Serena Williams ‘wants to have more kids’ & is ‘prepared’ for her retirement

I know this post will probably get, like, three comments, but I enjoy writing about Serena Williams. Serena hasn’t played a tennis match since last year’s Wimbledon. She’s allegedly been rehabbing an injury she sustained last year, but if you follow her on social media, it doesn’t seem like she spends much time rehabbing jack sh-t. Serena is just living her life as a businesswoman, content-creator, producer and of course, a wife and mother. Olympia Ohanian will be five years old later this year and as those years went by, I always sort of thought that Serena and Alexis would be “one and done.” But according to Serena, she does want more kids. She also told Entertainment Tonight that she’s prepared to retire…

She is ready to one day retire from tennis. “I am prepared for that day, I’ve been prepared for that day for over a decade. So, I’ve always — if you’ve seen King Richard [the biographical film about her father, Richard Williams] — you know that my dad always said you got to prepare, so I’ve been prepared for that. You know, at the end of the day, I think it’s really important to always have a plan and that’s kind of what I did. I always had a plan.”

Her busy schedule away from tennis: “It is a balancing act and some days it’s harder than the others. It was definitely more tough because I’m still a mom and I’m still a wife and I’m still, you know, I want to be able to spend time and I like to be good at things. I want to be the best mom, you know, and I just have a wonderful team around me. … There are days that are overwhelming … but I’m just like, OK, I just got to like, figure it out and just make it work.”

She wants more kids: “I definitely want to have more kids, it’s just like, balance is key, you know, and just trying to find that balance. I don’t know, it’s always like, OK, are we ready? And I know the clock is ticking so I’m just like OK, I need to figure out when that’s going to be, but hopefully soon when I will feel no pressure.”

[From ET]

This is why you’ve probably seen a million headlines along the lines of “Serena Williams prepares retirement.” What she’s actually saying is that she’s been thinking about what she would do post-retirement for a decade. Incidentally, a decade ago, she lost first round of the French Open and went out and hired Patrick Mouratoglou, who is still her coach. She was 30 years old and everyone told her that she was past her prime. She hired Patrick because she wanted to win a few more titles. That was her goal in 2012! She went on to win ten more Slams after she turned 30. But… 40 is not 30. She’s 40 now, with a long history of injuries, and even more than that… I just wonder if her heart is in tennis anymore. She clearly wants to do other things, including have another baby, I guess. Oof, what if she retires this year? Is this her way of preparing her fans?

Serena also told ET that she plans to be at the Oscars in March to celebrate King Richard’s six Oscar nominations! Which means… she’s probably not going to play Miami.

Here’s her Super Bowl commercial:

Photos courtesy of Avalon Red, Serena’s Instagram.

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  1. Amy T says:

    Good for her. She’s more than earned the right to do whatever she wants.

  2. Seaflower says:

    Will be interested to watch her post playing career. Venus branched out in interesting directions.

  3. Cessily says:

    Best of luck whatever she decides.. I do pray she doesn’t have the same health issues if she has more children. She has had an amazing tennis career. 💞👏🏼

  4. Christine Wilkinson says:

    I have noticed she is doing a lot more commercial work, and I thought “ohhhh I bet she is close to retiring.” I have watched tennis for over 40 years and it is always hard to see retirement of our favorites. It is usually due to age and injury, the level of work and laser focus it must take to be an elite athlete is inconceivable to me. I wish her nothing but the best!

  5. Becks1 says:

    So basically she’s been smart and has been planning for her retirement for years.

    I do think she wants to win one more slam, and I think if she had won Wimbledon in the past few years or the US Open she would have retired at that point. I wonder if she’s decided that’s not worth it at this point and is becoming “okay” with retiring without that final win.

    (I mean i’m sure she’s okay lol, she’s a living legend, but I do think she had that as a goal.)

  6. VS says:

    She is the one of the greatest, if not, the greatest of all time …. I wish she would win one but even if she does not, that’s more than fine!

  7. tamsin says:

    She might just gradually slide into doing a dozen other things. I bet we’ll all wake up one day and realize, “oh, Serena has retired.” I so want her to win one more, but really, she has nothing left to prove.

  8. FHMom says:

    She will do great things after retirement. It doesn’t surprise me that she wants another child. Her daughter is so adorable. I wish her luck in expanding her family.

  9. myjobistoprincess says:

    I love serena. There always comes a time when the your ambitions transfers on the future you see for you within your family. it’s not a bad thing. She is a mother now, she seems happily with her partner, she’s rich, she’s probably realizing that she doesnt nEEEd tennis. she could hAve tennis, but perfectly happy without it. Bravo. That’s the best curtain call.

