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    Serena Williams Got Real About Why She Decided To Step Away From Tennis

    Serena Williams first made the shocking announcement that she was "evolving away from tennis" in an August interview with Vogue.

    Serena Williams is opening up about her decision to retire from tennis.

    Closeup of Serena Williams

    Speaking to Bradley Cooper at the A+E Networks and History Channel's History Talks event on Saturday, Serena explained that she just felt like she “needed to stop."

    Closeup of Serena Williams playing tennis

    “I always said I wanted to stop when I’m playing really good tennis and winning and beating good players," she continued, per Variety. "For me, it’s really about things I want to do spiritually and spending time with my daughter and family.”

    Closeup of Serena Williams

    Serena shared that as a "hands-on mom," she'd struggled to be away from her daughter, Olympia, once she returned to the sport in 2017.

    Closeup of Serena Williams

    “As a super hands-on mom, I can’t tell you how hard it was," Serena said. "I lost so many matches after I had Olympia because it was so hard to be on the court. I feel like I’ve given so much of my life to tennis, my entire life, that it’s time to do something different for me and also work on other things.”

    Closeup of Serena Williams

    But that's not to say that she won't return one day. When asked about the possibility of un-retiring, Serena said: “I feel like if I want to come back, I definitely can still come back."

    Closeup of Serena Williams

    Would definitely tune in for that — but no pressure. Enjoy your retirement, Serena!