The world of women’s sports has forever changed by a girl growing up in Compton. In an interview in Vogue Magazine, Serena Williams reveals her plans for the future without professional sports in it, “I’m here to tell you that I’m evolving away from tennis toward other things that are important to me.”
At age 16, Williams played in her first U.S. Open Singles Match and has never looked back. Her undeniable talent, deduction to her growth as a player, and her fierce determination to always strive higher leaves an indelible mark on women’s sports. Williams has the most Grand Slam titles at 23 and 73 singles titles. CBS reports that Williams has a 79% win percentage against top 10 opponents.
Williams is the consummate athlete, but as she turns 41, she acknowledges her priorities are changing. Five years ago, she gave birth to her daughter, Olympia. Throughout her pregnancy, delivery, and recovery from a c-section, she pushed the boundaries on what women can accomplish. But motherhood has a way of changing priorities.
Previously, Williams shared that when she was younger, she never saw herself as having kids and did not see herself as a hands-on mother. Even for the best athlete, having a family takes time, but the cost is even greater for a woman. Williams and her husband have shared a desire to expand their family, which drives the decision. William says, “I don’t want it to be over, but at the same time, I’m ready for what’s next.”
Serena Williams is leaving an indelible mark on the world of tennis and women’s sports that will be felt for years to come.