Serena Williams announces she is ‘evolving away from tennis’
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Lewis Hamilton has penned an emotional tribute to Serena Williams as the legendary tennis superstar prepares for her retirement. Williams played her final match as a professional on Saturday as she was beaten by Croatian ace Ajla Tomljanovic in the third round of the US Open.
Williams burst onto the tennis scene during her teenage years and entered her first Grand Slam as a 16-year-old when she reached the second round of the Australian Open in 1998. She was crowned US Open champion in 1999 at the age of 17 and went on to land an incredible 23 Grand Slam titles throughout her illustrious career.
Williams is now 40 years old and spent a year recovering from a leg injury following last summer’s Wimbledon. She returned to the court at Eastbourne earlier this summer but announced last month that she would be calling time on her career following the final Grand Slam of the year at Flushing Meadows.
And on Sunday, Hamilton took to social media to acknowledge Williams’ achievements just moments before he took to the track ahead of the Dutch Grand Prix. “Taking a moment before the race today to show my appreciation and gratitude to the greatest of all time,@serenawilliams,” Hamilton wrote on Instagram.
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“We will never see another Serena. She’s one of a kind. She came through like a wrecking ball and has been so spectacular to witness. She has such fierceness, power, and strength in both body and mind. To be so bold, Black, brave and, above all, a kind and caring human being is beautiful.
“I remember watching her and [sister] Venus at their first games with my dad on TV. Seeing such talented women dominating a field where no one looked like them gave me hope. They made me believe that superheroes are real, and they can look me and my family.
“I never dreamed in a million years I would meet these heroes and come to call them my friends. I knew that I wasn’t alone because of you. I knew I could never give up because you didn’t. I can’t thank you two enough.
“Still today you remind me to never give up, you remind me what we stand for and I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. You make me want to be better in all ways. A better competitor, a better brother, a better friend, and a better leader. You inspire me every day and just know you always have a brother in me. Serena, I’m wishing you all the happiness in what’s next for you. You truly deserve it.”
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