sport news Serena Williams is hailed as the 'GOAT' by fans following retirement trends now

sport news Serena Williams is hailed as the 'GOAT' by fans following retirement trends now
sport news Serena Williams is hailed as the 'GOAT' by fans following retirement trends now

sport news Serena Williams is hailed as the 'GOAT' by fans following retirement trends now

Serena Williams is hailed as the 'GOAT' by adoring and emotional tennis fans as they pay tribute to 23-time Grand Slam champion after she announced her retirement from the sport

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The sporting world is coming to terms with no longer seeing Serena Williams on a tennis court as tributes have flooded in hailing her after she announced her retirement from the game Tuesday.

The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion has called time on her career, announcing her decision in next month's Vogue, although a firm date on when she will go has not been confirmed. 

The news comes after the American superstar recorded her first win in 430 days but she said: 'It's the hardest thing that I could ever imagine. I don't want it to be over, but at the same time I'm ready for what's next.'

Adoring and emotional tennis fans have taken to social media to honor the 41-year-old, describing her as the 'Greatest Of All Time'.

One wrote: 'Wow, I got emotional reading this. You are retiring as the GOAT,' while another added: 'GOAT' and one just responded with several goat emojis.

The official Twitter account of the Olympics paid tribute to the outgoing star, writing: 'Champion. Inspiration. Legend. The sport will miss you, Serena.'

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