Serena Williams‘ retirement has sparked a myriad of reactions in every corner of the world. In a recent interview, Laura Harvey, manager of the OL Reign women’s soccer team, expressed her point of view on Serena’s farewell.
She told: “An era is over. Many of the athletes who have accompanied us in the last 15-20 years are retiring. Serena has shown us what it takes to win at the highest level. Her dedication and her desire to never give up have been contagious and have inspired millions of sportsmen around the world.
Her latest match perfectly embodied her essence.” Greg Rusedski also wanted to pay tribute to Williams: “Serena is the greatest ever, there is no doubt about it. In addition to winning 23 Grand Slam titles, no other player has had such a significant impact.
Serena has succeeded. in the quest to transcend tennis, taking it to a new dimension. At the US Open she proved to be still competitive, but I understand her decision to quit. You can’t go on forever. ”
Almost 27 years after making her first appearance on the WTA Tour, Serena Williams ended her legendary career last week with a third-round defeat of the 2022 US Open.
Turning pro in October 1995, the American is almost universally recognized like the biggest ever. While she failed to match Margaret Court’s 24 Majors, Serena had a huge impact on women’s tennis and sport in general.
The last two seasons have been an ordeal for the former WTA number 1, that she has no longer been able to play as she is and as much as she would have wished. Advancing age and the desire to devote herself to other projects led her to make this very painful decision.
After beating Danka Kovinic and Anett Kontaveit in the first two rounds of the US Open, Williams had to surrender to Australian Ajla Tomljanovic after a three-hour battle over Arthur Ashe Stadium.