23 May “If I Lose, It is actually a much bigger News” Serena Williams Talks To Gayle King
A very interesting and inspiring interview by Gayle King and Serena Williams I must say. When you hit play, you literally don’t want to stop until it’s finished. In this fantastic chat, Serena talks motherhood, love and returning to the pitch. Read up some excerpts from their conversations and watch full video below.
They started the chat talking about her pregnancy announcement and the picture she posted ” that was a mistake and nobody was supposed to see that” she starts “Actually it was an accident ( laughs) I was taking some time off for myself and I have thing we’re I’ve been checking my status and taking pictures every week to see how far long I’m gone”
Gayle King: And sharing it with friends may be?
Serena: No,I actually have just been saving them; I didn’t really tell a lot of people to be quite honest; so I’ve been saving them and you know how social media works; you hit the wrong button and there you have it. So thirty minutes later…. my phone doesn’t ring that much, so thirty minutes later, I miss about four call and I said that’s weird- then I was like ‘ Oh Noooo! … but it was a good moment- I was going to wait barely 5-6 days more but that’s ok.
Gayle King: Yeah, that’s weird because the picture just said 20 weeks and didn’t have a lot of information on it.
Serena: Yeah, that’s what I’ve been doing- every week I take a picture 18 weeks, 19 weeks, 20 weeks just tracking it. I was so goodbye with it but this one time I slipped.
Gayle King: Congratulations! When you heard the news, were you excited, were you afraid, were you worried that you were pregnant?
Serena: So, I heard it 2 days before the Australian Open which was one of the biggest grand slams and I was nervous ( Laughs) I wasn’t quite sure what to think but I knew that at that moment it was important for me to be focussed at the Australian Open, I was definitely not sure right then what to do- I was like ‘ can I play, you know it’s very dangerous sometimes in the first 12 weeks or so, so I had a lot of questions.
Serena went ahead to play but she didn’t just play but won her 23rd title grand slam title while pregnant. Talking about how she did it and if she had to play differently knowing she was with a child she continued ” I did, it wasn’t very easy especially when you hear all these stories about people when they are pregnant, they get sick, they get tired…
Gayle King: Have you had any morning sickness?
Serena: No! Fortunately… so they get really tired and all, I had to take all that energy put it in a paper bag so to say and throw it away because I really needed it. It felt like I didn’t have time to deal with any extra emotions or anything else because pregnant or not ( no one knew I was pregnant) I am supposed to win that title. Every time I show up I am expected to win and if I don’t win that is actually a much bigger news”
Serena is a hard worker and admits to being addicted to winning. She continues with the conversations talking about what the future holds and if she will be coming back to the pitch. As she puts it ” I’m not done yet! I definitely plan on coming back. Everything is mental for me, my sister is a year older than I am and she is still playing, I know I can’t play so forget it. Roger Federa is older than I am and he is still winning everything so I know I can still play. My story is definitely not over yet. I was talking to my coach about it. This is going to be a new part of me. My baby is going to be in the stands cheering for me and hopefully not crying too much.”
Serena won her first Championship at age 17 and since then has never stopped winning; she admits to being a bad loser but says that losing has made her a better winner. Watch the interview below.