Despite her eagerness to expand her brood, Williams remains dedicated to her sport, even when it gets difficult physically.
“I sneak away to practice, usually around 8 a.m. The only rule I have at practice is to be done at 1 p.m., because as much as I love tennis, I need to be with her. I want to put her above everything else I’m doing,” she said. “Since she was born, I haven’t been apart from her for more than a day.”
Williams also admitted she surprised herself somewhat when she won the Grand Slam singles title at the Australian Open in January 2017.
“I was two months pregnant. I was literally nine weeks by the end of the tournament. Every day that passed I thought, ‘This is a dream,’” she said. “I had a really tough first round and an even tougher second round. I thought, ‘I’m probably going to lose early. That’s OK. I have a good excuse for the first time.’”
Thankfully, she had a great cheerleader all along the way in then-fiancé (now husband) Alexis Ohanian, who she said she fell in love with shortly after meeting.
“I had this sense, like, ‘I’m going to marry this guy, but I’m not ready yet, but I know I’m going to marry this guy,’” she said of first meeting the Reddit co-founder. “I didn’t know his world at all, but I’ve always been tech-savvy. I had a few investments before I met him, and I wanted to know more. So we started talking, just as friends. Just casually chatting. I was getting hot when he was talking about it all. So after that, we just continued talking, and then, I don’t know — I love his world.”