Serena Williams brushes off retirement talks after Wimbledon exit

by | Jun 29, 2022 | World

Former world number one and holder of 23 Grand Slams was playing at Wimbledon after a year out through injury.Playing her first singles match for a year after injury, Serena Williams’s opening-round Wimbledon loss to Harmony Tan on Tuesday was hardly her most unexpected defeat, but there were plenty of signs it could be the most portentous yet.
It made for uncomfortable viewing seeing the rusty seven-time Wimbledon champion a faded shadow of the player who has won 23 Grand Slam singles crowns.
Williams brushed off any talk of retirement by insisting she is “motivated” to play at the US Open later this year despite the shattering Wimbledon defeat.
“The US Open was the place where I won my first Slam, it’s super-special. There’s definitely a lot of motivation to get better and play at home,” the 40-year-old American said.
Williams went down 7-5, 1-6, 7-6  to unseeded Harmony Tan, the world number 115, in the opening round.

It’s always a pleasure, @serenawilliams #Wimbledon | #CentreCourt100
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) June 28, 2022
She refused to speculate on whether she will be back at Wimbledon in 2023.
“I am just playing for right now. I see how I feel and go from there. Who knows where I will pop up.
“Today I gave all I could do … Maybe tomorrow I could have gave more. Maybe a week ago I could have gave more. But today was what I could do. At some point you have to be able to be OK with that.
“And that’s all I can do. I can’t change time or anything.”

There are a number of things Serena Williams could be doing tonight. She has a great family, millions in the bank, 23 grand slams & successful businesses. But here she is, grinding and hustling for every ball on Centre Court. What an athlete… #Wimbledon
— Uche Amako (@UcheAmako) June 28, 2022
Earlier, Williams walked onto Centre Cour …

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