Sports reporter Howard Bryant commented on Serena Williams' decision to hang up the racket. He said: "I always say that there are three ways to retire when you are a champion. The first possibility is that the game pushes you out, letting you know that you no longer have the necessary level to compete at the highest level.
The second is that it is yours. body to mind quitting. Then there is the third hypothesis: retire when you are still on top. Serena Williams would like to end with a flourish, but I don't know if it will be possible. We all know that her big goal is to win that 24th Grand Slam and equal Margaret Court's all-time record.
At the same time, Serena is far from the glories of the past and she hasn't played a full season in years. I doubt a 40-year-old female player can make the effort to win a Major." Greg Rusedski is not of the same opinion: "Woe to underestimate a champion like Serena.
She will have her entire crowd on her side and it will not be easy for her opponents to play against her."
Through an article published in Vogue, Serena Williams announced that the end of her career is now imminent.
Without indicating a precise date, the former WTA number 1 has made it clear that the US Open 2022 will be her last professional tournament. The American legend, who will turn 41 next month, entered the circuit way back in 1995 and has had a fabulous career.
Her first of her 23 Majors arrived in 1999 at the US Open (when she was only 17), while her last seal dates back to the Australian Open 2017. Barring a sensational backlash in New York, Serena won't be able to match Margaret Court's all-time Grand Slam record.
Williams, who has played very little in the past two seasons, is entered for the Cincinnati tournament before the heartbreaking farewell in the Big Apple.