Serena Williams, the winner of 39 Grand Slam tennis titles, and who has spent an incredible 319 weeks of her career as Women's number 1, finally decided to call it a day yesterday, and announced her retirement from the game.
Williams, 37, chose, it has to be said, a rather peculiar time to announce her retirement, slap-bang in the middle of the Rogers Cup final in Toronto, against the 19-year-old Canadian, Bianca Andreescu.
Andreescu was leading 3-1 in the first set, and, although down a break of service, Williams still had every chance of rescuing the set and the match, but opted to throw the towel in, and handed the Canadian victory.
Andreescu said later:
"I've grown up watching Serena beat the competition out of sight, and I expected her to be a bit more gracious. To pull out of a game - a final for goodness' sake! - was a bit rude, and then to go the whole hog and bring the curtain down on such an illustrious career just because the match is not going your way ... it's a bit much, to be honest."
Williams said she was unwilling to speak to The Spoof.com staff.