Serena Williams Says She Hasn’t Retired And Chances Of Returning To Tennis Are “Very High”

Serena Williams appeared to announce her plans to retire earlier this year, but the tennis superstar and businesswoman recently revealed she is “not retiring.” During a talk at the TechCrunch Discipline conference, Williams said his chances of returning to the sport are “very high.”

At the Startup Companies conference, Williams and her business partner, Alison Rapaport Stillman, sat down with TechCrunch editor-in-chief Jordan Crook to talk about their investment firm, Serena Ventures.

Crook began by asking Williams about the US Open, in which she competed last month, which many assumed It will be his last ever.

In August, Williams wrote an essay for Vogue magazine, suggesting she would retire after the US Open.

Wilms told Crook since his last match, he threw himself into Serena Ventures. “It was really great because I didn’t even really think about full retirement — I still haven’t really thought about it,” she said. “But I woke up the other day and I went on the court and I was like, ‘Oh, the first time I’m on the court and I’m not playing for competition.’ And it was really weird.”

She said it felt like the first day of life — which she is enjoying — but she’s still trying to find “balance.”

Crook began asking about the Vogue essay, explaining that she was “evolving” from tennis, not retiring, as Williams wrote. “Well, I’m not retired,” Williams said.

“It looked like you were on the fence about it at the US Open,” said the rookie. “I know you haven’t thought about it… but what are the chances we’ll see you play again?”

“The chances are high,” said Williams, a court at his home, which made the crowd laugh.

Widely regarded as the greatest tennis player of all time, Williams has won 23 Grand Slam titles in a career spanning nearly three decades.

The 41-year-old, who is mom to 5-year-old daughter Olympia, also spoke to Crook about balancing motherhood and business, admitting she’s bad at prioritizing herself before career and family.

“But at the same time, I’m very happy. I really want my daughter and my family to be ahead of me. It’s interesting how women think, and I love that we think that and I think that’s what What makes us so special,” she said.

Serena Ventures has raised $111 million in the past year. Williams said that his attitude as a venture capitalist is calm and laid back, which is in line with his “cool” name. She also said that she doesn’t talk about business with her husband Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit, to avoid competition.

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