Serena Williams nearly died after complications from an emergency C-section while delivering her daughter Alexis Olympia.
But on the cover of Time magazine, she is a figure of pure power.
Serena is the cover star of this month’s Time magazine, and for the cover, the 36-year-old posed in a black crop top with her hands on her hips, rocking her natural hair and minimal make-up and looking like a total boss.
A thin scar can be seen on her abdomen, with the coverline reading: ‘”Nothing about me right now is perfect. But I’m perfectly Serena”.
In the lengthy interview feature accompanying the cover, the tennis superstar discussed everything from her struggles on the court to her motherhood fears with writer Sean Gregory.
Both problems have collided for Serena, with her coach Patrick Mouratoglou telling her that unless she stopped breastfeeding Olympia, she would not return to the top of the tennis ranks.
Speaking to Time, Serena said: ‘You have the power to sustain the life that God gave her. You have the power to make her happy, to calm her. At any other time in your life, you don’t have this magical superpower.’
Speaking about Mouratoglou telling her to stop nursing, she said: ‘It’s absolutely hard to take from a guy. He’s not a woman, he doesn’t understand that connection, that the best time of the day for me was when I tried to feed her.
‘I’ve spent my whole life making everyone happy, just servicing it seems like everyone. And this is something I wanted to do.’
Serena stopped breastfeeding when Olympia was six months old, saying she ‘had a good conversation’ with her baby about it.
The athlete also discussed her marriage with Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian admitting she was surprised they fell in love.
She said: ‘I always assumed I’d marry a black guy. I always felt that I could relate more with a black guy, that we’d have more struggles in common, you know?