As Serena Williams takes the next step in her career to “evolve away from tennis,” announcing on Tuesday that she plans to retire after playing in this year’s U.S. Open, she and husband Alexis Ohanian want to have another child.
“In the last year, Alexis and I have been trying to have another child, and we recently got some information from my doctor that put my mind at ease and made me feel that whenever we’re ready, we can add to our family,” Williams wrote in “Vogue” in a candid first-person essay. “I definitely don’t want to be pregnant again as an athlete. I need to be two feet into tennis or two feet out.”
Williams, who’s on the cover of the September issue of “Vogue,” told the magazine that she wants to spend more time with her husband and their 4-year-old daughter, Olympia, who has been telling her parents that she wants to be a big sister.
“We’re in my car, and she’s holding my phone, using an interactive educational app she likes,” Williams said about her daughter, who turns 5 this month. “This robot voice asks her a question: ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ She doesn’t know I’m listening, but I can hear the answer she whispers into the phone. She says, ‘I want to be a big sister.’”