Serena Williams performed the Canadian Open for the final time Wednesday night time. The 40-year-old tennis star’s profession has spanned many years, incomes her 23 Grand Slam singles titles, 4 Olympic gold medals, and worldwide recognition as one of many best tennis gamers of all time.
The athlete recently announced she was retiring from tennis in a first-person essay for Vogue, making her final match on the Canadian Open an emotional one. After dropping to 2020 Olympic gold medalist Belinda Bencic, Williams was honored with a standing ovation. In a postmatch interview with Tennis Channel, Williams mentioned the expertise was “so memorable” earlier than giving a tearful farewell to Toronto. “I am horrible at goodbyes,” she mentioned earlier than thanking cheering followers for his or her assist. Spectators held up indicators thanking Williams for her dedication to the sport.
“I’ve all the time had some wonderful instances right here each on and off the court docket. I will be coming again simply as a customer to this metropolis,” Williams instructed the viewers. She ended with a last thank-you “from the underside of my coronary heart” and instructed followers, “It has been a pleasure enjoying in entrance of you guys all these years.”
Plainly Williams can be targeted on rising her companies and household after retirement. In her Vogue essay, she wrote: “I am evolving away from tennis, towards different issues which might be necessary to me. Just a few years in the past I quietly began Serena Ventures, a enterprise capital agency. Quickly after that, I began a household. I wish to develop that household.”
Williams has a 4-year-old daughter, Olympia, with husband Alexis Ohanian, and the couple are planning to have extra youngsters. “Within the final 12 months, Alexis and I’ve been attempting to have one other youngster, and we not too long ago acquired some info from my physician that put my thoughts relaxed and made me really feel that at any time when we’re prepared, we are able to add to our household. I undoubtedly do not wish to be pregnant once more as an athlete. I have to be two ft into tennis or two ft out,” she wrote. Serena, we want you all the perfect.
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