Tennis legend Serena Williams has indicated that the upcoming U.S. Open will be her final tournament.
The 23-time grand-slam winner revealed in a newly published Vogue article her intention to retire -- "evolving away from tennis" -- so she can focus on her family and venture capital business.
Williams, who turns 41 next month, has played less frequently in recent years while dealing with injuries and raising her daughter, now 5. She is currently competing at the National Bank Open in Toronto, where she notched her first singles win in over a year on Monday.
In the Vogue article, Williams said she is at peace with her monumental legacy in the game.
She holds the record for most grand-slam titles in the Open era, and trails Margaret Court by only one title for the most in tennis history.
Unfortunately I wasn’t ready to win Wimbledon this year. And I don’t know if I will be ready to win New York. But I’m going to try. And the lead-up tournaments will be fun. I know there’s a fan fantasy that I might have tied Margaret that day in London, then maybe beat her record in New York, and then at the trophy ceremony say, “See ya!” I get that. It’s a good fantasy. But I’m not looking for some ceremonial, final on-court moment. I’m terrible at goodbyes, the world’s worst. But please know that I am more grateful for you than I can ever express in words. You have carried me to so many wins and so many trophies. I’m going to miss that version of me, that girl who played tennis. And I’m going to miss you.