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Serena Williams says 'countdown has begun' to retirement

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By HOWARD FENDRICH

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The day had to arrive.

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The countdown has begun indeed! I'm already getting the fireworks ready and the party hats.

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Good riddance.

She's a phenomenal player who almost single-handedly transformed women's tennis to a more power-oriented game than it used to be (poor Martina Hingis). She also deserves accolades for advancing the position of black tennis players in general, and black women specifically.

But her character is abysmal. Often ungracious in victory, and extremely ungracious in defeat. Frequent tantrums. Threatening physical violence on the line judge at the US Open. The accusations of match fixing with Venus at the beginning of their careers. The coaching violations. The 2-year probation the US Open gave her in 2009 for excessive screaming and racket smashing. Acting like a prima donna and insisting that Thiem cut his press conference short at Roland Garros because she is a star and didn't want to wait her turn.

She often gets a free pass due to her stardom, but I find her extremely unlikable and arrogant at every turn. Her tennis accomplishments are truly great, but her character is truly disgusting.

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She's being honored in all the remaining tournaments she's playing

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