New Delhi: WWE co-CEO Stephanie McMahon has reacted to tennis star Serena Williams’ retirement plans, calling her “one of the best athletes of our time.”
Replying to a video of a Nike ad starring a young Serena Williams, Stephanie tweeted, “”It’s only crazy until you do it.” A powerful spot featuring one of the best athletes of our time and a woman who has shown that if you work hard and push through the people telling you ‘no’, anything is achievable.”
The 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams is planning to retire from professional tennis so she can focus on her family.
Serena explained her decision in a cover story in Vogue magazine, published Tuesday. She said she didn’t want to choose between her career and having more children, but at almost 41, “something had to give.”
“I don’t think it’s fair,” Williams said. “If I were a guy, I wouldn’t be writing this because I’d be out there playing and winning while my wife was doing the physical labour of expanding our family. Maybe I’d be more of a Tom Brady if I had that opportunity.”
“Unfortunately I wasn’t ready to win Wimbledon this year, and I don’t know if I will be ready to win New York. But I’m going to try,” she added.
Serena and her husband, Reddit co-founder, Alexis Ohanian, have been trying to have another child in the past year. After giving birth to their daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian, in 2017.
“The way I see it, I should have had 30-plus grand slams. I had my chances after coming back from giving birth. I went from a C-section to a second pulmonary embolism to a grand slam final. I played while breastfeeding. I played through postpartum depression. But I didn’t get there.”
“I definitely don’t want to be pregnant again as an athlete, I need to be two feet into tennis or two feet out,” she added.
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