Famous journalist believes Serena Williams’s farewell was much like she would always have procrastinated

One of the top journalists speaks about the 23-time Grand Slam singles titles winner Serena Williams' retirement.

Serena Williams
Serena Williams

Serena Williams officially retired from the tennis world after her third-round loss at the 2022 US Open ending her career that lasted nearly three decades. She has been a true inspiration for millions of people around the world and has been one of the flag bearers in revolutionizing women’s tennis. She bid adieu in front of her home crowd in a fully filled Arthur Ashe stadium, the place where she won her first Grand Slam title in 1999.

Famous journalist of Slate magazine and host of the podcast ‘HangUp and Listen‘, during one of the podcasts, revealed that the American’s farewell was something she would have always envisioned for quite a time. He said “It seemed really fitting and appropriate that Serena’s career ended the way that she had wanted. Serena, maybe the greatest competitor in the history of the sport, deserved that ending.

He added that “That was her fighting in Ashe Stadium in an actual Grand Slam, where she kept saving those match points and just would not give up until the very end. And she got all the acclaim and everything that Federer had, but she did it in that competitive environment.

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Serena Williams
Serena Williams

Another host of the podcast also talked about how impactful the journey of Serena Williams and Roger Federer has been. He added that “Serena, Roger and Rafa, and others have sort of helped us to reconsider what might be the timeline for the champion athlete. And so I just can’t believe that the day has already arrived because in some ways it was easy to believe that he was immune to the aging process.

Serena Williams has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles in her career, the most by a player in the Open era. She received a heartwarming reception during all her matches at the US Open. She had announced her retirement through a Vogue magazine interview where she revealed about starting new beginnings with family and friends and leading a spiritual life. During one of her interviews, she spoke about the factors that led to her retirement.

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Prateek Pradhan is a tennis writer at FirstSportz. He is currently pursuing Journalism and Mass Communication from KIIT University, Bhubaneswar. He is very passionate about sports and a huge fan of Rafael Nadal. Other than tennis, he also follows football and cricket.