Serena Williams went to Tiger Woods to ask if she should retire: ‘I needed his advice’

Serena Williams, Tiger Woods

Serena Williams, Tiger Woods

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As Serena Williams thinking about her decision to retire from tennis, she went to ‘girlfriend’ Tiger Woods for advice.

Williams, 40, wrote on Tuesday in an I essay for Fashion that she plans to retire from her nearly 27-year professional tennis career after the upcoming US Open, her next and possibly last chance to claim her 24th Grand Slam win and break Margaret Court’s record.

Recently, when Williams “felt that itch to get back on the court” for the first time since her leg injury at Wimbledon in 2021, she went to none other than 46-year-old Woods, who became famous in professional golf around the world same time, Williams flew through the tennis world.

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“I said, ‘I don’t know what to do: I think I’m over it, but maybe I’m not done yet [tennis],'” Williams wrote Fashion. “He’s a tiger, and he insisted I’m a beast like him! He said, ‘Serena, what if you only give it two weeks? You don’t have to commit to anything. You just go out there and play every day for two weeks and give it your all and see what happens.’ I said, ‘Okay, I think I can do that.’ “

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Williams wrote that she waited a month before taking Wood’s advice and returning to court, saying it “felt magical to pick up a bat again.”

“I was good. I was really good,” Williams wrote of her comeback Fashion. “I’ve been thinking back and forth about playing Wimbledon and then the US Open. Like I said, this whole evolution thing hasn’t been easy for me.”

In June, the mother of 4-year-old Olympia lost a tough comeback match at Wimbledon to Harmony Tan, and she admitted she “wasn’t ready to win Wimbledon this year,” in her Fashion Piece.

“And I don’t know if I’ll be ready to win New York,” she continued. “But I will try it.”

As she prepares for the final Grand Slam tournament of the season, Williams did so win an individual victory for the first time in over a year when she defeated Spain’s Nuria Párrizas Díaz at the Canadian Open on Monday, boding well just weeks before the start of the US Open later in the month.

Serena Williams of the United States of America serves during her women's singles first round match against Laura Siegemund of Germany on day one of the Australian Open 2021 at Melbourne Park on February 08, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia.

Serena Williams of the United States of America serves during her women’s singles first round match against Laura Siegemund of Germany on day one of the Australian Open 2021 at Melbourne Park on February 08, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia.

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“I know there’s a fan fantasy that I tied up Margaret that day in London, then maybe broke her record in New York and then said at the awards ceremony, ‘See you!’ “Williams wrote about her upcoming retirement in Fashion. “…But I’m not looking for a ceremonial, final moment on the pitch. I’m terrible at goodbyes, the worst in the world. But please know that I am more grateful to you than I can ever put into words. You have carried me to so many wins and so many trophies. I will miss that version of me, that girl who played tennis. And I will miss you.”

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As Williams nears her final professional tennis games, Woods also faces uncertainty about his career. The golfing legend, whose 15 major championships are only behind Jack Nicklaus’ record 18, missed the cut at the British Open in Julyleading to an emotional moment as he left Scotland’s Old Course at St Andrews.

in the Fashion, Williams said she “reluctantly admitted” to herself or to those around her that “I need to stop playing tennis”. But the mother of 4-year-old Olympia and founder of investment firm Serena Ventures said she wants her attention to be on other things, and on her and her husband Alexis Ohanian would like to have another child.

Williams will play at the US Open in New York City, which begins August 29 and runs through September 11.

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