Serena Williams: ‘I Really Want An Epidural’

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At eight months along, Serena Williams looked simply radiant in the September issue of Vogue and opened up about expecting her first child with fiancé, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.

On winning the Australian Open in January while pregnant: “I used to think I’d want to retire when I have kids, but no. I’m definitely coming back. Walking out there and hearing the crowd, it may seem like nothing. But there’s no better feeling in the world. Obviously, if I have a chance to go out there and catch up with [Margaret Court], I am not going to pass that up. If anything, this pregnancy has given me a new power.”

On keeping their baby’s gender a secret: “Alexis thinks we’re having a boy, but I have a strong suspicion that it’s a girl. Two weeks after we found out, I played the Australian Open. I told Alexis it has to be a girl because there I was playing in 100-degree weather, and that baby never gave me any trouble. Ride or die. Women are tough that way.”

On her surprise pregnancy: “But once I found out, something happened that surprised me. I became really calm. I thought, ‘You have to win, but you’re allowed to lose, because you have something to look forward to.’ ”

On her birth plan: “I’m nervous about childbirth. I’m not a spring chicken. The one thing I really want is an epidural, which I know a lot of people are against, but I’ve had surgeries galore, and I don’t need to experience any more pain if I can avoid it.”

On impending motherhood: “But the biggest thing is that I don’t really think I’m a baby person. Not yet. That’s something I have to work on. I’m so used to me-me-me, taking care of my health, my body, my career. I always ask, ‘Am I going to be good enough?’ “

For more from Serena, go to Vogue

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