SERENA RELISHING NEW CHALLENGES
ON AND OFF THE COURT
Ashley Marshall | February 9, 2018
ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Serena Williams said Friday that motherhood has been the most fun part of her life. For one of the most successful athletes of her generation, it seems now that family life is bringing her just as much joy off the court as tennis has on it.
Serena (pictured bove) and husband Alexis Ohanian welcomed their first child, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., into the world last Sept. 1, and the new mother said she’s loving the latest chapter of her life.
“It's been amazing. It's been an amazing journey,” Serena said. “It's something I've never embarked on … It's a totally new experience. I love motherhood. I look forward to just being the best mom I can be.”
The 23-time Grand Slam women’s singles champion said at Friday's draw ceremony press conference that she has had tremendous support from her family, especially older sister Venus, who said being a new mother has not changed Serena as a person. ADVERTISEMENT
Serena pointed to her great relationship with her big sister, saying Venus has been a source of positive energy, especially when it comes to helping her transition back into competitive tennis.
“There are moments that have just been hard, getting back out there doing it every day,” Serena admitted. “You have to get used to that, get in the rhythm of that. I've been able to really rely on [Venus] for that.”
The sisters are playing their eighth Fed Cup tie together this weekend at the U.S. Cellular Center, an ominous sign for the Dutch, considering the U.S. has never lost a tie when Serena and Venus have been in the same lineup.
“I think she's the best mother," Venus said of Serena. "She's unbelievable. She does everything herself. Changes as a person? She might go out a little less, but she's definitely remained very youthful and childlike at heart. Motherhood changes people in a way that they become less youthful and more serious.”
Serena was reluctant to look too far ahead as to how her schedule will play out for the rest of the season once this weekend’s Fed Cup tie is over, but she isn’t overlooking the possibility of winning two more major titles, which would surpass Margaret Court's record of 24 for the most of all time.
“I have long-term goals obviously,” said Serena, who experienced well-documented health complications during childbirth. “Right now, my main goal is just to stay in the moment. It goes unsaid 25 is obviously something that I would love, but I'd hate to limit myself.
“There have been a lot of ups and downs in the practice. I think that's normal for everything that I've gone through. But it also gives me another view. It's almost relaxing for me because I have nothing to prove.”