Serena Williams and her daughter, Alexis, are on the cover of Vogue February edition where the former world No 1 tennis star admitted that she declined to defend her Australian Open title in Melbourne this month because she wasn’t where she wanted to be “personally.” Last September, Serena gave birth to her daughter Alexis, whom she fondly calls Olympia. She opens up on motherhood, marriage and making her comeback.
In an interview with Vogue published on Wednesday, Serena spilled that she believes becoming a mother will help her in the long term as motherhood has given her a new sense of confidence and she looks to surpass Margaret Court’s record of 24 grand slam singles titles. Serena Williams has 23 slam titles, one slam behind Margaret Court.
She said, “maybe this goes without saying, but it needs to be said in a powerful way: I absolutely want more grand slams. I’m well aware of the record books, unfortunately. It’s not a secret that I have my sights on 25, and actually, 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. Knowing I’ve got this beautiful baby to go home to makes me feel like I don’t have to play another match. I don’t need the money or the titles or the prestige. I want them, but I don’t need them. That’s a different feeling for me.”
credit: Wendy Blaze