Serena Williams won’t play in the Australian Open, but that doesn’t mean she’s done with tennis or her pursuit of the all-time record in women’s Grand Slam singles titles.
In a new Vogue cover story, Williams addressed a future of “just being a mom” in San Francisco with husband Alexis Ohanian, and then explained how being a mom will actually help her be better on the court:
“Maybe this goes without saying, but it needs to be said in a powerful way: 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.” She means 25 Grand Slam victories, which would surpass the record of 24 held by the Australian tennis legend Margaret Court and make her the undisputed greatest of all time. (Serena, already widely regarded as the best there ever was, currently owns 23.) “And actually, I think having a baby might help. When I’m too anxious I lose matches, and I feel like a lot of that anxiety disappeared when Olympia was born. Knowing I’ve got 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….