Serena Williams recently revealed her plans to have a second child with her husband, Alexis Ohanian. She spoke about it in an essay for the September 2022 issue of Vogue, of which she graces the cover along with her daughter Olympia. However, Serena said she doesn’t plan on getting pregnant while still playing tennis.
Serena said she and her husband did try for another baby last year. She said their doctor told them they could still have a baby whenever they are ready, which made her feel at ease. However, she said she was sure she didn’t want to become pregnant again as an athlete.
The 40-year-old tennis star also spoke about the difficulties she faced as a woman when it came to balancing her game and family. Serena wrote that she never wanted to choose between her family and game because it’s not fair. She further added that if she were a guy, she wouldn’t be writing this because she would be out there playing and winning while her wife would do the physical labour of expanding the family.
Serena also said that while she enjoyed every minute of being pregnant with her first child, she used to be younger, but now she’s about to turn 41 in a month and wouldn’t want to take a risk. Serena had a pulmonary embolism after delivering Olympia through an emergency C-section in 2017. Serena said she was working till she had to report to the hospital. In her essay, Serena also admitted that initially she never wanted to have kids with all the problems in the world.
Serena said she was never comfortable having children around but also revealed that she knew there would be people to take care of the child. Serena is grateful that she had a lot of support. She also said that she’s a ‘hands-on’ mother. In her essay, she writes, “In five years, Olympia has only spent one 24-hour period away from me. This past year, while I was recovering from a hamstring injury, I got to pick her up from school four or five days a week, and I always looked forward to seeing her face light up.
When she walked out of the building and saw me waiting there for her.” Serena also said that nothing would be a sacrifice for her daughter Olympia. In her essay, Serena also opened up about her retirement, what she loves the most about tennis, and her thoughts on her legacy. The September issue of Vogue is all set to hit the newsstands on 16 August 2022.