Serena Williams in an interview with Vogue Magazine said she doesn’t want her baby daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian, Jr. to play tennis when she grows up.
Williams and Olympia appear on the February cover of Vogue together and Williams revealed how she has no intentions of grooming her daughter to follow in her footsteps on the tennis court.
“I would hate her to have to deal with comparisons or expectations. It’s so much work, and I’ve given up so much. I don’t regret it, but it’s like Sliding Doors: Go through a different door and lead a different life. I’d like her to have a normal life. I didn’t have that” she said.
She went on to say, “I think sometimes women limit themselves. I’m not sure why we think that way, but I know that we’re sometimes taught to not dream as big as men, not to believe we can be a president or a CEO, when in the same household, a male child is told he can be anything he wants. I’m so glad I had a daughter. I want to teach her that there are no limits.”
The 23-time Grand Slam champion also revealed for the first time the complications that marked the birth of her daughter. Serana endured a series of operations just days after her daughter was delivered via an emergency c-section.
After it was decided the safest option was to deliver Alexis Olympia by c-section, Williams began feeling unwell, complaining of a shortness of breath.
Williams, fearing she was suffering from a pulmonary embolism, insisted on a CT scan that showed a number of small blood clots on her lungs.
The pulmonary embolism then sparked a coughing fit that caused her caesarean section wound to re-open.
With the tennis star now fully recovered from the traumatic delivery, Williams admits she has found the first few months of motherhood a challenging experience.
“Sometimes I get really down and feel like, man, I can’t do this,” said Williams.
“I’ve broken down I don’t know how many times. Or I’ll get angry about the crying, then sad about being angry, and then guilty, like, Why do I feel so sad when I have a beautiful baby? The emotions are insane.”