Serena Williams opens up about struggling to balance motherhood and tennis

Since announcing her retirement in August, Serena Williams has been looking back on her historic, multi-decade career more than ever.

She concluded her competitive tennis career during the US Open the first week of September, and as she starts adapting to retired life, she’s opening up about her decision to step away from the sport.

The star revealed that she had been considering moving away from tennis for several years, and that her pregnancy and birth to daughter Olympia Ohanian five years ago contributed to her decision.

Speaking to none other than Bradley Cooper alongside her sister, Venus Williams, for the A+E Networks and the History Channel’s History Talks in Washington D.C., she detailed her thought process when deciding to retire.

“I just needed to stop,” she admitted, explaining that: “I always said I wanted to stop when I’m playing really good tennis and winning and beating good players.”

She added: “For me, it’s really about things I want to do spiritually and spending time with my daughter and family.”


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