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Serena Williams’ phenomenal career has ended after she fell to Ajla Tomljanovi in three sets in the 3rd round of the U.S. Open on Friday evening.
Williams, who announced in a Vogue article last month that she’d be stepping from tennis following the U.S. Open, spoke with ESPN’s Mary Joe Fernandez following the match.
Fernandez asked Williams if there is any chance she could return, and she provided the next response:
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Serena when asked if she’ll reconsider her decision to step from playing tennis: “I don’t believe so, nevertheless, you never know. I have no idea.” #USOpen2022
Williams, 40, is really a 23-time Grand Slam singles winner who has played professionally since October 1995.
Wiliiams’ career accolades stand second to no-one in tennis.
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After 27 years, Serena’s career involves a detailed
4x Olympic gold
23 Grand Slam singles titles
14 Grand Slam doubles titles
Only tennis player to attain the career Golden Slam in both singles and doubles
Joint longest run because the No. 1-ranked female player pic.twitter.com/7eTARuiP05
Her 23 Grand Slam singles titles include seven Australian Opens, three French Opens, seven Wimbledons and six U.S. Opens. Furthermore, she and her sister Venus Willams won 14 Grand Slam women’s doubles titles.
Serena won four straight Grand Slam titles on two separate occasions (2002-2003, 2014-2015) and won 90.0 percent or even more of her singles matches in four different years (2002, 2003, 2012, 2013). Which includes a sensational 78-5 mark in 2013.
Williams also won Olympic gold four times (three doubles, one singles).
Frankly, even though Williams retired in the 2000s, she’d have nothing left to prove. Another comeback will make for an epic storyline, but if that is it for Williams, then she is out having an unbelievable career spanning four different decades that cemented her because the greatest tennis player ever sold.