‘Let’s Keep Making Noise.’ Serena Williams Dedicates Wimbledon Final to ‘All Moms’

Serena Williams competed in her 30th Grand Slam singles final at Wimbledon this weekend, in a re-match of the 2016 Wimbledon final when she defeated Angelique Kerber. While Williams didn’t win in their most recent face-off, the fact that she was in the tennis competition’s final a mere ten months after giving birth to to her daughter Alexis Olympia is an impressive feat in and of itself. Particularly as her pregnancy and birth led to a number of health issues, including a pulmonary embolism and multiple surgeries.

While Williams lost to Kerber, she was still surprised by her performance, noting in a post-game interview that she “didn’t expect to do this well in my fourth tournament back.” After the final, Williams took to Twitter to express her appreciation for her fans with a shout-out to all moms. She wrote that the “past 2 weeks was a sound for all moms” whether they choose to “stay home” or work, adding “you can do it you really can! I’m not any better or diff than any of you all.”

Williams’s husband Alexis Ohanian took to Twitter to express his awe at his wife’s accomplishment. He noted that after her pregnancy lead to a pulmonary embolism that nearly cost Williams her life.

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Serena Williams has been balancing mommy duties,with her 10-month-old daughter Alexis Olympia, and training for her 10th return to the Wimbledon stage. Although the tennis superstar had high hopes of winning, she lost to Germany’s Angelique Kerber leaving her short of a record-tying 24 Grand Slam title with tennis pioneer Margaret Court.

While fans took to social media to share encouraging words to Serena, her husband, Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian, posted a heartfelt message to his Instagram assuring her that he’s proud of her and more trophies are on the way.

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After her loss, a visibly moved Williams shared her disappointment but said she was playing for all the moms:

 

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Angelique Kerber Beats Serena Williams to Win Wimbledon Championship

(LONDON) — Angelique Kerber won her first Wimbledon championship by stopping Serena Williams’ bid for a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam title.

Kerber played cleanly as can be, covering the court so well and picking her spots for big shots, in a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Williams in Saturday’s final.

It is the 30-year-old Kerber’s third Grand Slam title. She also beat Williams in the Australian Open final in 2016, then won that year’s U.S. Open.

Williams is a seven-time Wimbledon champion and her 23 major trophies rank second all-time to Margaret Court. This final came just 10½ months after the 36-year-old American gave birth to a daughter and dealt with a serious health scare. She was playing in the fourth tournament of her comeback.

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Oli Scarff — AFP — Getty ImagesUS player Serena Williams reacts against Germany’s Angelique Kerber during their women’s singles final match on the twelfth day of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 14.

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Serena Williams on Heading to the Wimbledon Final: ‘It’s Not Inevitable For Me to Be Playing Like This’

Serena Williams is headed to her 30th Grand Slam singles final after beating Julia Goerges in the 2018 Wimbledon semi-final on Thursday. Her win sets the stage for a redux of the 2016 Wimbledon final in which she defeated Angelique Kerber, who will also be her 2018 opponent.

It was an especially sweet victory for Williams, a 23-time champion, who survived harrowing complications when she gave birth to daughter Alexis Olympia just 10 months ago. Following the baby’s delivery, Williams had a number of health issues, including a pulmonary embolism and a hematoma, which led to her having multiple surgeries.

Williams isn’t taking her time at Wimbledon for granted, noting in a post-game interview that she “didn’t expect to do this well in my fourth tournament back.”

“It’s not inevitable for me to be playing like this,” Williams said. “I had multiple surgeries and nearly didn’t make it when I gave birth. I’m enjoying every moment.”

Williams will face off with Kerber on Saturday; if she is victorious, she’ll tie Margaret Court’s all-time record for grand slam singles titles.

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5 Amazing Pieces From Serena Williams’ New Clothing Line

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Serena Williams is truly the goat. Her baby isn’t even walking yet and the ultra-athlete has returned to tennis and is dominating the French Open while still managing to find time to launch her clothing line, Serena.

The 13-piece collection features everything from work to weekend, all with an athletic flair. The line has American classics with Williams’ touch: including denim, athleisure, and even a “motivational” section.

The “S” featuring two tennis balls and logo’ing her brand stands not only for Serena but also around the concept of an “s” word. The 23 Grand slam title holder states, “Everyone can have an ‘s’ word. Mine is ‘sure.’ My mom’s is steadfast.’ A really good friend of mine who has been through a lot, her ‘s’ is ‘survivor.’”

Williams’ was eager to use her experience gained from two years of fashion school at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. The line has been in the works for the past two years, admitting, “in between there I got pregnant and had a baby, which took a little time, and then I got married, which I needed to spend time on that.”

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She’s back with a force, giving us some 80’s vibes. She discusses her suit jacket with padded shoulders and states, “I love a shoulder pad. I put an extra one in mine to get a real structured, Balmain look.” She also complains about how much stretch is in jeans,”I feel like everywhere I go it’s just ‘stretch stretch.’

What happened to the amazing Levi’s? I wanted to bring that back.” With this being said, expect her jeans to have very little stretch. On the fit, she reasons, “I can fit in them. It’s enough [stretch] to get on and it fits very well. It brings the integrity of the jean back, and I feel that’s missing right now in all the jean collections.”

The inaugural collection ranges from $ 40.00 for a logo t-shirt or high waist briefs to $ 215.00 for a gold and black anorak jacket. On the more pricey side, for the consumer that simply wants to support Serena, there’s an “S” logo pin for $ 14.99. The line goes up to XL in only some pieces, which I’m sure is dissapointing to her plus-size fans.

There will be a series of capsule collection drops throughout the Summer and Fall, with over 75 styles ranging from $ 35.00 to $ 250.00.

The collection drops today and here are the top 5 pieces that are in our checkout cart.

