"Having Serena retire was almost like a part of me being gone" – Lisa Raymond on Serena Williams' emotional farewell at US Open – Sportskeeda

Serena Williams‘ recent retirement from tennis affected many fans and tennis players alike, among whom was her fellow American Lisa Raymond. In a recent interview, the American tennis great commented that Williams was a big part of her career and that it was not easy to see her bid farewell to the sport.
The former doubles world No. 1 played against Serena Williams across formats, including mixed doubles. Raymond highlighted that Williams was present on tour throughout the duration of her career, suggesting that they spent a lot of time with each other or when facing each other during their careers.
Speaking during a recent episode of The Craig Shapiro Tennis Podcast, Raymond opened up about the feeling of seeing Williams retire, expressing that she got very emotional during the 23-time Grand Slam singles champion’s final match at the 2022 US Open. Raymond also lauded the American’s “unreal” contribution to tennis.
While the 11-time Grand Slam doubles champion was sad to see Williams play her last few matches, she enjoyed seeing her good friend Rennae Stubbs as part of Williams’ coaching team and support staff in the build-up to the US Open.
Lisa Raymond feels Serena Williams showed a good level of tennis at the US Open and opined that the 41-year-old seemed a lot fitter than she was at the Cincinnati Open, which was just a couple of weeks before the New York Major. Raymond reiterated her sadness at seeing Williams play her final few matches, which was also thrilling for many reasons.
While Serena Williams’ 2022 US Open campaign ended with a loss to Ajla Tomljanovic in the third round, she defeated then World No. 2 Anett Kontaveit in the second round. Since the US Open, Williams has been spending time with family and has also been busy promoting her firm Serena Ventures.
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