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Serena Williams Thanks Followers "From the Backside of My Coronary heart" After Final Canadian Open Match

Serena Williams performed the Canadian Open for the final time Wednesday evening. The 40-year-old tennis star’s profession has spanned a long time, incomes her 23 Grand Slam singles titles, 4 Olympic gold medals, and worldwide recognition as one of many biggest tennis gamers of all time.

The athlete just lately introduced she was retiring from tennis in a first-person essay for Vogue, making her final match on the Canadian Open an emotional one. After shedding to 2020 Olympic gold medalist Belinda Bencic, Williams was honored with a standing ovation. In a postmatch interview with Tennis Channel, Williams mentioned the expertise was “so memorable” earlier than giving a tearful farewell to Toronto. “I am horrible at goodbyes,” she mentioned earlier than thanking cheering followers for his or her assist. Spectators held up indicators thanking Williams for her dedication to the sport.

“I’ve all the time had some wonderful occasions right here each on and off the court docket. I will be coming again simply as a customer to this metropolis,” Williams instructed the viewers. She ended with a remaining thank-you “from the underside of my coronary heart” and instructed followers, “It has been a pleasure taking part in in entrance of you guys all these years.”

Plainly Williams will likely be targeted on rising her companies and household after retirement. In her Vogue essay, she wrote: “I am evolving away from tennis, towards different issues which can be essential to me. A number of years in the past I quietly began Serena Ventures, a enterprise capital agency. Quickly after that, I began a household. I need to develop that household.”

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Williams has a 4-year-old daughter, Olympia, with husband Alexis Ohanian, and the couple are planning to have extra youngsters. “Within the final yr, Alexis and I’ve been attempting to have one other youngster, and we just lately obtained some data from my physician that put my thoughts relaxed and made me really feel that every time we’re prepared, we will add to our household. I positively do not need to be pregnant once more as an athlete. I have to be two ft into tennis or two ft out,” she wrote. Serena, we want you all the very best.

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