Serena Williams is widely known as the greatest tennis player of all time, the G.O.A.T., if you will. She held the number one spot in tennis until she took a break to give birth to her daughter Alexis Ohanian Jr. The mommy-daughter duo now hold a new title: The Greatest Cover Girls of All Time, gracing the cover of Vogue together.
The new mom posted the cover along with this caption: “When I first saw this @voguemagazine cover it brought tears to my eyes. All Vogue covers are special but to share this one with my beautiful daughter @olympiaohanian also the youngest Vogue cover star makes it moment I will never forget.”
The youngest cover star? Help, we can’t breathe. It’s too cute. It looks like Alexis has brought so many blessings to Serena and her husband, Alexis Ohanian Sr. And while Serena has thought about settling down with her husband now that they’ve started a family, she makes it clear that there’s something she’s got to do first: “I absolutely want more Grand Slams. I’m well aware of the record books, unfortunately. It’s not a secret that I have my sights on 25.”
Serena currently holds 23 Grand Slam titles, but the record is held by Australian tennis player Margaret Court, who holds 25. Literally, three months after giving birth to her daughter and Serena is ready to break more records than she already has. She says that she owes her drive to her baby girl. She feels less anxious now that she has in the past. She tells Vogue, “Knowing I have this beautiful baby to go home to makes me feel like I don’t have to play another match. I don’t need the money or the titles or the prestige. I want them, but I don’t need them.” Say it with me: G.O.A.T..
And as if her swift return to tennis isn’t enough for any of us, Serena goes ahead and proves that she might as well be called “Dr. Williams,” too. While she admits that her pregnancy with Alexis was easy (I mean, who else could win the Australian Open while 9 weeks along?) the birth wasn’t exactly smooth. Serena had to have an emergency C-section, and though mom and baby were initially okay, things changed quickly. The next day, Serena was short of breath. Because she knew her body and her history with blood clots she told the nurses exactly what she needed from them, advocating for herself until she was given what she needed. When she was feeling better, she said, “Listen to Dr. Williams!” Somebody get this woman a license to practice medicine!
Does she think that she’ll work her way back to number one? “It’s interesting,” Serena tells Vogue, “There hasn’t been a clear number one since I was there. It will be cool to see if I get there again, to what I call my spot—where I feel I belong. I don’t play to be the second best or the third best. If there’s no clear number one, it’s like, yeah, I can get my spot back. But if there is a clear number one, that’s cool, too, because it’s like, yeah, I’m gonna come for you.”
So basically…you can’t stop the Greatest Of All Time. She’s gonna come for you. And maybe a PhD, too.
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