Serena Williams’ legendary tennis career likely over after third-round singles’ play loss at US Open, says coach
Serena Williams’ iconic career and the American’s legendary personality likely will end after the second round of the US Open, says her coach.
During her press conference after her third-round match in the women’s singles’ at the US Open, Williams told reporters that she was ready to stop competing and focus on taking care of herself. She said she was “savage,” a reference to her recent struggles with mental health issues.
Williams’ career is at its end: tennis star Serena Williams says she is ready for her legacy to end after her match against Madison Keys
When she reached her fourth career Grand Slam final, Williams was the only player to have reached three, including the 2017 Wimbledon title. She’s the only player with consecutive titles at the same Grand Slam event four times.
Williams’ coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, said she would be “finished” after a match with Madison Keys, but he didn’t say how long she may keep playing. Mouratoglou, who coached Williams from 2012 through 2016, has never coached the US Open champion.
The 34-year-old Williams admitted on-court that she was mentally “savage” and said she felt like she was in a “dire situation” during the match. The two-time champion also made her feelings for Keys known on court.
Serena Williams”moment’ comes in third-round match at US Open
Asked why she let Keys get away, Williams said: “I’m going to save myself for the next game because I already lost a match. Don’t ruin my momentum with that.”
Williams lost in straight sets to Keys in the quarterfinals on Sunday. She has lost 18 consecutive sets at a major, having lost the opening set of all three Wimbledon semifinals and the fourth-round loss to Naomi Osaka in last month’s US Open loss.
Mouratoglou offered up a similar point to Williams: “We need to figure out ways to move forward and stay away from the negative moments,” before he added that it was “good and bad news” that Williams was going to play for the rest of the tournament.
“I’m feeling great,” he said. “It was great for me to see that you’re a really