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Serena Williams Says She Wouldn't Be Retiring If She Were a Man

Serena Williams

Serena Williams

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Serena Williams, one of the most decorated athletes of her generation, is reluctantly planning to retire from professional tennis so she can focus on growing her family. 

The 23-time Grand Slam champion explained her decision in a cover story in Vogue magazine, published Tuesday. She said she didn’t want to choose between her career and having more children, but at almost 41, “something had to give.”