Serena Williams, tennis superstar and 23-time grand slam champion, retires from the sport. In a recent interview, she made the disclosure and stated that she would not have done this if she were a man. She will compete in the U.S. Open, after which she will rest her racket. Serena and her husband had been planning for a second child, as Serena's eldest daughter secretly wishes for a younger sister and Serena, the youngest of five sisters, understands the importance of sisterhood and sibling love. Serena has opted not to take a chance by juggling parenthood, pregnancy, and playing tennis this time around because of the issues she experienced during the delivery of her first child, Olympia, which nearly caused her to endure a near death experience.
Serena, who will be 41 the next month, has won 73 career singles titles and 23 career doubles trophies. In 1999, when she was only 17 years old, she won her first major singles championship by winning the US Open. The very next year, she won the Olympic doubles title with her older sister Venus. Throughout her lengthy career, she has been vocal and unabashedly herself; as a result, she has inspired people all around the world.
Reactions pouring in social media where people feel Serena's decision is not unusual; many women throughout the world go through a similar phase in which they prioritise family over career. But it is a hard coice which only women are expected to make. Professionally, she intends to build Serena Ventures, a six-person investment firm that was one of MasterClass's earliest investors. This year, her company raised $111 million in outside funding.
Serena will look to finish on a high by winning the US open – which will be a fitting farewell to the legend.
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