Twenty-three-time Grand Slam singles champion Serena Williams continues her farewell tour after announcing her plan to “evolve” away from tennis following the US Open.
Since making her professional debut in 1995, Williams has won 73 singles titles, 14 Grand Slam doubles titles alongside older sister Venus Williams, four Olympic gold medals and $94 million in prize money.
In the September 2022 edition of Vogue magazine, Williams opened up about her career, motherhood and evolving away from tennis.
“It’s the hardest thing that I could ever imagine,” Williams said. “I don’t want it to be over, but at the same time I’m ready for what’s next.”
With her farewell tour in full swing, here is the slate of Williams’ final tournaments.
US Open 2022
On Thursday, the US Open officially announced that Williams will play in her final tournament at the event, which begins Aug. 29 in New York.
Serena Williams will play on Monday.
Rafael Nadal will play on Tuesday.
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) August 25, 2022
Williams is a six-time champion at the event, and reached the semifinals in her most recent appearance in 2020.
The second stop on her tour was a short one.
In the opening round, Williams fell to the reigning US Open champion Emma Raducanu, losing 6-4, 6-0 in the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.
“We all should honor Serena and her amazing career,” Raducanu said after the match. “I’m so grateful for the experience to have been able to play her and for our careers to have crossed over. Everything she’s achieved is so inspirational. It was a true honor to share the court with her.”
Canadian Open 2022
Williams was eliminated in the second round by Belinda Bencic after a 6-2, 6-4 defeat in her final match on Canadian soil.
An emotional Williams embraced the raucous Toronto crowd as the fans showered her with applause after her loss.
“I’m terrible at goodbyes. But goodbye, Toronto,” Williams said in an on-court interview after the match. “It’s been a joy playing in front of you guys for all these years.”