Serena Williams: 'It's been an interesting 24 hours'

“It was an interesting 24 hours”

After a long hiatus and a desire to try again, Serena Williams is nearing the end of her glorious career as a professional tennis player. The American player, who turns 41 on September 26, announced yesterday that the US Open 2022 will be her “farewell to her”, after which it will be time to turn to her non-tennis life and hers in particular to dedicate to family.

News and tributes follow one another on social media, including that of a very special person for Serena and her sister Venus: their former coach Rick Macci, who led their first steps to the top of world tennis.

“It was a great start and an even better ending,” Macci wrote in a short post on Instagram. Several high-level players have gone through Rick Macci’s training and benefited from his teachings to reach the heights of world tennis.

Andy Roddick, Jennifer Capriati, Maria Sharapova and of course Serena and Venus Williams. All the tennis players who became world No. 1 with him by his side. As for the Williams sisters, Macci had already predicted their brilliant careers which have seen Serena conquer 23 Slam singles titles – no player male or female has equaled that record to date – and Venus win 21 but add singles added and doubled.

“I think the day will come when both girls can meet in a Grand Slam final,” Macci said years ago in a video he reposted on Instagram. “Richard [his father of his] is very lucky. Lucky to have one in the family, but he has two.”

In the clip, you can also hear Macci, while praising Venus, make a special comment about Serena, calling her the best athlete he’s ever coached at his academy. “Venus Williams is a great ball hitter. She is very aggressive and we try to teach her to use her athletic skills to attack.

On the other hand, Serena is probably the best athlete I’ve ever had in this academy.”

Williams reflected on her loss

Serena Williams bade a tearful farewell to Toronto faithful after her defeat, saying she had “terrible goodbyes” as she looked back on her memorable career.

“It was just so unforgettable. You know how I said in my article, I’m terrible at goodbyes. But goodbye Toronto,” Williams said. Reflecting on “an interesting 24 hours” after her defeat by Bencic, Williams wished she had played better as she congratulated her younger opponent.

“There was obviously a lot of emotion,” Williams added. “I love playing here, I’ve always loved playing here. I wish I could have played better but Belinda played so well today. It was an interesting 24 hours.”

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