Serena Williams, world tennis champion, in a recent interview that they withdraw from the sport if she decides to have a baby. Here Williams plays during the 2018 French Open.
Serena Williams wants more children, not necessarily more trophies.
The tennis legend, who welcomed daughter Alexis Olympia in September, it is not certain that she would return to the court if they have more children.
“We have to have more. I don’t know if I want to play when I was a baby,” Williams, 36, told InStyle for their August cover story. “I need to talk with Alexis. We have a plan.”
“If I’m not working, I would already be pregnant,” she quipped. “I hear everyone is different, but I had a very easy pregnancy until the birth. Not even born.”
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It was indeed incredibly difficult for the athlete after her daughter was born by c-section: She was bedridden for the first six weeks of little Alexis Olympia ‘ s life after suffering a hematoma and blood clots in her lungs, and as recently as last month, she was still dealing with postpartum depression. (She has since used the experience to advocate for health care.)
Despite her enthusiasm to expand her bread, Williams remains dedicated to her sport, even when it’s hard, physically.
“I sneak away to practice, usually around 8 hours, The only rule that I have in the practice should be done in 1 hour, because as much as I love tennis, I need to be with her. I want her above everything I’m doing,” she said. “Since she was born, I have not separated from her for more than a day.”
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Williams also admitted that she surprised herself somewhat when she won the Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in January 2017.
“I was two months pregnant. I was literally nine weeks before the end of the tournament. Each day that passed I thought, ‘This is a dream,” she said. “I had a really tough first round and an even tougher second round. I thought, ‘I’m probably going to lose early. That is OK. I have a good excuse for the first time.'”
Fortunately, she had a great cheerleader along the way, in the then-fiance (now husband) Alexis Ohanian, who said that she fell in love with shortly after the meeting.
“I had the feeling, if I’m going to marry this man, but I’m not finished yet, but I know that I’m going to marry this man,” she said of the first meeting of the Reddit co-founder. “I didn’t know his world, but I’ve always been tech-savvy. I had a few investments before I met him, and I wanted to know more. So we started talking, just as friends. Just casually chat. I was still hot when he was talking about all of this. So after that we just continued talking, and then, I don’t know — I love his world.”
This story was previously published in the New York Post.