Serena Williams announces her retirement

Former world number one Serena Williams returned to the court after a year during Wimbledon 2022, where she bowed out in her opening round in the women's singles.

Since then, speculations were rife that the 23-time Grand Slam winner will very soon announce her retirement from the game.

On Tuesday (August 09), Serena dropped a bomb and claimed she is set to retire, although in her own terms and her own way.

She said she is "evolving away from tennis" as she hinted at retiring from her beloved sport.

This comes after Williams' subsequent singles match post her return, beating Spain's Nuria Parrizas Diaz to arrive at Toronto Open's subsequent round.

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"I have never liked the word retirement," Williams wrote in an article in Vogue. "It doesn`t feel like a modern word to me. I`ve been thinking of this as a transition but I want to be sensitive about how I use that word, which means something very specific and important to a community of people.

Maybe the best word to describe what I`m up to is evolution. I`m here to tell you that I`m evolving away from tennis, toward other things that are important to me," she said.

"A couple of years prior I unobtrusively began Serena Ventures, a funding firm. Not long after that, I began a family. I need to develop that family." Williams later talked in an Instagram present about the time on move in a "alternate bearing."

"That time is always hard when you love something so much. My goodness do I enjoy tennis. "But now, the countdown has begun. 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," Serena added.

The US sensation has won as many as 23 Grand Slam titles and her last title came in 2017. Thus, the 40-year-old will be determined to bow out from the sport on a high by winning the forthcoming US Open.