Serena Williams has done a lot of badass things in her life, but winning her 23rd Grand Slam while being pregnant with her daughter tops the list.
“I was two months pregnant. I was literally nine weeks by the end of the tournament. I was almost done with my first trimester,” she recently told InStyle for its Badass Women issue. “Every day that passed I thought, ‘This is a dream.’ It was like an animated Disney movie. And by the time the quarterfinals came, I was like, ‘I know I can beat this girl,’ and at the semifinals I thought, ‘I know I can win this match.’ I didn’t think I would win the final, so when I won, it was like, ‘OK, this is crazy.'”
“I had a really tough first round and an even tougher second round,” she said. “I thought, ‘I’m probably going to lose early. That’s OK. I have a good excuse for the first time.'”
Williams and her husband Alexis Ohanian welcomed their baby girl last fall. As for whether she wants more children, Williams told the magazine, “If I weren’t working, I’d already be pregnant.”
However, Williams hinted she may spend less time on the court if they decided to welcome another child.
“I don’t know if I want to play if I have another baby,” she said, “but you’re right. I need to talk to Alexis. We need a plan.”
“I’m in the locker room pumping before a match because my boobs are so big. When I pump, they go down a size or two and I go out and play. It’s crazy,” she told the magazine. “So I feed her, and then she snuggles with me, which is the best part of my day. Then we play, and after that I sneak away to practice, usually around 8 a.m. The only rule I have at practice is to be done at 1 p.m., because as much as I love tennis, I need to be with her. I want to put her above everything else I’m doing, so I take calls when she naps. I usually bathe her every night. We sing the ‘Rubber Ducky’ song, and then I ask her if she wants the express wax or the deluxe. Express is when I rub coconut oil on really fast and then I put her diaper on. Deluxe is when I do it a little slower and give her a little massage. It’s so cute. She’s in bed by 7:30 at the latest.”
Plus, Williams isn’t afraid to admit that, like many, she can be a worried parent.
“Like is she OK? What is she doing? Did she fall? Did she sit?” she told the magazine, listing her concerns. “Even when she crawls I shadow her so she doesn’t hit her head. I have a padded floor—everything makes me nervous about her. Is she in the car? Who’s driving? Why am I not driving? I want total control.”