Serena Williams celebrates motherhood in the February issue Vogue Magazine.
The tennis ace beams with her adorable daughter Alexis Olympia a-front of the fashion bible.
Within its inner-pages, she glows in a full shoot lensed by Mario Testino.
Williams, who married Reddit co-founder in November, poses it up with her bae, baby, and family in the stunning feature.
She also opens up about how she’s adapting to being a mom.
Peep more pics and quotes after the jump…
“We’re not spending a day apart until she’s eighteen!
Now that I’m 36 and I look at my baby, I remember that this was also one of my goals when I was little, before tennis took over, when I was still kind of a normal girl who played with dolls. Oh, my God, I loved my dolls. [Sings] I love the way you make me feel You’re so real.”
On Emotional Roller-Coaster Of Motherhood:
“Sometimes I get really down and feel like, Man, I can’t do this. It’s that same negative attitude I have on the court sometimes. I guess that’s just who I am. No one talks about the low moments—the pressure you feel, the incredible letdown every time you hear the baby cry. I’ve broken down I don’t know how many times. Or I’ll get angry about the crying, then sad about being angry, and then guilty, like, Why do I feel so sad when I have a beautiful baby? The emotions are insane.”
“I know that her career might have been different if she had had my health. I know how hard she works. I hate playing her because she gets this look on her face where she just looks sad if she’s losing. Solemn. It breaks my heart. So when I play her now, I absolutely don’t look at her, because if she gets that look, then I’ll start feeling bad, and the next thing you know I’ll be losing. I think that’s when the turning point came in our rivalry, when I stopped looking at her.”
“To be honest, there’s something really attractive about the idea of moving to San Francisco (home of Reddit) and just being a mom.
But not yet.
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.
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. That’s a different feeling for me.
I’ve been playing tennis since before my memories started. At my age, I see the finish line. And when you see the finish line, you don’t slow down. You speed up.”