‘Nothing is a sacrifice to me’: Serena Williams announces her retirement from tennis and explains why

Superstar Serena Williams announced her retirement from tennis, saying “nothing is a sacrifice for her” as she explained she was choosing to build her family over her tennis resume.

In a long article written by the 40-year-old tennis superstar to the FashionSerena spoke about how much she will miss the part of her that played tennis, but how she’s come to a moment in her life where she wants to expand her family and not “become pregnant as an athlete again”.

Williams and husband Alexis Ohanian share a daughter, Alexis Olympia, who turns five this month.

“Believe me, I never wanted to choose between tennis and a family,” the tennis star wrote. “I don’t think that’s fair. If I were a man I wouldn’t be writing this because I would be out there playing and winning while my wife does the physical labor to expand our family.”

“Maybe I’d be more of a Tom Brady if I had that opportunity,” she added. “Don’t get me wrong, I love being a woman and I’ve enjoyed every second of my pregnancy with Olympia. I was one of those annoying women who loved being pregnant and worked up until the day I had to report to the hospital – although things got super complicated on the other side.”

“And I almost did the impossible: A lot of people don’t know that I was two months pregnant when I won the Australian Open in 2017,” Williams continued. “But I’ll be 41 this month, so there has to be something here. I’ve never liked the word retirement. It doesn’t feel like a modern word to me.”

The athlete explained that she prefers to think of this time as “transition” and “evolution” and wrote that she is “evolving away from tennis towards other things that are important to me”.

“A few years ago, I quietly founded Serena Ventures, a venture capital firm. Shortly thereafter I started a family. I want to enlarge this family.” Williams shared, while also admitting that the thought of retirement gives her “great pain” and isn’t something she’s looking forward to. She wrote that she was “torn: I don’t want it to be over, but at the same time I’m ready for what’s next.”

And she shared that “if I have to choose between building my tennis resume and building my family, I’ll choose the latter,” as she explained that when it comes to her daughter, “nothing is a sacrifice” for her is. “It just all makes sense,” she said.

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