Serena Williams gives further insight into retirement decision as Bradley Cooper turns host for the Williams Sisters

In a recent interview with Bradley Cooper, Serena Williams opens up on her retirement decision as she steps away from the sport after 27 years.

Venus Williams and Serena Williams and Bradley Cooper - IMAGO/Mediapunch
Venus Williams, Serena Williams and Bradley Cooper - IMAGO/Mediapunch

Former World No. 1 Serena Williams brought an end to her glorious career at the 2022 US Open. The 40-year-old decided to bow out in front of her home crowd and despite a run to the 3rd round, she received a heartwarming reception in her final tournament.

Speaking with Bradley Cooper in a recent interview for the A+E Networks, Serena talked about what factors led to her retirement decision. “I just needed to stop. I always said I wanted to stop when I’m playing really good tennis and winning and beating good players.

“For me, it’s really about things I want to do spiritually and spending time with my daughter and family. As a super hands-on mom, I can’t tell you how hard it was,” said Serena talking to the Hollywood superstar with sister Venus Williams also by her side.

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“I feel like if I want to come back, I definitely can still come back,”: Serena Williams

Serena Williams with daughter Olympia Ohanian
Serena Williams with daughter Olympia Ohanian

Serena Williams won the 2017 Australian Open, her 23rd Grand Slam title while being eight to nine weeks pregnant. Post that, she reached four Grand Slam finals, twice in Wimbledon in 2018 and 2019 and twice in the US Open in 2018 and 2019. She had to settle for the runners-up trophy both times.

“I lost so many matches after I had Olympia” — in 2017 — “because it was so hard to be on the court. I feel like I’ve given so much of my life to tennis, my entire life, that it’s time to do something different for me and also work on other things.

“I feel like if I want to come back, I definitely can still come back,” added the 23-time major winner giving further insight into her retirement decision. For fans, Serena continues to tease at a possible return to the Tour in the near future as, despite no preparation, Williams did manage to defeat the World No. 2 Anett Kontaveit.

Williams further opened up on how she is spending her time now away from the court. “Some days, I’m like, ‘When is the last time I’ve been outside?’ So that’s normal. It’s making sure I’m out there enough so it’s not too much of an event [when I do go out].

“The other day, I wanted to get something to eat and I ended up staying home. I don’t want to overdo that. it’s important to step out just enough,” added Williams giving fans a hint of life after ‘evolution’ from tennis.

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Sarthak Shitole is a tennis writer at FirstSportz. Despite being a lifelong Roger Federer fan, he has admiration for other tennis stars as well.