Venus Williams: The decision to retire from tennis is a tough one

World No. 1 and US Open champion Iga Swiatek speaks to CNN as she prepares to defend her Grand Slam title.

It has been a busy week at the US Open. In her first match since a Wimbledon quarterfinal meltdown in January, defending champion Venus Williams announced via Twitter that she would play in Houston and that she would skip the next tournament in Cincinnati because of the birth of her son. It was a tough decision for Williams, who was in the middle of a four-match losing streak at the time.

The day after that news, she reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the first time since 2014. Then on Friday afternoon, she completed her semifinal run with a straight sets victory over No. 3 seed Agnieszka Radwanska. It was a much different Williams than the one who lost in the Wimbledon fourth round last year.

Two days later, Williams spoke with CNN’s Roland Martin about her decision to play through the US Open, a decision that came three years after she announced she would retire from professional tennis after this year, and the reasons why she chose to put her career first.

CNN: You have been so open about your decision to retire from the professional tennis at this point, but you have already had several opportunities to tell the public you have your son, you have your husband, you have your family, and you have your career. What was the deciding factor? Why are you going back to a sport like tennis that you don’t enjoy?

Iga Swiatek: I think when you look at all the points, you have your family, you have your husband, you have your son, your sister, your ex-boyfriend, your friends, your teammates. It’s not a choice that I have made, but I was ready to go. Like I said, my goal is to retire, and when you say you are going to retire, when did you start writing it down?

I really feel like I have to do it

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