Serena Williams says ‘countdown has begun’ as she prepares to end tennis career


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Saying “the countdown has begun,” 23-time grand slam champion Serena Williams announced on Tuesday she is ready to step away from tennis so she can turn her focus to having another child and her business interests, presaging the end of a career that transcended sports. In an essay released Tuesday by Vogue magazine, and a post on Instagram – the sorts of direct-to-fans communication favoured these days by celebrities, a category she most definitely fits – Williams was not completely clear on the timeline for her last match, but it could happen at the US Open, which begins August 29...