Serena Williams teases tennis fans as she says ‘I’m not retired’ on Twitter
Serena Williams returned this week as world #1 by defeating Vera Zvonareva in the quarterfinals of the US Open, becoming the first woman to retain the crown at 37. But before Williams entered the arena as a legend, before she captured the hearts and imaginations of millions as a world-class athlete – many were still wondering what she would do next after a stellar career that culminated in her world No.1 ranking in 2014 – Serena Williams, who had just over a decade of success in tennis.
A year after she retired, Serena Williams is back on the tennis circuit – and she’s teasing her fans with clues.
Williams gave an interview to USA Today with a twist. Instead of her usual news conference, Williams gave a post-match interview and said “I’m not retired.”
When asked about how to tell if you’re retired, Williams had this to say: “I’ve made it seem like I’m retired and I’m not.
“I’m very happy that I made it that long. I’m extremely thankful that I’m still competing, but because I do not want to pretend that I am retired and then change my mind later on, I will keep on playing tennis.”
Serena Williams on the US Open trophy: I’m not retired. The #USOpen is now officially in my rear view mirror. Thank you to all the people who have supported me and have helped me throughout my career. I love you all 🙏 pic.twitter.com/6jxAQ1Qj6B — Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) July 6, 2018
Her post-match comments were met with a deluge of praise from fans on social media, who couldn’t get enough of her candid outlook, even if the former tennis star was not in attendance.
What a time to be alive. One year ago, I said if I ever retired from tennis, I’d retire as a legend. Today, I’m retired from tennis. Thanks to all of you. Here’s my #USOpen trophy with my “retired” tag. I hope you like what I put here