Tennis champion, Serena Williams, had announced that the countdown has begun to her retirement from the sport.
Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam winner, in a post on her Instagram page on Tuesday, said a time has come in her life for her to move in a different direction.
The 40-year-old said that she has to focus on being a mum and achieve her spiritual growth.
“There comes a time in life when we have to decide to move in a different direction. That time is always hard when you love something so much. My goodness do I enjoy tennis. But now, the countdown has begun.
“I have to focus on being a mom, my spiritual goals, and finally discovering a different, but just exciting Serena. I’m gonna relish these next few weeks,” she wrote.
In an exclusive piece in Vogue magazine, Williams noted that she had never liked the word “retirement,” but would rather go with the word “evolution.”
“I have never liked the word retirement. It doesn’t feel like a modern word to me. I’ve been thinking of this as a transition, but I want to be sensitive about how I use that word, which means something very specific and important to a community of people.
“Maybe the best word to describe what I’m up to is evolution. I’m here to tell you that I’m evolving away from tennis toward other things that are important to me.
“A few years ago I quietly started Serena Ventures, a venture capital firm. Soon after that, I started a family. I want to grow that family,” she said.
Williams is not quitting immediately. She’s currently playing in a tournament in Toronto, and won her first match in 430 days on Monday, after battling health issues for the past few seasons.
The tennis star said she is still hopeful she can play at the US Open in New York later this month. She’s also committed to playing at next week’s Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.
In her piece, Williams said she is not looking for the kind of “farewell” tour that many male athletes have enjoyed before their imminent retirements.
Instead, the younger half of the famed Williams sisters thanked fans in her and admitted that she’s going to miss the game.
“But I’m not looking for some ceremonial, final on-court moment,’ she continued. ‘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,” she wrote.