Serena Williams shocked the tennis world on Tuesday afternoon by announcing she would be stepping away from the sport following the upcoming US Open.
The 40-year-old American star has not yet confirmed the date of her departure from the sport (and even avoided using the word ‘retirement’), but she will step away to spend more time with her five-year-old, Olympia, and her husband, Alexis Ohanian.
Williams is one of the best tennis players in the world and has been at the top of the sport since bursting onto the scene in 1997.
She has won an incredible 23 Grand Slam singles titles and four Olympic gold medals during her storied career. She has also given her fans a lifetime worth of fantastic memories.
Serena’s athleticism, strength, speed and flexibility – coupled with her determination to succeed – have made her a force to be reckoned with.
However, Serena is more than just a…