American tennis maverick Serena Williams made headlines on Monday, October 24, when she revealed that she has not retired from the sport. The 41-year-old also stated that her chances of returning to the court are significantly high.
The comments by Williams come after she indicated that she will retire from professional tennis following the US Open in 2022. She made the comments during a press conference in San Francisco, where she was promoting Serena Ventures, one of her businesses.
Serena was knocked out of US Open 2022 singles by Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic, whereas she and her partner, also her sister, Venus, were knocked out of the doubles only a day before.
Who is Serena Williams?
Oracene Price and Richard Williams welcomed Williams into the world on September 26, 1981 in Saginaw, Michigan. She is the youngest of Price’s five daughters, which also include older sister Venus and half-sisters Yetunde, Lyndrea, and Isha Price.
Furthermore, she has a minimum of seven paternal half-siblings. She began playing tennis at the age of four after the family relocated to Compton, California, when the kids were still very little. Her father instructed her and her sister Venus at home before subsequently instructing them in public courts.
Her other mentors included Richard Williams ( no relation), who later formed The Venus and Serena Williams Tennis/Tutorial Academy.
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Serena Williams is a tennis player who, during the open era, won 23 more Grand Slam singles titles than any other man or woman and transformed women’s tennis with her aggressive style of play.
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Just a year after her sister Venus, Williams began her career as a professional. The sisters quickly gained a lot of attention due to their strong serves, ground strokes, and exceptional athleticism. It was Serena who achieved the feat by winning the 1999 U.S. Open, contrary to popular belief that Venus would be the first Williams sister to win a Grand Slam singles title. The sisters won the doubles competition at that competition, and throughout their careers, they combined for 14 Grand Slam doubles victories.
In 2014, Williams successfully defended her U.S. Open title , giving her 18 Grand Slam victories overall and equal Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert for the second-highest number of women’s singles victories in the open era. Williams won Wimbledon once more in 2016, giving her 22 Grand Slam singles victories overall, tying Graf for the most in the open era of competition for both men and women. At the 2017 Australian Open, where she defeated her sister Venus in the championship match, Williams broke Graf’s previous mark.
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Williams stated in April of that year that she was expecting a child (she had became engaged to Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian in December 2016) and would miss the rest of the 2017 campaign. She gave birth to a daughter in September, and two months later, she wed Ohanian. In March 2018, Williams made her tennis comeback. Despite making it to the finals at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open that year, she was unable to capture an event. Williams was fined a game after fighting with the chair umpire about a code violation, which made the latter defeat contentious.
At the Grand Slam competition, which gets underway on Monday, seven-time champion Williams plans to make a comeback in the singles division. When the American, slipped during her first-round match almost a year ago, she tore her hamstring. Since waving an emotional farewell to Centre Court last year after slipping in the match against Belarus’ Aliaksandra Sasnovich, she hasn’t played singles. But now due the popular decision of the All England Club, she is all set to return once again.
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Williams, a seven-time winner, will make a comeback in the singles match at the Grand Slam competition, which gets underway on Monday. She hasn’t participated in a singles event since waving an emotional goodbye to Centre Court last year after tripping during her match against Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus.