Serena Williams says there’s no reason to retire

Serena Williams teases tennis fans as she says ‘I’m not retired’ Updated Serena Williams is one of the world’s most exciting women. The 23-times grand slam champion, who is still ranked world No.1, is…

Serena Williams says there's no reason to retire

Serena Williams teases tennis fans as she says ‘I’m not retired’

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Serena Williams is one of the world’s most exciting women.

The 23-times grand slam champion, who is still ranked world No.1, is in London to play this week.

And although the world’s best female player has spoken about retiring from tennis, she is set to go out at a “brilliant” event at Queen’s Club, which will be watched by millions across the world.

“I don’t think I’ll do it for quite some years, but I definitely want to get one last match out in the next 12 months,” Williams told the Press Association.

“It’s really hard to think about, I mean, I’m an old lady, I have a 17-year-old kid, and I’m also very fortunate in my career to have had three very great and supportive husbands who have always been a big part of everything I’ve been through.”

Serena Williams says there’s no reason to retire, she knows everyone wants her gone

The women’s world number one, who turns 32 next month, is also enjoying herself as she makes a comeback on the court after the birth of her daughter earlier in the year.

“I have a 17-month-old, so I’m doing it. I love doing it, I love being in the gym and just working out, spending time with the baby and getting a good work-out in, just doing something that I enjoy,” she said.

“I’m not retired. I still have some plans in place. You just never know what’s going to happen. But I know that everyone wants me gone, which is great. I love playing, I love competing and I love being here in this moment in time with this group of girls.”

Earlier this month, Williams said she had not considered retiring, although she admitted: “I love the game, I love the competition and I am extremely grateful. I just can’t imagine a better way to spend my life.”

WTA chief executive David Hutt told US television network CNBC that she is the greatest champion who has ever played the game.

But Williams, who has played only one more major tournament than No.1 Naomi Osaka, also defended the number one ranking, saying Osaka deserved the top spot.

“The one thing is that I’m definitely the greatest champion who has ever

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