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Serena Williams Finally Opens Up On Retirement After Being Forced To Quit Australian Open

SERENA WILLIAMS insists she still has years left in her tennis career despite being forced to push her return back until after the Australian Open.

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Serena Williams revealed all on retirement, childbirth and more in an interview with Vogue

Williams became a mother for the first time last year, giving birth to Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr on September 1.

The 36-year-old had hoped to return in time to defend her Australian Open title next week and boosted fans hoping to see her play in Melbourne by taking part in a serious exhibition match against Jelena Ostapenko in Abu Dhabi last month.

However, the American subsequently withdrew from Australian Open contention, saying she wasn’t ready to compete at her best, revealing in an all-encompassing interview with American magazine Vogue that a traumatic delivery had set her recovery back.

Williams also hinted on-court in Dubai that the presence of her daughter had distracted her from the game, causing fans to worry whether she would return to tennis at all.

But the 23-time Grand Slam champion has shunned talk of hanging up her racket just one short of all-time leader Margaret Court’s 24 wins – even if it is tempting.

“To be honest, there’s something really attractive about the idea of moving to San Francisco and just being a mom,” Williams told Vogue.

“But not yet. Maybe this goes without saying, but it needs to be said in a powerful way: I absolutely want more Grand Slams.

“I’m well aware of the record books, unfortunately.

“It’s not a secret that I have my sights on 25.”

And the American also provided that she would not be taking her foot off the accelerator when she does eventually return to the court.

“At my age, I see the finish line,” Williams added.

“And when you see the finish line, you don’t slow down. You speed up.”

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