I Want to Be a Role Model For My Daughter
Serena Williams only returned to competitive tennis in March following the birth of her daughter, but this enviable role model is already in blistering form and in pole position to win her first grand slam since becoming a mother.
At a press conference yesterday, after her quarter-final clash against Italian Camila Giorgi, Williams said she has always embraced being a role model.
I have always embraced being a role model
Known as the Comeback Queen, she said: “I have always embraced being a role model, I think I just really fell into that perfectly. And now that I am a mom, I just want to be even more of that role model for my daughter and for lots of kids out there, or people out there, who just want to be inspired. Here’s some good news. Right now there’s so much bad news in the world, it’s just like we need a good story,’’ said Williams.
Serena Williams’ Role Models
Asked who her role models were, both on and off the court while she was growing up, she named Monica Seles, and Venus “because she looked like me and we didn’t see a lot of black players out there.” And off the court, “my sister, even though she was on the court,” and “my mom, because she was always so amazing.”
Win or Lose But Never Quit
The American super-star also said that the first lesson she would teach her daughter Alexis Olympia in sport is that giving in is not an option and to always fight. She feels that it is very important in life, no matter what you are going through, “to never quit.”
The 23-times grand slam winner survived a scare as she had to come back from a set down to beat Giorgi 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to be able to progress to her 11th semi-final. Surprisingly, Williams claimed that she felt the game was never out of her hands and felt calm despite looking dejected and in sheer disbelief after losing her first set of the tournament.
Every time I lose I get better, and I think it’s important to have those losses
Williams missed out on Wimbledon last year as she was pregnant with her first child. Then ten months ago she was faced with life-threatening complications after giving birth to her daughter – and now she is dominating Wimbledon. How the American managed to get back in shape so quickly while she is still new to parenthood is incredible. She may deserve the title of “the greatest tennis player of all time.”
Last month Williams teamed up with the Allstate Foundation’s Purple Purse Initiative to fight against domestic and financial violence as it is important to her to be a strong role model and help women speak up.
Inspired by Serena Williams
The seven-times Wimbledon champion is also an inspiration to a fellow mother at Wimbledon, Evgeniya Rodina, whom she beat in the fourth round in straight sets. The Russian is also a parent and she refers to Serena as her “idol.”
“Serena is my idol,” she said. “She’s a great player, she’s a champion, she’s a great woman, and she plays unbelievable tennis.”
Williams now has a chance to become the fourth mom to ever win a slam, after the Belgian Kim Clijsters, and Australians Evonne Goolagong Cawley and Margaret Court.
Williams, who is now 36 years old, enjoys playing in England especially as she is now on an 18-match winning streak having won the Wimbledon title on her last two visits in 2015 and 2016.
She is currently just two wins away from equalling Margaret Court’s record for 24 grand slam titles and from capturing her eighth Wimbledon crown.
Williams will face the 13th seeded German Julia Goerges on Thursday. When the two met last month in the second round at the French Open, Williams won comfortably in straight sets.