‘I Probably Shouldn’t Have Been Playing’- Serena Williams Says Pregnancy Was a Huge Challenge For Her

Published 12/05/2021, 10:30 AM EST
ISTANBUL, TURKEY – OCTOBER 23: Serena Williams of the United States walks out to face Angieszka Radwanska of Poland during day two of the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships at the Sinan Erdem Dome October 23, 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Serena Williams is inarguably the biggest female athlete in the world. A 23-time Grand Slam champion, Williams is a household name across the globe.

With nearly 20 corporate partners and multiple investments in businesses, Williams is also a great businesswoman. Apart from this, she also has her own clothing line. Furthermore, she even has a docu-series contract with Amazon Studios.

At the Forbes flagship Under 30 Summit in 2019, Serena spoke about challenges in life, and what her biggest challenge was.


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Serena Williams overcame the challenge of coming back to tennis

LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY – AUGUST 13: Serena Williams serves during her match against Venus Williams during Top Seed Open – Day 4 at the Top Seed Tennis Club on August 13, 2020 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Serena Williams was the first-ever athlete to make it to Forbes’ Self-Made Women’s list. Forbes invited her as a guest speaker at their flagship Under-30 Summit in 2019.

She talked about how her life choices and moral values inform her entrepreneurial decisions. Furthermore, she also talked about the challenges she faced in life and how she overcame them.

“Every day I feel like there’s some challenge that is presented to you and you’re meant to fail it,” Serena said.

Serena opens up about her own biggest challenge, talking about her pregnancy and her subsequent return to the sport. “The whole pregnancy was a huge challenge for me. Just to come back and play after that,” she expressed.


Serena’s advice about challenges

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 09: Serena Williams of the United States cools down between sets during her Ladies’ Singles fourth round match against Evgeniya Rodina of Russia on day seven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 9, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Serena acknowledged how everybody faces their own challenges, in their own ways, every single day in the life. “I think we all are faced with challenges every single day.”


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Talking about how she had recently come across a motivational quote, Serena stated how it is imperative to stay strong in the face of adversity.  “(The solution) -it’s just saying, ‘Is that the best you have? Because I can take way more’,” she quoted.

There is no doubt that Serena faced a world of adversity in her rise to the top of the game, much like her sister Venus. She remains and will always be a remarkable and historic figure in the sport.


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Samarveer Singh is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. Holding a degree in English Literature and a diploma in Fitness Sciences and Training, Samarveer is obsessed with tennis and basketball. A collegiate athlete himself, he admires all sportspersons who put in the work in order to achieve excellence.