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Former world number one, Serena Williams has announced her retirement from professional tennis.

The 40-year-old announced her retirement in an essay published in Vogue.

She will step away from her career of nearly 27 years after the upcoming US Open. She hopes to make it her final Grand Slam victory.

People reports that when Williams recently felt “the itch to get back on court” for the first time since she injured her leg at Wimbledon in 2021, she went to none other than 46-year-old Tiger Woods, who rose to prominence in professional golf around the same time Williams soared through the tennis world.

The athlete says she’s not going to call it retirement, but rather an evolution.

“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.”

Besides her successful tennis career, Serena is also at the head of her own company Serena Ventures, a venture capital firm.

She also touched on the topic of having more kids with her husband Alexis Ohanian. The married couple has a 4-year-old daughter Olympia.

“I started a family. I want to grow that family.”

Image credit: The New York Times

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