Serena Williams gives HUGE retirement tips after winning her first singles match in 430 days in Canada – leading to speculation she’ll retire after US Open next month
- The tennis superstar has dropped hints about retirement in bombshell presser
- It came after she won her first match in 430 days at the National Bank Open
- Williams’ comments spark speculation that the US Open will be her last tournament
Serena Williams took her first win in over a year on Monday before dropping a great hint about retirement at the post-game press conference.
Williams defeated Nuria Parrizas-Diaz 6-3, 6-4 at the Women’s National Bank Open in Canada and recorded her first singles win in 430 days since beating Danielle Rose Collins in the 2021 French Open.
It is only the second tournament of the season for the 40-year-old, who returned to competition at Wimbledon just over a month ago, where she was defeated in the first round by Harmony Tan.
Serena Williams defeated Nuria Parrizas Diaz in the first round of the National Bank Open
It’s the beginning of the end of one of tennis’s most storied careers – male or female – and Williams admits she is soon to retire.
“I think there’s only light at the end of the tunnel. I don’t know, I’m getting closer to the light, so… lately that’s been it for me. I can’t wait to get to that light,” she said at the post-match press conference.
Tellingly, she said she was talking about “freedom” when she talked about the “light” at the end of the tunnel.
Williams returns the ball during today’s game against Parrizas-Diaz in Toronto
“I like to play though… but you know, I can’t do this forever,” Williams said.
“Sometimes you just want to do your best to enjoy the moments and do your best.”
It’s yet another hint that she will bow after her home event, the US Open, which is scheduled to run from August 29 to September 11.
Williams, 40, holds up both arms to celebrate the crowd after her first win in 430 days
Fans became confused on social media about Williams’ retirement.
One ardent follower jokingly wrote ‘stay away from the light Serena!’ on Twitter, while another commented ‘you (Williams) are the GOAT! You can rest now!’.
Ahead of her two tournaments this year, she last competed in Wimbledon in 2021, where she retired midway through her first match due to a torn hamstring she sustained after slipping on the grass.
Williams pictured in her previous win, on June 4 last year at the French Open
With the victory over Parrizas-Diaz, she will face Belinda Bencic or Tereza Martincova in the next round.
Williams started strong and took the first two games relatively easily.
Parrizas-Diaz made it 2-2, but the 31-year-old Spaniard couldn’t find enough of a steady stream to take the lead.
Williams found her rhythm, blending solid touch with her signature power, and fired shot after shot out of Parrizas-Diaz’s reach.
Fans cheer on Williams as she takes to the field for her first round match in Toronto
The Williams display was so impressive, the fans were roaring; with some even bending.
The American superstar won the last three games to take the first set, then took a lead in the second after Parrizas-Diaz took a 4-3 lead.
Williams endured a nine-deuce game to hold the serve and even the set, and soon after put her opponent out of her misery with a beautiful serve game for the win.
The emotion was palpable when Serena Williams recorded her win over Nuria Parrizas-Diaz. fourth
This win is a good step for Williams as she tries to work her way back to one of the sport’s most dominant names.
During her loss to Tan at Wimbledon in June, the audience was brought to a standing ovation several times during the highly controversial affair.
The match featured some very long runs, especially during the tiebreaking third set, and the match ended with a final result of 7-5, 1-6, 6-7 (7) in Tan’s favour.