Serena Williams announces plans to retire after US Open

The 2022 US Open is Aug. 29, a date that tennis fans will circle for several reasons.

The latest reason became known Tuesday when Saginaw native Serena Williams announced her plan to retire after the Open.

Williams, who was born in Saginaw in 1981, announced her retirement plans in Vogue magazine.

“I have never liked the word retirement,” Williams writes. “It doesn’t feel like a modern word to me. I’ve been thinking of this as a transition, but I want to be sensitive about how I use that word, which means something very specific and important to a community of people. Maybe the best word to describe what I’m up to is evolution.”

According to the story, Williams made her decision to focus on having another child. Williams and her husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, have a 5-year-old daughter, Olympia.

Williams, 40, has won the Australian Open seven times, Wimbledon seven times, the US Open six times and French Open three times, giving her 23 Grand Slam singles championships.

She is one Grand Slam singles title behind Margaret Court, who won 24 Grand Slam titles before the Open era began in 1968.

Owning all four Grand Slam titles, but not in the same calendar year, became known as the Serena Slam. Adding the Olympic gold medal became known as the Golden Slam.

During her career, Williams won 73 singles championships, 14 Grand Slam doubles titles with her sister Venus Williams. She also won four Olympic gold medals, three in doubles with her sister Venus Williams. She was ranked No. 1 in the Women’s Tennis Association rankings for 186 consecutive weeks and was the No. 1 Player of the Year five times.

Williams turned pro in 1995 when she was 14 years old, winning her first Grand Slam singles title with the 1999 US Open.

In 2021, she was ranked 28th on Forbes’ World’s Highest-Paid Athletes list. She is the highest-earning female athlete in history.

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