Written by Eromosele Patrick Eidusi
Tennis Champion, Serena Williams is the cover star for Vanity Fair Magazine August 2017 issue.
In this issue, the Tennis star shares how she met her Fiancé, Alexis Ohanian, their love story, her pregnancy, and how she still had to play a tournament while seven weeks pregnant.
According to Vanity Fair, Serena and Alexis will be married this fall after the birth of the baby.
The magazine describes Serena as “the best tennis player in history. With an aggregate winning percentage of 85.76 percent and 72 tournaments won on the Women’s Tennis Association tour (including the 23 grand-slam victories in 29 singles finals, not to mention 14 doubles finals with sister Venus).”
The tennis star reveals she will return to pro tennis as soon as January because “I don’t think my story is over yet.”
Read excerpts of the feature below:
Serena wasn’t happy. Actually, she was livid. But after she got on the plane, she realized that he was flying her out for only one reason. “I knew it was coming. I was like, ‘Serena, you’re 35, you’re ready. This is what you want.”
Alexis picked the same room they has shared a year earlier, the hotel at his instruction filling it with flowers. He took her downstairs to the same table by the pool area where they had first met. No one else was there, since the hotel also at his instruction, had cleared everyone else out. He retold the story of how he had met her for the first time at this exact spot two years earlier. On the table was a little plastic rat.
Alexis got on one knee and proposed.
Finding out About Pregnancy
But she felt a little different physically. She had unexpectedly thrown up at one point and her breasts has enlarged. She thought it might be hormonal, but her friend Jessica Steindorff immediately suspected something else and suggested a pregnancy test. Serena thought it was ludicrous.
Jessica worked on her for two days until Serena relented, and so Jessica went to a pharmacy and bought a pregnancy kit.
“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?
Test No. 2: Positive, Test No, 3: Positive, Test No, 4: Positive, Test No, 5: Positive, Test No, 6: Positive.”
How she told Alexis About the baby
Once Serena knew she was pregnant, she called Alexis and told him he needed to come to Melbourne earlier than planned. She didn’t give him the reason, but Alexis thought it was likely health-related and immediately got a United Flight out of Francisco. When she saw him, not a word was said.
She handed him a paper bag with six positive pregnancy tests.
He was shocked as Serena. But there wasn’t time to dwell.
She played the Australian open while pregnant
The Australian open was about to begin, and an immediate medical determination had to be made on what risk there might be in playing. The doctor who examined her thought she was about three or four weeks pregnant – it was almost impossibly hard to tell because the fetus was so small – and said there was no risk whatsoever.
When Serena returned to the States and had a subsequent exam. It was discovered that she had actually been more advanced, about seven to eight weeks, but she said she would have played. There were only five people who knew during the tournament: Alexis, Jessica, Jill, Venus and the doctor. Not even Serena’s coach knew. Nor did tournament officials.
Serena is now a little more than seven months pregnant. “It just doesn’t seem real. I don’t know why. Am I having a baby?” She says, “If you would have told me last year 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. This is kind of how I am right now. This is happening sooner than later, and it’s going by so fast.”
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Photo Credit: Annie Leibovitz/Vanity Fair