  10. PaulaH says:

    Well done Kaiser….. I forgot how much you LOVE tennis!!!

  11. Catherine says:

    I love love love Serena. So please keep posting about her even if there are only a few comments. She deserves all recognition. I think she would have retired if she had gotten the record. People forget the she was in 2 US Open finals and 2 Wimbledon final in the two years after Olympia was born. She was so close. Injuries have derailed her the last two years. Federer went several years without winning a championship then got another one. I hope she continues. I do wonder though if the partnership with Moratagalu has gotten stale. Like she did a decade ago. I think she needs different coaching input. Her technique is still beautiful and last we saw her skills are still at an incredibly high level. And despite her history of injury she is still incredibly athletic.

  12. Deering24 says:

    I hope she becomes a commentator. Her and Venus’ individual post-game breakdowns have always been informative.

    • Justjj says:

      I agree. She has a fantastic voice for it, as well. I would watch more tennis if I could hear her input and I think she would breathe a lot of life into tennis commentary, which can feel stale at times.

  13. mellie says:

    That little girl is absolutely THE cutest! I love and respect Serena, I don’t care if she gets the record or not, she is one of the best athletes in the world, period.

  14. one of the Marys says:

    Waiting to have a child until there’s no pressure is an impossible ask, she’s going to have to choose. I wonder if she will be another high profile mother who goes the gestational carrier route? I hope she gets what she wants but it’s brave of her to put that out there for the world to speculate

    • Julia K says:

      She had a boatload of health problems after her daughter was born, so the first thing I thought of was surrogacy, as well. She has too much to lose by going through a high risk pregnancy.

  15. HandforthParish says:

    Just here to say the superbowl commercial is awesome.

  16. Lheath says:

    She is my hero. Always love to hear about her!

  17. Grace says:

    More Serena, please. I LOVE her!

    • Truthiness says:

      I will be a fan no matter what chooses. I only wish the best, it’s clear she’s a great mom and businesswoman when she chooses to retire.🐐

  18. Kelsey says:

    Love Serena and her family, including Alexis’ loving, goofy seeming ass.

    She has cemented her status as one of the greats of all time. It’s time for her to live her life the way she wants. Good for her.

  19. Imara219 says:

    I’m 38, soon to be 39, and I feel like I grew up with the Williams’ sisters. My son is turning 5 soon, and honestly, if I had the help, I would definitely have at least one more child. I also wish I could be on phase 3 of my career. So cheers to Serena! Can’t wait to see how she continues to bloom and Queen-up.

  20. Duchess+of+Hazard says:

    Serena could go the way of a surrogate. I wouldn’t blame her considering the health contraindications she had with her wee one.

    • dawnchild says:

      Love Serena…and hope she has a healthy, happy life and babies, more titles, whatever! Just be a little extra careful with the pregnancies…her last one had some scary moments…I want her to be around a long time in whatever capacity she wants!

  21. The Other One says:

    Love the Serena content!

  22. Baily says:

    Serena and I are the same age, and my son is the same age as her daughter. I think she should just go ahead and retire, enjoy life, and hire a surrogate for another baby due to her health issues. I would never physically birth a baby in my 40s, it’s too hard, and with her $ there’s no reason to put your body through that again

  23. jferber says:

    The first picture with her adorable daughter is just killing me. I’ve seen Olympia on the court mimicking Mom’s moves and it’s just awesome. Serena is the G.O.A.T. Interesting that men take such an interest in that term, yet you rarely hear it in women’s sports. I also think she should go with surrogacy. The blood clots she had were scary as hell and she should guard her health as much as she can. On a last note, I’d love to see a video of her playing tennis with her daughter. So frigging cute!

  24. Fig says:

    I see her being like Kim Clijsters, playing a light schedule during her comebacks. The WTA allows unlimited wildcards for previous top players so the door isn’t completely closed if she wants

  25. GV Doc says:

    I like your post about Serena. She’s amazing!

  26. tw says:

    She’s the greatest of all time, and her IG is my favorite of all time. Love her

  27. Mollie says:

    I’m not ready for her retirement! 😭 As someone who has followed tennis her whole life, she is so much fun to watch! She’s amazing and she’s a mom!

  28. Zen says:

    She looks amazing in that beige outfit. I’m so used to seeing her in tennis togs or ball gowns it’s refreshing to see her in casual clothes and she looks beautiful in them. I too hope she goes the surrogacy route because those birthing issues she had previously were scary!