Serena Williams is a teenager who’s been a tennis queen for a year

‘Just Serena’: Williams’ upset win at US Open keeps the legend advancing in final days of her storied career

With the world’s reigning queen of tennis in tears, her mother sobbing in the background, and her father standing with his arms around her, Serena Williams has become the embodiment of the modern-day women’s obsession with tennis: a 24-time Grand Slam winner, yet a teenager at heart (she turns 25 next month) who still looks to the future and is a pioneer in all things technological.

Serena Williams (Photo: Getty Images/Kobal/Kobal/Corbis via Getty Images)

“Right now, I don’t have a lot of time left,” Williams said, according to a post-match interview with reporter Erin Biba.

“I have to have the perfect opportunity after this tournament. I just don’t know how I would be able to use this opportunity if I don’t have it, for sure.”

Williams may not have a ton of time on her side, but she has been given more time than most. After winning the U.S. Open in August, she has until the end of May 2018 to make a decision about her future, and has been dealing with the disappointment for the better part of a year now.

And after seeing her mother, her father, her coach, her uncle, family and friends cry, it’s hard to imagine anyone getting emotional for Williams.

Williams is coming off a heartbreaking loss at the Australian Open, where she fell to 14-time major champion and world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the final in a third-set tiebreak. She’ll be playing the final three tournaments of the year in Madrid, Dubai and London, and even more important than her potential retirement decisions, she’ll be trying to extend her career by a year, which would be more than a decade for any professional tennis player in the world. A year is a big deal, especially with a player who, at the age of 23, is not even

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