Monica Seles Says it’s “Unreal” How Serena Williams Manages Being a Mother, Tennis Player and Businesswoman

Published 10/31/2021, 3:30 PM EDT
2019 US Open Tennis Tournament- Day Eleven. Serena Williams of the United States celebrates her victory against Elina Svitolina of the Ukraine hitting balls to the spectators after the Women’s Singles Semi-Finals match on Arthur Ashe Stadium during the 2019 US Open Tennis Tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 5th, 2019 in Flushing, Queens, New York City. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)


40-year-old Serena Williams is not just one of the greatest athletes of all time. Apart from being a phenomenal tennis player, she is a wife, a mother, and a successful entrepreneur who manages most of these things on her own.

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Serena has been playing professional tennis for about 24 years now. However, since her famous win at the US Open 1998, her gameplay has not dropped even a little bit.

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Monica Seles hails Serena Williams for her managing skills

In a recent podcast, 9-time Grand Slam champion Monica Seles talked about the great qualities of Serena. She highlighted how the American fulfils all her responsibilities as a wife and a mother and even then, manages to outshine her opponents on the court.

Serena Williams celebrates with daughter Alexis Olympia after winning the final match against Jessica Pegula. ASB Tennis Centre in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

“I don’t think we even talk about that how much that it does to your body and really the injuries to come back from them and to still be hungry after just doing rehab month, month after month, and then suddenly get re-injured… And I think for her to keep that all in balance with being a mom, working and working around the world. It’s not like you know, so just so many unknown components on unknown surfaces you’re playing time zones. 

“I truly don’t even know how she’s able to manage all that with Olympia. I mean just putting, when you know a little one to sleep with the different times,” said Seles in the podcast. “It’s you know, and then having to know hey I got a week play at a top level next day somebody that you know, it was actually going to bring their A game because anybody to this day, that play Serena knows they got to bring their A game,” added the former World No.1 player.

Seles is certainly in awe of Serena. She even stated that her counterparts are well aware that in order to give themselves any chance against the 23-time Grand Slam champion, they have to be on their toes and play their best tennis.

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Seles believes Serena is the greatest tennis player all along with Margaret Court, Billie Jean King, and others

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In the same podcast, Seles called Serena one of the unreal superstars. She even compared her to Margaret Court and other tennis legends and lauded her as the greatest player of all time.

Serena Williams shares a joke with Billie Jean King after her win over Simona Halep of Romania in the final. Day seven of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals tennis at the Singapore Sports Hub on October 26, 2014 in Singapore. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

“I mean, she is I mean when you think about it, unreal. What she has done and is the greatest of all with Margaret Court or Billie Jean King. All this, Martina Navratilova, Chrissie Evert, Stephanie Graff, I mean, what all these ladies have done, is surely unbelievable,” concluded the 47-year-old.

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Serena Williams is currently recovering from a hamstring injury. As a result, her return to the court is uncertain right now. Will she be able to make a brilliant comeback next year?

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Anshul Singh

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Anshul Singh is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 1000 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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