Serena Williams made headlines for winning the Australian Open while secretly pregnant, but now she’s back in the spotlight for crushing the competition at something quite different.
The hottest trend in celebrity pregnancy is to pose bare-bumped (read: Natalie Portman, Beyonce and Kourtney Kardashian, for starters) but it was game, set, match when Serena slipped off her tennis skirt—and everything else!
The 23-time grand-slam winner posed for the cover of Vanity Fair’s August 2017 issue and got candid about her life on and off the court.
"If you would have told me last year in October or November that I would have a baby, not be pregnant but have a baby, I would have thought you were the biggest liar in the world," Serena told Vanity Fair. "This is kind of how I am right now. This is happening sooner than later, and it's going by so fast... I don't know what to do with a baby. I have nothing… I've done absolutely nothing for the baby room."
Still, we think these brilliant new parents will figure things out quickly!
The mom-to-be and her fiancé Alexis Ohanian (co-founder of Reddit) became engaged in December, 2016, but Serena said she knew what to expect before he popped the question. “I knew it was coming. I was like, ‘Serena, you’re 35, you’re ready. This is what you want.’ ” she said.
Soon after their dream engagement, Serena began to feel ‘off’ while playing tennis and after some fits of nausea, a friend encouraged her to take a pregnancy test. “I’ll take it just because (a) to prove you wrong and (b) because it’s fun, whatever. It’s like a joke. Why not?” she recalled. When the first came back positive, she took five more tests for good measure. Positive x6, and here we are!
Even with motherhood lurking around the corner, the tennis star has no plans of letting her career slide. Serena says she plans to hit the competitive court as soon as January. “I don’t think my story is over yet,” she said.