GREATEST AMERICAN ATHLETE: Announces her Retirement

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American tennis player Serena Williams, winner of 23 Grand Slam titles, announced Tuesday in a letter published in Vogue magazine that she is prepared to leave tennis in the coming weeks and suggested that it will be after the US Open.

The tennis player, who is competing these days in the Toronto tournament, explained that she does not like to use the word retired and that she has been thinking about this “transition” that she prefers to describe as “evolution”.

“I am here to say that I am evolving from tennis to other things that are more important to me,” wrote the 40-year-old tennis player, who among the reasons she gives highlights her desire to be a mother again.

Williams has a daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., who was born on September 1, 2017, after a complicated delivery in which she suffered a pulmonary embolism.

The tennis player, considered the best in history and who will turn 41 at the end of September, confessed that Olympia wants a sister and that “sometimes, before going to bed, she prays to Jehovah to bring her a sister. (! He doesn’t ‘t want a boy at all!)”.

Williams, who yesterday won her first match in more than a year by defeating the Spanish Nuria Párrizas Díaz at the Toronto Masters, added that if she were a man she would not have had the need to write her letter.

“I’d be out there playing and winning while my wife is doing the physical work of expanding our family. Maybe I would have been more of a Tom Brady if I’d had that opportunity. And don’t get me wrong: I love being a wife and loved every second of Olympia’s pregnancy,” she added.

He also acknowledged that, unlike other athletes who left tennis when they felt it was their time, his retirement from competition is not a personal joy and he feels “great pain” at having to choose between his professional career and his personal life.

“I love to win. I love to battle. I love to entertain. I’m not sure all players see it that way but I love the acting aspect, being able to entertain people week after week,” she continued.

Although Williams did not explicitly state that she will retire after the US Open, which begins on August 29 in New York, she did say that she will try to win it and that she does not want a final moment of goodbye on the court.

The tennis player ended her letter in an emotional way, thanking the fans for the support they have given her.

“Please let them know that I am more grateful than words can ever express. They have pushed me to so many wins and so many trophies. I am going to miss that version of me, that girl who played tennis. I am going to miss you all.” “, I have ended up writing.

Serena Williams became a professional tennis player at the age of 14. She has won 23 Grand Slam tournaments.

Williams, who began her professional career in 1995 and is the sister of fellow tennis player Venus Williams, won her first singles title, the US Open, in 1999.

In 2002 he won his first Roland Garros precisely by defeating his sister Venus, and that same year he won his first Wimbledon.

Serena Williams has won the Australian Open seven times, another seven Wimbledon times, six US Opens and three Roland Garros.

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