Serena WilliamsRetirement has caused endless reactions in all corners of the world. In a recent interview, Laura Harveymanager of the OL Reign women’s soccer team, expressed his point of view on Serena’s dismissal.
She said: «An era is over. Many of the athletes who have been with us for the last 15-20 years are retiring. Serena has shown us what it takes to win at the highest level. Her dedication and desire to never give in. have been contagious and have inspired millions of athletes around the world.
Her last match perfectly embodied her essence.» Greg Rusedski also wanted to pay tribute to Williams: «Serena is the best of all, there is no doubt about it. Aside from winning 23 Grand Slam titles, no other player has had such a significant impact.
Serena has done it. in the search to transcend tennis, taking it to a new dimension. At the US Open she proved to be competitive, but I understand her decision to quit. You can’t go on forever. »
Nearly 27 years after making her first appearance on the WTA Tour, Serena Williams ended her legendary career last week with a third-round loss at the US Open 2022.
Turning pro in October 1995, the American is almost universally recognized as the greatest of all time. While she failed to match Margaret Court’s 24 Majors, Serena had a huge impact on women’s tennis and the sport in general.
The last two seasons have been an ordeal for the former WTA number 1, who has no longer been able to play as she is and as much as she would have liked. Her advanced age and her desire to dedicate herself to other projects led her to make this very painful decision.
After beating Danka Kovinic and Anett Kontaveit in the first two rounds of the US Open, Williams had to submit to Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic after a three-hour battle for Arthur Ashe Stadium.