“A Different Kind of Feeling”: Serena Williams Reveals the Best Part About Becoming a Mother

Published 03/14/2021, 3:30 PM EDT
Serena Williams of the USA celebrates with daughter Alexis Olympia after winning the final match against Jessica Pegula of USA at ASB Tennis Centre in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)


Former World No. 1 Serena Williams has been competing at the highest level since she was a teenager. As of today, she’s still on top of her game and gives the top seeds a tough time. Even after entering the next phase in her life through parenthood, she continues to show an undying desire to achieve more in tennis.

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Serena Williams won her last Grand Slam title in 2017, during the initial stages of pregnancy. Recently, she gave an interview describing the best part about being a mother. The American player has loved a number of things in life, but when she gave birth to Olympia, it was a special feeling. 

Alexis Olympia, daughter of Serena Williams and husband Alexis Ohanian congratulates Serena Williams after she won her final match against Jessica Pegula of USA at ASB Tennis Centre on January 12, 2020 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

Serena Williams: “The best part about being a mom is being there”

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The twenty-three-time Grand Slam winner spoke on motherhood and stated, “For me, the best part about being a mom is just being there. There’s no feeling like being a mom. I’ve loved so many things before and I’ve loved so much but when I had my daughter it was a different kind of feeling and everyone would say that I cannot imagine this happening in my life without her. I could never connect to that really. Now it’s completely understandable.”

Even at tournaments, Williams is accompanied by her family. During the Australian Open this season, Serena had brought Olympia to her training sessions and was seen training with her coach Patrick Mouratoglou. 

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 18, 2021, Serena Williams of the U.S. leaves the court after losing her semi final match against Japan’s Naomi Osaka REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Recently, Olympia featured in the luxury shoe designer Stuart Weitzman’s campaign for the spring collection. Serena customized a ‘Qai Qai’ doll for Olympia which went on to become a sensation on the internet, having more followers than some active tennis players on Instagram.

Coming back to tennis, Serena is expected to compete at the Miami Open, later in March. She is the most successful player at the venue, winning the tournament eight times.

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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