Published On: Thu, Jul 11th, 2019

Serena Williams pops retirement joke at Wimbledon: ‘It’s time to go’ | Tennis | Sport


Williams, 37, is hoping to equal Margaret Court’s all-time Grand Slam record of 24 on Saturday.

The American takes on Simona Halep in the Wimbledon final gunning for her first major tournament win since giving birth to her baby girl Olympia.

It is unclear how many more attempts Williams will get to become one of the most decorated players of all time.

And she joked about stepping away from the sport after discovering Brook’s nine-year reign is coming to an end.

“Has it been 10 years? I remember the guy before (smiling). It’s time to go, wow. Okay,” Williams said.

She added: “I just remember I really love him, and his wife Jill is amazing. I just love seeing him.

“Like, he’ll pass my practice court and has this great big smile on his face. He really makes me feel welcome every year.

“He is always smiling. I just love it. I see him in Australia, I see him in New York, everywhere.

“I literally will be on the court and I swear I see him smiling. That is such a good moment and memory to have of Philip. I didn’t know it was his last year.

“So it’s sad. He just really made my Wimbledon experience.”

Williams beat Barbora Strycova 6-1, 6-2 this afternoon to book her place in the Wimbledon final.

And she thinks playing mixed doubles with Andy Murray helped her progress so deep in the single’s draw.

“I promise you, when I hit a volley I was like, Would I have made that if I didn’t play doubles? I don’t think so,” she said.

“I kept telling you guys I thought the doubles would help me. I really think it did. I don’t attack the net that much. I tried to and I want to.

“I know, like, when I do, when I play doubles here with Venus, it definitely helps my singles game. I was really keen to play mixed here.

“I really feel like it helped me, not just for today and this event, but hopefully it will help me just in the future.”



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