5 Things We Learned From Serena Williams' Interview For InStyle's First Badass Women Issue

Serena Williams
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Serena Williams attends Glamour's 2017 Women of The Year Awards at Kings Theatre on Nov. 13, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York. 

InStyle has officially released its first-ever Badass Women Issue, and who’s on the cover? Non other than the undoubtedly badass Olympic gold medalist Serena Williams.

Williams has been training intensively since she was just 3 years old, and currently holds the record for most Grand Slam titles, totaling 39. She has recently been called the greatest player of all time by fellow tennis champ Roger Federer, all while establishing herself as much more than just an athlete since the start of her career. The 36-year-old has become a role model for women all over the world and recently released her own documentary series on HBO, Being Serena, which follows the crucial moments the athlete is currently going through in her life, both on and off the court. 

Williams' InStyle profile dived even deeper into her life, as the tennis star opened up about her baby girl, Alexis Olympia, her confidence and how she got to be at the Royal Wedding. Take a look at Billboard's biggest takeaways below.

1. Serena Was Completely Convinced She Wasn’t Pregnant When She Got The News.   

As seen on Being Serena, the athlete took a pregnancy test in Australia and seemingly forgot about it, leaving it on the bathroom counter for two hours. This was all due to her being convinced it was not possible for her to be pregnant. “I had not seen Alexis [Ohanian, her husband] in, like, four weeks” she stated, emphasizing that she only took the test to shut her friend up. Serena was even more shocked when she went to the doctor and found out she was seven weeks along. Alexis Olympia was born on September 1, 2017.

2. She Felt the Most Badass During the 2017 Australian Open, Where She Played Pregnant.

After finding out about the baby to come, Williams questioned whether or not she should pull out of the Australian Open. However, with her doctors approval, she continued playing, taking much caution in regards to the 104 degree weather, making sure to get an early time for the sake of the baby. Not only did Williams play the tournament while 2 months pregnant, she went on to win her 23rd Grand Slam title. "It was like an animated Disney movie," she said of the victory. 

3. The Key to Being a Badass Woman Is Confidence.

Serena advised that being a badass woman is all about confidence and being unapologetically yourself. “[A badass woman] doesn’t care what anyone else says -- but in a positive, not a negative, way. It’s more like standing up for yourself and others.” Williams looks up to the stars like Beyonc√©, Rihanna, and Kate Middleton, as well as the women involved in the #MeToo movement, because “they are not afraid to say what’s wrong and what has affected them.” For herself, it took years years of feeling like she had to apologize for who she was, whether regarding her body or something else, until she finally realized, “there’s nothing wrong with me. I understand who I am.”

4. The Romance Between Serena and Her Husband, Alexis Ohanian, Is Still Strong, and One Baby is Not Enough.

Since meeting in 2015 and marrying in 2017, Serena and Alexis try to not go too long without seeing each other, and go on dates to keep their romance alive. As for more kids? The couple doesn’t have a idea of when just yet, but they are definitely planning for more -- the only thing really getting in the way for now is tennis. "I don’t know if I want to play if I have another baby," she told InStyle. "I need to talk to Alexis. We need a plan."

5. Serena Is Good Friends With Meghan Markle and Had a Blast at the Royal Wedding.

Serena and Meghan have been friends for years, and she loved seeing her friend so happy at the wedding in last month. Williams worked with Valentino Designer Pierpaolo Piccioli for her reception outfit, choosing the first dress he showed her. Williams' instincts were right, as her dress was a huge hit -- as well as her sneakers underneath. "I was supposed to wear heels originally, and I’m thinking, 'C’mon, Serena—reception. Heels or shoes? Heels or shoes?' I decided to go with the shoes," she said with a laugh.


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