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Serena Williams retires from tennis at 40

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Serena Williams has announced that she is parting ways with tennis, bringing an end to her legendary career on the court.

The 23-time Grand Slam singles winner made this known in an article in the latest issue of Vogue Magazine on Tuesday.

“I’m here to tell you that I’m evolving away from tennis, toward other things that are important to me,” she wrote.

“It’s the hardest thing that I could ever imagine. I don’t want it to be over, but at the same time I’m ready for what’s next.”

In the piece, the 40-year-old Williams, who is the highest-earning female tennis player ever, said she is still hopeful she can play at the US Open in New York later this month.

The mother-of-one, however, said she isn’t looking for the kind of ‘farewell’ tour before her retirement. Instead, she only thanked fans for their support.

“I’m terrible at goodbyes, the world’s worst. But please know that I am more grateful for you than I can ever express in words. You have carried me to so many wins and so many trophies. I’m going to miss that version of me, that girl who played tennis. And I’m going to miss you,” she said.

Williams’ incredible honors list include 6 US Open titles, 7 Wimbledon, 7 Australian Open, 3 French Open and an Olympic Games Gold. She was also also the World No. 1 female tennis player for 319 weeks.

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