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Serena Williams Officially Announces Her Retirement From Tennis

**Serena Williams Officially Declares Retirement from Tennis**

In a heartfelt message to her fans and followers, Serena Williams has officially announced her retirement from professional tennis. The tennis icon shared her sentiments in a special feature with Vogue magazine, where she expressed her gratitude to her supporters who have been with her through countless victories and championships.

Despite aiming for the 2022 U.S. Open, Serena acknowledges that her time in the sport is coming to a close as she faces a pivotal moment in her life—one that requires her to choose between her career in tennis and her role as a mother and family woman.

Reflecting on a touching moment with her daughter Alexis Olympia, who expressed her wish to be a big sister in the future, Serena delves into the challenges women face when having to decide between pursuing their professional ambitions and nurturing their families.

In her candid piece for Vogue, Serena opens up about the dilemma of balancing her tennis career with motherhood, emphasizing that the choice feels unfair and highlighting the societal expectations placed on women.

The tennis superstar also reveals her plans for the future, preferring to frame her departure from the sport as an “evolution” rather than a traditional retirement. She shares her aspirations to focus on her venture capital firm, Serena Ventures, and to continue expanding her family with her husband Alexis Ohanian.

In a candid moment, Serena discloses her and Alexis’s efforts to conceive another child, expressing her relief at receiving positive news from her doctor that gives her peace of mind about growing her family. She acknowledges the need to be fully committed either to tennis or to her family, recognizing the challenges of balancing both worlds simultaneously.

As Serena closes this chapter of her career on the court, she looks ahead to new opportunities and experiences in her evolving journey beyond tennis, embracing the transitions that lie ahead with grace and determination.

 

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Elsewhere in the article, Serena Williams expresses her struggle with being at a pivotal point in her tennis career, describing it as the most challenging situation she could have imagined. While facing this crossroads, she acknowledges both her reluctance for it to end and her readiness for the next phase.

“I hate it. I hate that I have to be at this crossroads. I keep saying to myself, I wish it could be easy for me, but it’s not. I’m torn: I don’t want it to be over, but at the same time I’m ready for what’s next.”

Her fans eagerly anticipate what lies ahead for the tennis icon.

Sending well wishes and hoping for some well-deserved rest as she prepares for her final appearance at the upcoming U.S. Open later this month.

 

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To read the complete cover story, visit Vogue.com.

Vogue’s September 2022 issue hits newsstands nationwide on August 16th.

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