Former world No. 1 Kim Clijsters said she cried when Serena Williams announced her retirement. After winning her first round match in Toronto for her first victory of the season, Williams revealed her plans to retire from professional tennis after this year’s US Open.
Williams announced her decision by publishing a piece for Vogue. The day after revealing her plans to retire, Williams suffered a straight-set defeat to Belinda Bencic in the Toronto second round. After the match, a very emotional Williams addressed the crowd.
“After my last match, I remember I felt very relieved – not to lose but when I knew that it was done. So we’ll see how Serena will take it. I’m sure it’s going to be very emotional. I was already crying when she announced it earlier this month; I had tears in my eyes when I saw her in Canada, when she said goodbye after her loss there.
I was watching her on-court interview and you can just see all the emotions that came up. It’s a very impactful change in your life; being a part of the tennis generation that almost came up at the same time when Serena did, it’s incredible to see how long she’s managed to stay on, and her sister Venus as well,” Clijsters wrote for Eurosport.
Clijsters retired this season, Williams is next
In April, Clijsters announced her third and final retirement from tennis. Now, the game is set to lose another Grand Slam champion and former world No. 1. In the US Open first round, Williams plays Danka Kovinic.
Kovinic has lost her last five matches and Williams will certainly like har chances versus the Montegrin. What is safe to say is that the whole stadium will stand behind Williams when she takes onto the Arthur Ashe Stadium for her final tournament.