Serena Williams retires after 17-month doping scandal

US Open: Serena Williams’ last hurrah at home grand slam headlines fascinating two weeks of tennis at SW19

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Serena Williams poses with a trophy while playing an exhibition match for the charity “Open a can to help fight AIDS” at the Margaret Court Arena in New York on Monday, September 23, 2010. Williams, who won the U.S. Open title Sunday, is retiring at the age of 34 after a 17-month doping scandal, which has overshadowed the sport at the highest level. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

NEW YORK – Serena, the world’s top female tennis player, finished off another title-week with one of her trademark triumphs, then turned her attention to charity and charity work and a well-deserved retirement.

Williams claimed her eighth U.S. Open title, beating Samantha Stosur 6-4, 7-6 (7) in the women’s singles final Sunday in the first Grand Slam event in a year where only 16 of the top 64 have won.

“I feel so privileged that I was able to play here and to be able to win this at my hometown, where I was born,” Williams said. “That’s so unreal.”

But with it all came the lingering questions about her drug use, which first surfaced in October after a drug test taken at a Miami airport in early 2013, found a banned substance and other performance enhancers in her system.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has launched a review, with the results expected in March or April. Williams has said she and the tennis coaching staff are cooperating with the agency.

Dressed in a black turtleneck sweater with gold lettering on the chest, and a black skirt with red accenting, Williams, who turns 34 in March, said she felt she was “just going through the motions” during the final. But she was quick to praise the support of her supporters, which were all young and a huge part of her motivation.

“I’ve never really felt this pressure before,” she said, saying she was “really nervous” before the match.

Tennis has been tainted by this scandal, which could have implications for Williams’ legacy and her

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