Serena Williams appeared to announce her plans to retire earlier this yr, however the tennis celebrity and businesswoman not too long ago revealed she is “not retired.” Throughout a talk at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference, Williams mentioned the possibility of her returning to the game are “very excessive.”
On the convention for startup corporations, Williams and her enterprise accomplice, Alison Rapaport Stillman, sat down with TechCrunch Editor-in-Chief Jordan Criminal to speak about their funding agency, Serena Ventures.
Criminal began by asking Williams in regards to the U.S. Open she competed in final month – which many assumed
In August, Williams penned an essay for Vouge magazine the place she recommended she would retire after the U.S. Open.
Willams advised Criminal since her final match, she threw herself into Serena Ventures. “It was actually nice as a result of I did not actually even take into consideration the entire retirement – I nonetheless have not actually thought of it,” she mentioned. “However I did get up the opposite day and I went on the court docket and I used to be like, ‘Oh, for the primary time I am on the court docket and I am not enjoying for competitors.’ And it was actually bizarre.”
She mentioned it felt like the primary day of the remainder of the life – which she is having fun with – however she’s nonetheless looking for a “steadiness.”
Criminal started asking in regards to the Vogue essay, stating that Williams wrote that she was “evolving” away from tennis, not retiring. “Properly, I am not retired,” Williams mentioned.
“It sounded such as you had been on the fence about it on the U.S. Open,” Criminal mentioned. “I do know you have not thought of it…however what are the probabilities we see you play once more?”
“The probabilities are very excessive,” Williams mentioned, including that she has a court docket at her home, which made the group snicker.
Broadly thought of the best tennis participant of all time, Williams has received 23 Grand Slam titles over a virtually three-decade profession.
The 41-year-old, who’s mother to 5-year-old daughter Olympia, additionally spoke to Criminal about balancing motherhood and enterprise, admitting she is unhealthy at prioritizing herself forward of profession and household.
“However on the identical time, I am so completely happy. I actually need my daughter and my household to be forward of me. It is fascinating how ladies suppose, and I like that we predict that manner and I feel that is what makes us so particular,” she mentioned.
Serena Ventures has raised $111 million over the previous yr. Williams mentioned her perspective as a enterprise capitalist is calm and chill, residing as much as her “serene” namesake. She additionally mentioned she would not speak about enterprise along with her husband Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit, to keep away from competitors.