Serena Williams’ Last Match?

Mandy Phung and Emily Li

After 27 years as a professional tennis player, Serena Williams has hinted at retirement. With four Olympic gold medals and 23 Grand Slam titles, she has set a high standard of accomplishment for others to emulate. Williams once said, “Luck has nothing to do with it, because I have spent countless hours on the court working for my one moment in time, not knowing when it would come.”

In 2017 Serena and her husband, Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian, welcomed a beautiful daughter, Olympia and her life was no longer just about professional tennis. Injuries began to impact Williams’ success on the court. In December 2021 she injured her hamstring and had to withdraw from the Australian Open. “I’m here to tell you that I’m evolving away from tennis, toward other things that are important to me,” said Serena. “I have never liked the word ‘retirement’, maybe the best word to describe what I’m up to is ‘evolution’.”

After losing to Ajla Tomljanovic in the third round of the US Open, Williams told a reporter that she might continue playing professional tennis stating, “you never know. I don’t know.”

Can Serena Williams win one more Grand Slam title to match Margaret Court of Australia? Williams is ahead of Steffi Graf (Germany) 22 titles, Chris Evert (USA) 18, Billie Jean King (USA) 12, and Monica Seles 9, on the all time list for women’s single tennis.