Serena Williams is addressing the retirement conversation surrounding her career. The tennis star has left an indelible mark on the sports industry with her impressive skills that made her a 23-time Grand Slam champion. However, her last few matches have been challenging due to injuries such as a torn hamstring that kept her from competing in the 2021 U.S. Open. But the 40-year-old designer hasn’t given up yet.
While she is prepared for retirement, she is still eyeing another Grand Slam title. If Serena wins another title, she will be tied with Margaret Court who has 24 Grand Slam titles. Serena spoke with Entertainment Tonight about retiring and expanding her family.
"I am prepared for that day, I've been prepared for that day for over a decade," she said about retiring. "So, I've always -- if you've seen King Richard you know that my dad always said you got to prepare, so I've been prepared for that. You know, at the end of the day, I think it's really important to always have a plan and that's kind of what I did. I always had a plan." A part of her retirement plan may also involve her and her husband, Alexis Ohanian, having more kids.
The couple share 4-year-old daughter Alexis Olympia Ohaninan Jr. and she seems to be following in her mother’s footsteps. Serena shares photos and videos of Olympia playing tennis and the two of them wearing matching outfits on Instagram.
The tennis champ revealed that she enjoys motherhood and she strives to be the “best mom” and right now she’s trying to balance it all. "I definitely want to have more kids, it's just like, balance is key, you know, and just trying to find that balance," she said. "I don't know, it's always like, OK, are we ready? And I know the clock is ticking so I'm just like OK, I need to figure out when that's going to be, but hopefully soon when I will feel no pressure."
Currently, Serena is on a high after finding out that King Richard was nominated for six Oscar’s including Best Picture. She reacted to the news on Instagram. “I woke up to this. Our film is really nominated for an OSCAR!!!!!!! This is CRAZY!!!!!!! From Compton to Wimbledon to Academy awards. Everyone can dream. And your dream can come true. OK, I am definitely crying this morning. Congrats to the entire film and crew,” she wrote. She went on to tag all of those who were involved with the making of the film and ended her caption with, “Congrats to EVERYONE I did not '@' as I am so emotional 😭😭😭😭.”
Serena and Venus’ older sister Isha Price served as an executive producer on the film.
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