23-time Grand Slam Champion and one of the greatest tennis players of all-time, Serena Williams has stunned on the cover of Vogue magazine. The tennis legend posed on the cover with her infant baby girl, Alexis Olympia, who she recently gave birth too.
The past few months have been hectic for Williams despite being away from the tennis court, as she gave birth to her first child and also got married to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.
But the beautiful process of giving birth and becoming a mother for the first time did not come easy to Williams, who said, “Sometimes I get really down and feel like, man, I can’t do this. It’s that same negative attitude I have on the court sometimes. I guess that’s just who I am. No one talks about the low moments — the pressure you feel, the incredible letdown every time you hear the baby cry.”
She added that she broke down frequently after becoming a mother. “Or I’ll get angry about the crying, then sad about being angry, and then guilty, like, ‘Why do I feel so sad when I have a beautiful baby?’ The emotions are insane.”
But becoming a mother was always one of the goals for Williams, who said, “Now that I’m 36 and I look at my baby, I remember that this was also one of my goals when I was little, before tennis took over, when I was still kind of a normal girl who played with dolls.”
Finally, Williams made an emphatic statement claiming that winning Grand Slams still remained the biggest aim in her life. “I don’t need the money or the titles or the prestige. I think having a baby might help. When I’m too anxious I lose matches, and I feel like a lot of that anxiety disappeared when Olympia was born. Maybe this goes without saying, but it needs to be said in a powerful way: I absolutely want more Grand Slams.”