Serena Williams, 40, was seen leaving her hotel in the New York City area on August 31 on her way to the second round of the US Open, which takes place in Queens. She donned a tight white t-shirt and a light pink skirt that featured a bright pink waistband. She kept warm in a black zip-up hoodie and carried Evian water in her right hand and her phone in her left. The tennis star took off her makeup and tied her hair up in a ponytail.
Serena started her last US Open on August 29, during which she defeated Danka Kovinic of Montenegro in two sets of 6-3. Serena’s husband alexis ohanianand daughter, Olympia Ohanian, who turns five on September 1, was seen cheering her on from the bench and also supporting her on the court. Olympia and Serena sweetly paired black tennis dresses that featured a glittery design that resembled a midnight sky. Serena wore a long mesh shirt under her dress and kept her hair out of her face with a dazzling Nike headband. She wore her hair in a ponytail while Olympia, smiling, combed her hair into braids that were decorated with white beads.
Serena announced her retirement from tennis on August 9 through a personal essay to Fashion. She said that instead of seeing her next move as retirement, she sees it simply as a “transition” to the next stage of her life. “Perhaps the best word to describe what I’m doing is evolution,” she theorized. “I am here to tell you that I am moving away from tennis, towards other things that are important to me.”
His biggest reason for leaving the sport he loves, he revealed, is his desire to expand his family. “Believe me, I never wanted to have to choose between tennis and a family. I do not think it’s fair. If I were a man I would not be writing this because I would be playing and winning while my wife was doing the physical work of expanding our family,” she wrote. “I was one of those annoying women who loved being pregnant and was working until the day I had to report to the hospital, although things got really complicated on the other side. And I almost did the impossible – a lot of people don’t realize I was two months pregnant when I won the Australian Open in 2017,” she explained. “But I’m going to be 41 this month, and something has to give.”
Although Serena will miss tennis, her legacy will live on: she holds the record for the most Grand Slam wins, with 23 to her name. During a meeting on August 26 with This day, reflected on that milestone. “I never dreamed of having so many Grand Slams or titles. I just thought about playing tennis and maybe winning a Grand Slam or two,” he smiled. “For me, everything is a bonus.”