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“I Just Remember Hating My Now Husband”- Serena Williams Opens Up On Her Pregnancy

Published 01/09/2020, 1:13 PM EST

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American legend Serena Williams has started her 2020 season on a positive note. Playing in Auckland at the ASB classic, Serena decisively won her first two matches. She will now play her quarterfinal game tomorrow.

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However, while talking to media in Auckland, Serena reflected on her last visit to Auckland three years ago. Among other things, she discussed how her pregnancy affected her at that time!

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Serena Williams lost in the second round at Auckland the last time around. The American star later realized that she was six weeks pregnant at the time.

“I always knew I would have to come back for sure. So I’m really happy to be back. I feel like the last time so many things were happening in my life that it was just crazy looking back and I didn’t even know and realize what was happening. Now I’m here with my daughter and it’s such a special moment, this is kind of like where it all began.”

Serena Williams also talked about her headspace this time in Auckland. She revealed that she is in a much better space of mind this year.

“It’s amazing. I’m in a really different frame of mind. I’m not pregnant, that’s a start so that works and I can only do good now.”

Serena also revealed how her pregnancy phase was a nightmare for her husband.

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“I just remember it was windy and being angry, hating my now husband (Alexis Ohanian). I was like ‘I can’t stand you and I don’t know why. Obviously, at the time, I didn’t know why either. It was like ‘there’s something about your smell, I don’t like your smell’. I was six weeks pregnant and had no idea.


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So looking back it’s so surreal and crazy and now that I’m here, I have all these funny memories of being miserable. “

How Has The ASB Classic Been For Serena?

Serena has put up a flawless performance so far. She got an easy victory over Camilia Giorgi in the first round. However, a brief hiccup against compatriot C. Mchale did trouble her in the first set of the second round.


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Overall, a victory in Auckland will give her tons of confidence for the Australian Open.

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Aryan Sharma


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Aryan Sharma is a WWE and Tennis author and editor at EssentiallySports. Being a journalism graduate from Delhi University, he combines his love for creating content with an astute knowledge of almost three eras of professional wrestling. He's also a Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova fan and likes to write on the social impact of these two legends beyond their achievements on the tennis court.
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