Serena Williams says she’s still not sure the US Open will be her last tennis tournament

Serena Williams celebrated the end of an era earlier this month when she announced that she was retiring from tennis – but she still wasn’t ready to confirm that the US Open would be her last.

The 23-time Grand Slam winner, 40, and her sister Venus Williams, 42, opened up about the new chapters in their lives during an interview that aired on Friday’s episode of The Today Show.

Serena, who is set to play 80th seed Denka Kovinic in the first round of the US Open on Monday, was asked if the tournament would be her last after news of her upcoming retirement.

“I think so, but who knows?” She told Today hosts Dylan Dreyer and Sheinelle Jones at the “A Conversation with Champions” event held at Lotte New York Palace on Thursday.

Serena Williams, 40, spoke with TODAY hosts Dylan Dreyer and Shenell Jones about her upcoming retirement at an event

Serena Williams, 40, spoke with TODAY hosts Dylan Dreyer and Shenell Jones about her upcoming retirement at Thursday’s “A Conversation with Champions” event.

The 23-time Grand Slam winner (pictured in training on Thursday) is set to play 80th-ranked Danka Kovinic in the first round of the US Open on Monday.

The 23-time Grand Slam winner (pictured in training on Thursday) is set to play 80th-ranked Danka Kovinic in the first round of the US Open on Monday.

The sisters will be joined by tennis stars Naomi Osaka, Rafael Nadal and Nick Kyrgios on stage ahead of the tournament, which runs from August 29 to September 11.

When Serena was asked if she could see herself playing at the Australian Open in January 2023 – the first major tournament of the year – she said: “I don’t think so.”

“You never know,” she added. “I’ve learned in my career, I never say never.”

Serena announced her retirement in the September issue Vogue magazineindicating that she will bid farewell to tennis after the US Open to focus on growing her family and her other business ventures, including investing.

When asked if it would be her last tennis tournament following the news of her upcoming retirement, Serena (pictured with her sister Venus Williams) said:

When asked if it would be her last tennis tournament following the news of her upcoming retirement, Serena (pictured with her sister Venus Williams) said, “I guess so, but who knows?”

The Williams sisters were joined by tennis stars Nick Kyrgios, Naomi Osaka and Rafael Nadal (from left to right).  Serena has indicated that she does not see herself playing at the Australian Open in January, but added that she has learned not to say never

The Williams sisters were joined by tennis stars Nick Kyrgios, Naomi Osaka and Rafael Nadal (from left to right). Serena has indicated that she does not see herself playing at the Australian Open in January, but added that she has learned to never say ‘never say never’.

The mother of one of them said that she is not interested in breaking any records in the upcoming tournament, which will likely be her last. It’s a big win after Australian tennis player Margaret Court has won the most Grand Slam titles.

“I really broke the record,” she said. So I guess it’s just a vision for someone else and just me… I never dreamed of getting so many Grand Slams or titles. I thought I’d just play tennis and maybe win a major tournament or two. For me, this is all a bonus.

Dreyer and Jones continued their conversation with Serena and Venus during a private session after the event.

“This whole trip is going to be emotional,” Serena said. I love what I do, there’s nothing about me that I don’t like my job. I love him. I’ve been playing it all my life. It is very emotional to develop into something new.

Dreyer and Jones continued their conversation with the sister during a private session after the event.  Serena admitted:

Dreyer and Jones continued their conversation with the sister during a private session after the event. ‘This whole trip is going to be emotional,’ Serena admitted.

Serena said she and Venus rarely talk about tennis, but they had a conversation about what next year would look like for her next year.

Serena said she and Venus rarely talk about tennis, but they had a conversation about what next year would look like for her next year.

Serena said she and Venus rarely talk about tennis, but they had a conversation about what next year would look like for her next year.

“It’s still work, she still wants to play, she still wants to win,” Venus said today of her younger sister’s retirement plans.

Serena explained in the Vogue cover story that She and her husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, are trying to have another baby. She shared that their four-year-old daughter Olympia was praying for a little sister.

She told today that she “definitely” wants more children in the future.

She explained, “If you have a child, they should fit into your life, and you shouldn’t change your life. And that’s very difficult.” It’s very difficult because there are a lot of things that change, but even though those changes are happening, they still have to fit into your life. You don’t want to lose just who you are.

She added, “For me, that’s kind of how it is, it fits in my life. We do a lot of things together. We have a lot of fun, and then it works.”

Serena’s current tournament prize money is $94.5 million – more than any other female tennis player in history – according to Women’s Tennis Association.

Serena (pictured after winning the Australian Open in 2017) has earned $94.5 million in monthly prizes over the years, more than any other female tennis player.

Serena (pictured after winning the Australian Open in 2017) has earned $94.5 million in monthly prizes over the years, more than any other female tennis player.

Serena announced in the September issue of Vogue that she will retire from tennis sometime after this year's US Open

Serena announced in the September issue of Vogue that she will retire from tennis sometime after this year’s US Open

Serena (pictured with her four-year-old daughter Olympia) told TODAY that she wanted to

Serena (pictured with her four-year-old daughter Olympia) told TODAY that she “definitely” wants to have more kids.

She has more than doubled the second highest earner, her sister Venus, whose career total is $42.2 million. Her tennis earnings will get another bump if she plays in the US Open as planned.

The athlete currently has more than a dozen partnerships with brands, its own fashion and jewelry lines, and venture capital firm, Serena Ventures.

Serena said she and Venus rarely talk about tennis, but they had a conversation about what next year would look like for her next year.

Venus also shared the advice she gave her younger sister in the wake of the news of her retirement.

Meghan Markle has hinted that she will cheer on Serena (pictured at the Western and Southern Opens this month) at the US Open, which begins on August 29.

Meghan Markle has hinted that she will cheer on Serena (pictured at the Western and Southern Opens this month) at the US Open, which begins on August 29.

The Duchess of Sussex, 41, spoke to Serena about the heroism during her chat broadcast on the first episode of the Spotify podcast, The Arches.

The Duchess of Sussex, 41, spoke to Serena about the heroism during her chat broadcast on the first episode of the Spotify podcast, The Arches.

We will have fun.  'We'll make sure you get a good one,' Megan told Serena.  The royal family had previously rooted with their boyfriend at the US Open Women's Final in 2019 (pictured)

We will have fun. ‘We’ll make sure you get a good one,’ Megan told Serena. The royal family had previously rooted with their boyfriend at the US Open Women’s Final in 2019 (pictured)

“It’s still about the work, she still wants to play, she still wants to win,” she told Today. When you walk the field you want to focus – so now is the moment to do that, like all the other moments, and then when that moment is over, the next moment will be here. That’s what it is.

Whether or not the US Open is Serena’s last tournament, she’s planning to have a good time after the competition.

Her best friend Meghan Markle hinted that she’d be in New York to cheer her up during their conversation that aired on the first episode of Spotify’s royal podcast, The Originals.

‘Yes, we’ll have fun. We will make sure you get a good one,” said the Duchess of Sussex, 41.

“To the bar – to the bar. That’s something to do next,” Serena added. I just go out because I can never drink. Have a glass of champagne. Maybe I’ll do a few laps right off the field.

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