Serena Williams is known for being a powerful force on the tennis court, but these days, the competitive sports player is channeling her softer side, thanks to motherhood.
In an exclusive interview with Vogue where Serena and Olympia appear on the February cover together and Serena reveals the health scare, she had after having an emergency C-section.
She talks about how she has no intentions of grooming her daughter to follow in her very prestigious footsteps on the tennis court.
“I would hate her to have to deal with comparisons or expectations,” Serena said. “It’s so much work, and I’ve given up so much.
I don’t regret it, but it’s like Sliding Doors: Go through a different door and lead a different life. I’d like her to have a normal life. I didn’t have that.”
The 36-year-old Grand Slam champion and her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. are the cover stars of Vogue’s February issue, and to say they’re both serving up cuteness would be an understatement.
Serena has shared glimpses of how her life has changed since giving birth in September, and now she’s opening up about why she’s “so glad” she’s raising a baby girl.
“I think sometimes women limit themselves,” Williams told the fashion magazine.
“I’m not sure why we think that way, but I know that we’re sometimes taught to not dream as big as men, not to believe we can be a president or a CEO when in the same household, a male child is told he can be anything he wants.
I’m so glad I had a daughter. I want to teach her that there are no limits.” Preach, Serena!