Tennis legend, Serena Williams, announced her retirement in a Vogue story on Tuesday.
“I have never liked the word retirement,” Williams wrote. “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.”
Williams is highly regarded as one of the best athletes of all time. She acknowledged in her Vogue article that some of her critics have pointed out that she hasn’t won the most grand slam titles in women’s tennis history.
“There are people who say I’m not the GOAT because I didn’t pass Margaret Court’s record of 24 grand slam titles, which she achieved before the ‘open era’ that began in 1968,” Williams wrote. “I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want that record.”
She declared that after the U.S. Open, which will take place in late August or early September, she would retire. She would share the grand slam record with Court if she wins there.
“I don’t know if I will be ready to win New York,” Williams wrote regarding the Queens-based competition. “But I’m going to try.”
“I never wanted to have to choose between tennis and a family. I don’t think it’s fair,” Williams wrote. “If I were a guy, I wouldn’t be writing this because I’d be out there playing and winning while my wife was doing the physical labor of expanding our family.”
In the announcement, Williams put a strong emphasis on her family, stating that her daughter wishes to be an older sister. Alexis Ohanian, the creator of Reddit, is her husband.
“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,” Williams wrote in an Instagram post Tuesday.