Serena Williams, former World Number 1, dropped a truth bomb when she announced her retirement from the competitive world and she will be playing her last Grand Slam event at the US Open 2022. She has won 23 singles Grand Slam titles and is the record holder for having the most number of Grand Slams in the Open era. She is just one behind the all-time record holder Margaret Court.
Currently, she advanced into the second round at the National Bank Open in Toronto where she will face Belinda Bencic. She defeated Nuria Parrizas-Diaz in the first round in straight sets. Her last win came at the French Open in 2021. She is undoubtedly one of the greatest female athletes around the world and has inspired millions over her career which lasted for more than two decades.
“If I were a guy, I would be playing and my wife would take care of other things” Serena Williams decided to choose family over tennis
Kelvin MacKenzie, a former editor of the British tabloid newspaper The Sun, expressed his disagreement with the decision stated by Serena regarding her retirement. He even said that there is no such player of either gender to be playing at such an age. He even went on to say that it’s was her decision and she doesn’t need to make any sexist remarks about her decision. He made a post on his social media account stating “Nauseating to see Serena Williams turn her retirement into a sex war. She is almost 41. There are no major tennis champs at 41. Of either sex.“
Serena in her post-retirement interview revealed the fact that it was a very tough call to make for her when she had to choose between tennis and her family and she had many things going on her plate. She is happy that she would be getting to spend quality time with her daughter Olympia Ohanian but also will miss playing a lot. She had said, “If I were a guy, I wouldn’t be writing this because I’d be out there playing and winning while my wife was doing the physical labor of expanding our family. A lot of people don’t realize that I was two months pregnant when I won the Australian Open in 2017.“
The American has received a wild-card entry for the Cincinnati Open in Toronto before she bids her farewell at the US Open which starts on 29 August in front of her home crowd and the place where she won her first Grand Slam title in the year 1999.