Serena Williams has announced her retirement in an essay for Vogue in September, confirming that she intends to compete in the United States Open as her last tournament. The couple, together with her four-year-old daughter, Olympia Ohanian, decided to withdraw and leave the sport this fall.
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Serena now wants to focus her attention on her venture capital company, Serena Ventures. I am attempting to be more sensitive about how I use that term, which means something specific and important to a community of people. Maybe the best word to describe what Im up to is evolution. Im here to tell you that Im evolving away from tennis, toward other things that are important to me.
Serena admitted that while she negotiated her decision, she realized there is no satisfaction in talking about retiring. It's the hardest thing I could ever imagine. I hate it. I hate that I must be at this intersection.
Serena achieved 23 Grand Slam titles while two months pregnant and battling depression. Despite wanting to surpass that record, Serena strives to continue her career proudly, noting how she triumphed one of her titles during her pregnancy, then played after having a C-section, and while she was breastfeeding and suffering from depression. These days, if I have to choose between building my tennis resume and establishing my family, I will do so.
Momentan is gearing up.
Serena also revealed in her essay that she's already talked to her doctor about expanding her family. First, she said, she was kind enough to recognize that whenever [they're] ready, [they] may add to [their] family. I'm terrible at goodbyes, the world's worst. But please know that I'm more grateful than I can ever say in words. You have taken me to so many victories and so many trophies. Im going to miss you, the girl who played tennis.
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