Since the US Open, she has been blowing hot and cold. Did Serena Williams really play the last match of her career in the third round at Flushing Meadows against Ajla Tomljanovic? If her emotion, her tears and her press conference seemed to indicate it, the American never clearly put an end to her career. And in her first public appearance in over a month Wednesday at TechCrunch Disrupt (an annual conference for startups) in San Francisco, she kept the mystery alive, even reinforcing the theory of a possible return to competition.
“I’m not retired. The chances of me coming back are very high. You can come to my house, you will realize that there is a court,” said Serena Williams, all smiles, as reported by the San Francisco Standard. Invited to the conference to promote her investment company Serena Ventures, she confided that she had not yet fully embraced her second life after tennis.
I WENT TO THE COURT WITH NO COMPETITION IN SIGHT AND IT FELT REALLY WEIRD
“I still haven’t really thought about retirement. But I went on the court the other day and realized for the first time in my life that I wasn’t playing with a competition in sight and it felt really weird. It was like the first day of the rest of my life, and so far I’m enjoying it. But I’m still trying to find that balance,” said the 23-time Grand Slam singles champion.
It is therefore difficult to see clearly the intentions of the former women’s tour leader. Especially since four weeks ago, when Roger Federer retired during the Laver Cup, Serena Williams had published a message of tribute on his Instagram account wishing him “welcome to the club of retirees“. In New York, however, she had also left an opening for a return to tennis, explaining that she had always loved Australia. So will she play again in 2023? The suspense remains.
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