In a long interview, Martina Navratilova tried to explain the state of mind of Serena Williams, after the decision of the US star winner of 23 Slams to retire, probably at the end of the US Open 2022. Navratilova said: "It's a difficult time for Serena Williams.
When I retired in 1993, I revealed to the press that this was going to be my senior year. It was a mistake, because every tournament turned into a drama. Serena has announced her retirement in her own way, relying on Vogue. However, she can see that she struggles to accept defeat.
She wouldn't want to end her career like this." Navratilova thinks a fairytale ending for Serena is unlikely: "Emotions can push you to a certain point, but there is a limit. I can't imagine Serena's victory at the US Open: after the recent tournaments, it is excluded that she can lift the trophy in New York.
Plus, knowing she's in her latest tournament will stress her out even more. We just have to wait a few days and see what she will be able to do."
As everyone knows by now, Serena Williams will hang up her racket after the US Open 2022.
Although she has not indicated a precise date and place, everything suggests that Flushing Meadows will be the scene of her last dance. At nearly 41 year-old, the American legend has expressed a desire to spend more time with her family.
The 23-time Grand Slam champion has many interests besides tennis and she is looking forward to pursuing other projects. Barring a sensational backlash in New York, Serena won't be able to match Margaret Court's Grand Slam record.
The former WTA number 1 did not shine in either Toronto or Cincinnati, recovering from two very clear defeats that certainly did not make her smile. After the beating she suffered against Emma Raducanu in Ohio, Williams quickly left the court and did not want the organizers to organize a ceremony in her honor.