Serena Williams is quitting tennis at least for the rest of 2015. The greatest female tennis player ever is taking time off to allow her injuries to properly heal and to enjoy life while spending more time with her beau. As a result, fans of Serena will have to wit until 2016 to see her play again, as she is done for 2015.
Serena Williams was on the cusp of winning a career grand slam, a feat that was last achieved by Steffi Graf in 1998. Serena allowed the opportunity to slip away because of what insiders claim was a night of Sex and Romance with rapper Drake before the U.S. Open semi-finals.
Serena Williams finally signalled her anguish at letting slip a calendar-year Grand Slam on Thursday as she brought her season to an early close, passing up a hefty financial windfall.
Williams pulled out of both the China Open and the year-ending WTA Finals, saying she needed “time to heal and enjoy life”, despite missing hundreds of thousands of dollars in bonuses and prize money.
“I am taking a proactive step and withdrawing from tournaments in Beijing and Singapore to properly address my health and take the time to heal, relax and enjoy life,” she said in a statement.
Williams was two matches from equalling Steffi Graf’s record 22 Slam trophies, and 1988 sweep of all four major titles, when she suffered a stunning loss to Roberta Vinci in the US Open semis.
Beyond a perfunctory and bad-tempered post-match press conference in New York, Williams has so far kept silent about the defeat, in which she threw away a one-set lead.
But Williams, 34, who has not played since losing to Vinci, said it was her emotions rather than any physical injury which most troubled her after the dramatic choke at Flushing Meadows.
Hopefully Serena will be rested for the 2016 tennis season and can then bring home the grand slam.