Tennis icon and innovative athlete Serena Williams announced that she is retiring from tennis after the US Open championship, The Guardian reported on Tuesday.
The 40-year-old athlete expressed her thoughts about stepping away the playground in a column published in Vogue magazine.
She wrote: “I have never liked the word retirement,” she wrote. “Maybe the best word to describe what I’m up to is evolution. I’m here to tell you that I’m evolving away from tennis, toward other things that are important to me.”
In the past a few years, Williams established a number of investments, and contributed in several organizations as a preparation for the moment she decides to surrender the game. But, one of her essential reasons for that is expanding her family.
“I never wanted to have to choose between tennis and a family. I don’t think it’s fair,” Williams wrote. “If I were a guy, I wouldn’t be writing this because I’d be out there playing and winning while my wife was doing the physical labor of expanding our family,” the athlete explained.
She concluded: “I know it’s not the usual thing to say, but I feel a great deal of pain. It’s the hardest thing that I could ever imagine. I hate it. I hate that I have to be at this crossroads. I keep saying to myself, I wish it could be easy for me, but it’s not. I’m torn: I don’t want it to be over, but at the same time I’m ready for what’s next.”