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Serena Williams has announced that she will be retiring from tennis.
The 23-time grand slam champion won her first singles match in more than a year on Monday evening at the National Bank Open in Toronto, but she revealed in a first-person piece for Vogue that she has decided to retire.
“I’m writing to let you know that I’m transitioning away from tennis and toward other things that are important to me,” she wrote.
Williams has committed to playing in the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati next week, as well as the US Open later this month, which appears to be her final tournament.
“Unfortunately, I wasn’t prepared to win Wimbledon this year,” the 40-year-old admitted.
“And I’m not sure if I’ll be ready to win in New York.” But I’m going to give it a shot. And the warm-up tournaments will be entertaining.
“I know there’s a fan fantasy that I might have tied Margaret (Court’s record of 24 slam singles titles) that day in London, then beat her in New York, and then say, ‘See ya!'”
“I understand. It’s an enjoyable fantasy. But I’m not looking for a grand finale on the court. I’m the world’s worst at saying goodbye.”