Serena Williams Says ‘Countdown’ To Retirement Has Begun

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    Serena Williams is a winner of 23 grand slam singles titles© AFP

    US tennis great Serena Williams announced on Tuesday that “the countdown has begun” to her retirement from the sport. “There comes a time in life when we have to decide to move in a different direction,” the 40-year-old 23-time Grand Slam winner said in a post on Instagram.

    “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.”

    “I have never liked the word retirement. 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. A few years ago I quietly started Serena Ventures, a venture capital firm. Soon after that, I started a family. I want to grow that family,” Serena wrote in a column for Vogue.

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