Serena Williams Reveals Her Biggest Takeaways From Tennis Will Be Once She Retires

Published 03/27/2021, 1:00 PM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 14, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. reacts during her fourth round match against Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Veteran tennis superstar Serena Williams has opened up on what her abiding takeaways from tennis will be once she decides to hang up her racquet.


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Driven by her undying passion for the sport, the 23-time Grand Slam champion continues to be in the hunt for titles at an age when many of her contemporaries have settled into retirement.

Serena Williams says she will treasure her amazing memories and countless when she retires


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Even as her diehard fans would probably want her to go on forever, one suspects the day isn’t too far off when the 39-year-old says enough is enough. And to a fan query on what she would take away from the sport when she finally decides to call it quits, the American said golden memories and countless trophies.

“I think the best thing I’ll take from tennis after retirement is so many amazing memories and also a tremendous amount of trophies,” Serena said.

However, the Serena fans can rest assured that the day won’t come any time soon. Her focused drills and recent run of results are clear indicators that there are plenty more memories to be made and trophies to be won before the champion finally calls it quits.

While she holds just about every record in women’s tennis, there’s one that remains elusive despite being within touching distance.

Serena still chasing legendary Margaret Court’s elusive mark

Since lifting the women’s championship title at the 2017 Australian Open, Serena has gone three years without a Grand Slam trophy. Though that glory day at Melbourne Park took her past Steffi Graf’s career tally of 22 Grand Slam titles, the 39-year-old is still chasing her 24th Major.

That elusive Grand Slam title will see her equal the legendary Margaret Court’s incredible career haul of Major trophies, which is the highest across the men’s and women’s field of the game.

Naturally, Serena came into this year’s Australian Open in the hope of touching the record on Court’s native soil. The veteran opened her campaign with a thumping win and went from strength to strength on the way to reaching the semifinals.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 18, 2021, Serena Williams of the U.S. reacts during her semi final match against Japan’s Naomi Osaka REUTERS/Loren Elliott

She did run into tricky opponents in the form of Belarussian star Aryna Sabalenka and two-time Grand Slam champion Simona Halep but cleared both the tests with flying colors.


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However, she couldn’t fight past her nemesis and eventual champion Naomi Osaka in the last four.


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Williams, however, is not one to give up easily and will now be looking at French Open to equal that record.


Priyabrata Chowdhury

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.



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