Serena Williams has announced that she will “evolve away from tennis” after this year’s US Open to focus on “other things that are important to me.”

In an article in Vogue, the 23-time grand slam winner said that, although she will try to win in September at the US Open, it is time for her to move “in a different direction.”

Williams, whose last singles victory came at the 2021 French Open, had to battle hard to overcome Párrizas Díaz in close to two hours yesterday, despite what the straight-sets scoreline might suggest.

The 23-time grand slam champion dropped her serve just once in the match, but saved seven break points — including four when she trailed 3-4 in the second set — to hold off Párrizas Díaz, ranked No. 57 in the world. 

It means Williams will face either Belinda Bencic or Tereza Martincova in the second round on Wednesday.

Credit : CNN