Serena Williams Says 'countdown' To Retirement Has Started
Muhammad Irfan Published August 10, 2022 | 01:00 AM
However, she has failed to add a 24th major which would take her level with Margaret Court's all-time record.
"There comes a time in life when we have to decide to move in a different direction," she said on Instagram.
"I have to focus on being a mom, my spiritual goals and finally discovering a different, but just exciting Serena. I'm gonna relish these next few weeks." Williams stepped onto a hardcourt for the first time in a year and a half on Monday in the WTA Toronto tournament where she reached the second round with a straight sets victory over Spaniard Nuria Parrizas Diaz.
It was her first singles victory since the 2021 French Open, 14 months ago.
"Unfortunately I wasn't ready to win Wimbledon this year," she said in the publication.
"And I don't know if I will be ready to win New York. But I'm going to try. And the lead-up tournaments will be fun. I know there's a fan fantasy that I might have tied Margaret that day in London, then maybe beat her record in New York, and then at the trophy ceremony say, 'See ya!' I get that. It's a good fantasy.
"But I'm not looking for some ceremonial, final on-court moment. I'm terrible at goodbyes, the world's worst."