Serena Williams’ legendary tennis career likely over after third-round singles’ play loss at US Open
Serena Williams is expected to announce she’s retiring from professional tennis next month, having seen her career reach its pinnacle.
Two successive finals at the All England championships and finals at the French Open last year are unlikely to be enough for a top player to retire.
She will also have one year left on her contract, meaning she will be eligible to sign with another team next month.
An announcement is likely in the coming days.
World number five Williams, 33, said she will decide on her future next month, having not played since she lost in the third singles’ match at the US Open.
‘I haven’t had a great year after two consecutive finals and two French Open wins; it just hasn’t been very easy for me mentally. I have some things to clear up,’ she said yesterday.
Williams lost to wild card Kristina Mladenovic in a third-round match after she broke in the second game of the third set, and went on to lose to seventh seed Johanna Konta in the third round.
Williams is considered a good bet to be the oldest woman to win a Grand Slam singles title, but she will need to prove that beyond doubt against those expected to be in her firing line when she does decide to end her long and distinguished career.
Serena Williams’ career is likely over if she retires from professional tennis, as she has not played a single match since losing in the third round of the US Open
‘I’ve been working hard in the past two months to try to figure out how I can prepare myself mentally, how I can get to new places, so the time is really right,’ Williams said.
The Australian Open champion has a year remaining on her contract and can also sign with a new team if she decides to give up tennis.
Williams was part of the US Open women’s team this week, a tournament where she has played twice since winning the French title in 2017.
She was due to play at the French Open in