Serena Williams spoke out about winning the Australian Open while pregnant

Serena Williams spoke out about winning the Australian Open while pregnant
Source: AP
Source: AP

Pregnant women can do just about everything non-pregnant people can. But naturally, an expecting Serena Williams managed to do what most people in the world can't ever do, pregnant or otherwise: win an Australian Open.

The world champion women's tennis star spoke out about her experience playing the winning match in a Tuesday Ted Talk interview with Gayle King.

Williams, who found out she was pregnant just two weeks before the tournament, admitted at first she was a little hesitant about whether she should play at all.

"I know it's very dangerous in the first 12 weeks or so, so I had a lot of questions," Williams said. In the end, though, she decided it was something she needed to do no matter how nervous she was.

"Pregnant or not, no one knew," she told King. "Every tournament where I show up, I'm expected to win. If I don't win, it's actually bigger news."

Williams celebrates after defeating her sister Venus during the Australian Open.
Source: 
Jack Thomas/AP

Williams announced her pregnancy publicly on April 19, when she posted a Snapchat to her story with the caption "20 weeks." 

It turns out the announcement was more or less an accident.

"I was on vacation, taking time for myself, and I have this thing where I've been checking my status and taking a picture every week," she said Tuesday. "I've been just saving it, but you know how social media is — you press the wrong button and..."

Williams said she plans to return to tennis after having her baby. Her child will just have to come along for the ride.

"My story isn't over," Williams said. "This is just a new part of my life. My baby is going to be in the stands, hopefully cheering for me and not crying too much."

How likely are you to make Mic your go-to news source?

Marie Solis

Marie is a Slay staff writer with focuses in culture and class. Her writing has appeared in Gothamist and the Awl. You can reach her at marie@mic.com.

MORE FROM

Bill Cosby to appear in court for alleged 1974 assault of 15-year-old girl

Cosby will appear in court on July 30, 2018 for allegedly forcing a teen girl to perform oral sex on him over 40 years ago.

Nearly 850 backlogged rape kits were found infested with mold in Texas

The mold-infested rape kits don't appear to have contaminated the DNA samples inside, according to authorities.

Season 11 of 'The X-Files' will be written entirely by men

Only six women have ever written for the beloved sci-fi show, which boasts over 200 episodes and spawned two feature-length films.

Does nursing require a "woman’s touch"? These male nurses say no.

Christian Martin and Dan Douglas are two men working as nurses — and it's mostly NBD.

The GOP health care bill's one-year ban on Planned Parenthood is a bigger problem than you think

Compared to the millions who will lose coverage, restricting federal funds for just 365 days doesn't seem that bad. But it is.

There's a new effort to recall Judge Aaron Perksy, who sentenced Brock Turner

If voters in Persky's county collect enough signatures, the judge could be on the chopping block in 2018.

Bill Cosby to appear in court for alleged 1974 assault of 15-year-old girl

Cosby will appear in court on July 30, 2018 for allegedly forcing a teen girl to perform oral sex on him over 40 years ago.

Nearly 850 backlogged rape kits were found infested with mold in Texas

The mold-infested rape kits don't appear to have contaminated the DNA samples inside, according to authorities.

Season 11 of 'The X-Files' will be written entirely by men

Only six women have ever written for the beloved sci-fi show, which boasts over 200 episodes and spawned two feature-length films.

Does nursing require a "woman’s touch"? These male nurses say no.

Christian Martin and Dan Douglas are two men working as nurses — and it's mostly NBD.

The GOP health care bill's one-year ban on Planned Parenthood is a bigger problem than you think

Compared to the millions who will lose coverage, restricting federal funds for just 365 days doesn't seem that bad. But it is.

There's a new effort to recall Judge Aaron Perksy, who sentenced Brock Turner

If voters in Persky's county collect enough signatures, the judge could be on the chopping block in 2018.