Serena Williams says she feels 'pain' looking at photos of her past championships and says she was 'not very happy' the day after her final US Open
Serena Williams says she was "not very happy" with her result at her final US Open.
She added, though, that the day was still "a great moment and a great memory."
"I've literally given my whole life to tennis," she told CBS Morning's Gayle King.
Serena Williams said that she was "not very happy" the day after her final appearance at the US Open last year.
Speaking with CBS Morning's Gayle King in an interview that aired Wednesday, King, who was at Williams' last Grand Slam, asked Williams how she felt the day after she exited the court for the last time.
"I was actually not very happy at all, just because of the result," the former tennis star told King. "I was there to keep going and to keep winning, and it was more or less like, I can't believe I let that match go more than anything."
But, Williams said, the day was still "a great moment and a great memory," adding that she doesn't feel like she "left anything."
The CBS Mornings interview took place at Williams' Florida farm, which features a private tennis court in her backyard.
When she looks at that court, Williams told King, "I see me" out there.
"I see me training, I see me grinding," she said, noting that she does not feel a "pang" when she looks at it.
"I feel relief when I look at the court," Williams told King. "I feel like I am so happy I don't have to train for two hours today."
But she's not immune to pain when thinking about her past. She said that sets in "just looking at old pictures or championships," and she realizes, "oh, I miss that."
"That's when I feel different," Williams said.
Williams insisted that the door is not open for her return to the court.
"I've literally given my whole life to tennis," she said. "It's time for me to give my life to something else."
—CBS Mornings (@CBSMornings) February 1, 2023
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