Serena Williams is being honored by Billie Jean King with the highest honors.

Serena Williams will go down in history as “the sport’s best player” and someone who will always be remembered as a champion, according to WTA founder Billie Jean King. Williams, who became a professional in 1995, plans to end her tennis career at the US Open this year.

Williams has amassed 39 Grand Slam titles throughout the course of her absolutely spectacular career, including 23 in singles, 14 in women’s doubles, and two in mixed doubles. Not only is Williams regarded as one of the greatest tennis players in history, but also as one of the finest athletes in all of sports.

“Serena will retire from tennis as the best player in the history of the game. She will always be remembered as a champion who triumphed on the court and increased the sport’s global reputation off of it after a career that has inspired a new generation of players and spectators “In a statement, King said.

It wasn’t easy for Williams to say goodbye.

Williams has had a very long and fruitful career; she will turn 41 next month. Even yet, Williams found it very difficult to publicly announce her decision to stop playing tennis professionally.

“This subject does not bring me joy. I realize it’s unusual for me to say this, but I’m in a lot of pain. It’s the most difficult thing I can fathom. I abhor it. I detest having to stand at this turning point.

I keep telling myself that I want things could be simple for me, but they aren’t. I’m conflicted because I don’t want it to end but I’m also ready for what comes next “Williams acknowledged in her Vogue article.

Williams won her maiden Grand Slam championship at the US Open in 1999, thus her decision to call it quits in Flushing Meadows wasn’t at all unexpected.