AP PHOTOS: Serena Williams, the athlete and cultural icon


              FILE - Serena Williams appears on the runway after her Spring 2016 collection was presented during Fashion Week in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. Saying “the countdown has begun,” 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams announced Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, she is ready to step away from tennis so she can turn her focus to having another child and her business interests, presaging the end of a career that transcended sports. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
            
              FILE - U.S. Open 2014 tennis champion Serena Williams, left, poses with U.S. Open runner-up Caroline Wozniacki before showing her Spring 2015 collection during Fashion Week in New York, Sept. 9, 2014. Saying “the countdown has begun,” 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams announced Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, she is ready to step away from tennis so she can turn her focus to having another child and her business interests, presaging the end of a career that transcended sports. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)
            
              FILE - Serena Williams acknowledge cheers after showing her Spring 2015 collection during Fashion Week on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014 in New York. Saying “the countdown has begun,” 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams announced Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, she is ready to step away from tennis so she can turn her focus to having another child and her business interests, presaging the end of a career that transcended sports. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)
            
              FILE - U.S. tennis star Serena Williams models her latest tennis outfit at a media launch in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 13, 2005. Saying “the countdown has begun,” 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams announced Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, she is ready to step away from tennis so she can turn her focus to having another child and her business interests, presaging the end of a career that transcended sports. (AP Photo/Mark Baker, File)
            
              FILE - Serena Williams greets the crowd after showing her Serena Williams Signature Statement Spring 2017 collection during Fashion Week in New York, Monday, Sept. 12, 2016. Saying “the countdown has begun,” 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams announced Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, she is ready to step away from tennis so she can turn her focus to having another child and her business interests, presaging the end of a career that transcended sports. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
            
              FILE - Serena Williams wears a creation as part of the Off-White Ready To Wear Fall/Winter 2022-2023 fashion collection, unveiled during the Fashion Week in Paris, Monday, Feb. 28, 2022. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP, File)
            
              FILE - Serena Williams holds her daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., and the ASB trophy after winning her singles finals match against Jessica Pegula at the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand, Sunday, Jan 12, 2020. Serena Williams says she is ready to step away from tennis after winning 23 Grand Slam titles, turning her focus to having another child and her business interests. “I’m turning 41 this month, and something’s got to give,” Williams wrote in an essay released Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, by Vogue magazine. (Chris Symes/Photosport via AP, File)