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Serena Williams says she has not retired from tennis and the chances of her return are “very high” after previously indicating she would be stepping away from the sport.

Williams, 41, said she was “stepping away from tennis” in a trial in August and, although she did not confirm the US Open as her farewell event, she received lavish tributes before every game in New York and waved an emotional goodbye after losing in the third round to Ajla Tomljanovic.

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“I’m not retired,” Williams told a conference in San Francisco while promoting her investment firm, Serena Ventures.

“The chances (of a return) are very high. You can come to my house, I have a court.”

The 23-time Grand Slam champion, who took the tennis world by storm as a teenager and is considered by many to be the greatest of all time, says not preparing for a tournament after the US Open did not seem natural to him.

“I still haven’t really thought about (retirement),” Williams said.

“But I woke up the other day and went out on the pitch and (considered) for the first time in my life that I wasn’t playing for a competition, and it was really weird.

“It felt like the first day of the rest of my life and I’m enjoying it, but I’m still trying to find that balance.”

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Williams was careful not to say the R-word, instead announcing that she was “evolving” away from tennis.

“I’ve never liked the word retirement. It doesn’t strike me as a modern word,” Williams wrote in vogue in August.

“I thought of it as a transition, but I want to be sensitive to how I use this word, which means something very specific and important to a community of people.

“Perhaps the best word to describe what I do is evolution. I’m here to tell you that I’m evolving away from tennis, towards other things that are important to me.”



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