Lights, camera, other Backhand winner to line. In two weeks, it’s hard to imagine what Serena Williams will be playing — and maybe not — after 23 Grand Slams, her final tennis tournament, and a decade since she graced the center courts.
She announced her retirement in the latest issue of Vogue magazine, writing that she was “transforming” away from the sport to focus on her family and career as a venture capitalist. Williams founded her own firm, Serena Ventures, in 2014 and raised $111 million in seed funding this year to invest in “founders with diverse perspectives,” she previously told The New York Times.
When Serena Williams leaves the tennis court, she enters the white field just as she left it.
LPs include CapitalG, LionTree Partners and Norwest Venture Partners, and with a group of six, the firm has already invested in 20 companies with that capital, Fortune reports.
In tennis, she and her sister, Venus Williams, helped break the color barrier for black girls who wanted to play a sport still associated with whiteness and privilege. Following in their footsteps, Naomi Osaka, Madison Keys, Sloane Stephens and countless others can step into the blinding lights of Arthur Ashe Stadium.