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Serena covers Vogue: 'I absolutely want more grand slams, it's no secret that I have my eyes set on 25'

Kachi Wachuku in News 10 Jan 2018
  • Serena and daughter Alexis Olympia cover Vogue magazine's February issue
  • The new mom talks birth complications and hunger for more Grand Slam glory
Serena Willians for Vogue's February issue

Serena aims to break Margaret Court's Grand Slam record.

You would think having a baby would slow Serena Williams down, after all (with 23 major titles to her name) she is arguably the greatest tennis player of all time - rather the new mom tells Vogue Magazine: "When you see the finish line you don't slow down, you speed up."

The 36-year old graces the cover of Vogue's February issue with four-month old baby girl Olympia to talk everything from postpartum complications and parenting style, to her relationship with other top players and future aspirations.

"I absolutely want more Grand Slams. I am well aware of the record books unfortunately. It's not a secret that I have my sights on 25," she said.  
"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 I had Olympia."

Read full Vogue cover article here

The tennis star explained she suffered severe postpartum complications after having to deliver via emergency c-section, followed by six days of medical mishaps caused by intense coughing from pulmonary embolism. She was subsequently bed-ridden for six weeks as part of the recuperating process. 

Fellow players, Caroline Wozniacki, Angelique Kerber, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Novak Djokovic and even Stan Wawrinka have extended their support during and after her pregnancy. She even says Wawrinka gifted Olympia a pair of 'tiny blue Tod's driving loafers'.

"I'm so glad I have a daughter, I want to teach her that there are no limits." 

Williams shuts down the notion that women on the tour don't like each other. Going on to express her admiration for Billie Jean King and her era of female tennis players, who battled fiercely on-court but showed support for one another.

"I really believe we have to build each other up and build our tour up." 
"The women in Billie Jean King's day supported each other even though they competed fiercely. We've got to do that."   
"That's kind of the mark I want to leave. Play each other hard but keep growing the sport."

The former No.1 admits she had hoped to defend her Australian Open title this month, but her difficult recovery forced her to move her return to March where she looks to reclaim the Indian Wells title for the first time since 2001.

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