Serena Williams has given an honest look at her retirement and said there is no excuse for her not playing tennis at the highest level. The 23-time Grand Slam winner showed she can still compete with the world’s best at last year’s US Open and is still considering changing her retirement decision.
“I played the other day, and it was just like, ‘There’s no way I shouldn’t be playing professional tennis,'” Williams told E!. “Like, there’s literally no excuse. But I mean, I guess there’s an excuse, right? It’s Tough because when I’m playing, I’m like, ‘Oh my God, I’m so good at this. I can keep doing that,” which not many people can say.
Williams was taught to play tennis at the age of three and won her first major slam as a 17-year-old at the 1999 US Open. After spending two decades competing at the highest level, the American star is also enjoying more time away from the court. with her family, causing her a psychological dilemma as to whether to make a competitive return.
She added, “I definitely feel a lot more comfortable now. It’s fun. I think I’m torn because I’m still able to play at a very, very high level. With that said, I’ve always wanted to let you play the game at a very, very high level.”
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“I also wanted to get away when I was healthy and having a quality of life. But I lean inch by inch away, inch by inch cuddling up. I used to play earlier when I first retired because it was hard to do cold turkey.
“But lately, I haven’t been playing much. And I miss it. I’m like, Oh my God. I have to get out there. But it’s hard for me to get out there.”
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