ESSENTIAL MOCK CROP TOP, $ 75.00

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This black mock crop top is what you need to keep your New York style in full effect all summer. The piece is versatile and can be paired with jeans or a skirt and can be dressed up or down.

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Lori Harvey was pictured in Los Angeles pairing a black turtleneck with distressed straightleg jeans and black mules. She looks classic and chic.

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You can rock this style straight into summer with Williams’ turtleneck crop top. It’s sized from small to large.

Modern Denim Dress, $ 205.00

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I’m obsessed with this denim dress! Overalls are definitely trending and we love that she created this acid wash overall dress giving us a modern take on an 80’s favorite.

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The chain shoulder strap detailing adds to a punk rock trend and gives this dress uniqueness and life.

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Game Of Thrones star, Nathalie Emmanuel is on the red carpet in overalls and pumps and we love that Williams’ has given us an option to upgrade our overall trend in feminine form.

ESSENTIAL PENCIL SKIRT, $ 88.00

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A black pencil skirt is a must-have in every woman’s work (and play!) wardrobe. Serena has one for under $ 100.00 that has a hidden elastic waist and can be worn high waisted or at your natural waistline.

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A black pencil skirt is slimming, classic, and will pull together any outfit.

Weekend Cropped Sweatshirt ($ 60.00), Weekend Jogger ($ 70.00)

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We all need that outfit which is perfect for running errands and grabbing brunch with friends.

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Inspired by Juicy Couture back in the day, Williams’ gives us a gray and white jogger set with mesh detailing.

Beauties, what pieces are you most excited to try? Tell us in the comment section! You can shop the collection, here.

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Score one for Serena Williams’ husband.

Williams is set to return to tennis competition next month at the BNP Paribas Tournament, her first since giving birth to her daughter, Alexis Jr. So hubby Alexis Ohanian decided to mark the occasion by lining the path to Palm Springs, near the tournament venue, with four very sweet billboards.

Collectively, three of the billboards spell out “Greatest Momma of All Time,” while the last one says, “Serena Williams G.M.O.A.T. – Alexis Jr. + Sr.”

“These just went up on alongside I-10 into Palm Springs,” Ohanian wrote on his Instagram post. “@OlympiaOhanian & I wanted to welcome her back to tennis. Designed them myself, with some help from Jr. #GMOAT.” (That last bit is a reference to their incredibly adorable offspring, who has more than 273,000 followers on Instagram and isn’t even 7 months old yet.)

I’m a woman who can’t get enough of a romantic grand gesture, so as soon as I spied these photos on Ohanian’s Instagram account, I hit the road to take my own photos.

… And they turned out terrible, actually. (Head over here if you want to see the original Instagram photos, which are also pretty terrible.) Did you know it’s challenging to take photos of billboards? Especially during rush hour?

A billboard on the side of a road that has an adorable baby and says "Greatest."

A billboard on the side of a road that has an adorable baby and says "Momma."

A billboard on the side of a road that has an adorable baby and says "Of All Time."

A billboard on the side of a road that features Serena Williams and says "Greatest."

 

Billboards?! My husband didn’t even buy me flowers for our anniversary! But he did drive the car down the interstate while I hung out the window and tried to take photos of Serena Williams’ billboards. If that’s not love, then what is?

For the record, Serena Williams was very moved by her husband’s gesture.

“Literally am crying,” she posted in the comments on Instagram. “This is so sweet. I love you.”

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Alexis Ohanian Goes to Great Lengths to Cheer on Serena Williams With Four Emotional Billboards

Alexis Ohanian surprised his wife, Serena Williams, with four billboards outside Indian Wells, California.

It’s unclear whether Ohanian was inspired by the film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri or if he just wanted to make sure that Williams couldn’t miss the message on her way to the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, where she is scheduled to take part in the 2018 BNP Paribas Open. Either way, the billboards made a big splash. The billboard featured adorable photos of both Williams and the couple’s five-month-old daughter, Alexis Jr., alongside the acronym G.M.O.A.T. (Greatest Momma of All Time).

The billboards were the perfect way to welcome Williams back to tournament play next month, where she will return to the tennis circuit for the first time since giving birth to her daughter.

Ohanian couldn’t have picked a better venue for his grand display. Williams boycotted Indian Wells for 13 years following a racist incident in 2001. She ended her boycott in 2015, explaining her decision in an op-ed for TIME. Whether Williams wins or loses at Indian Wells, it’s clear that she has already won when it comes to having a supportive family.

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Serena Williams Pulls Out of Australian Open: ‘I Will Need a Little More Time’

(MELBOURNE) — Defending champion Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Australian Open, saying she is not ready to return to tournament tennis.

The season’s first major starts on Jan. 15 at Melbourne Park and seven-time Australian Open champion Williams will be missing it for the first time since 2011.

Williams was pregnant with her first child when she won here last year to collect her Open-era record 23rd Grand Slam singles title.

She gave birth to her daughter, Alexis, in September.

Williams played in an exhibition tournament last week in Abu Dhabi and indicated after her loss to French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko that she might not make it to Melbourne.

“After competing in Abu Dhabi I realized that although I am super close, I’m not where I personally want to be,” Williams said in a statement released Friday by Australian Open organizers.

“My coach and team always said ‘only go to tournaments when you are prepared to go all the way.’ I can compete – but I don’t want to just compete, I want to do far better than that and to do so, I will need a little more time.

“With that being said, and even though I am disappointed about it, I’ve decided not to compete in the Australian Open this year.”

The 36-year-old Williams needs one more Grand Slam singles title to equal the all-time record held by Margaret Court, who won 24 titles before and during the Open era.

Her withdrawal comes less than 24 hours after fellow former world No.1 Andy Murray withdrew from the men’s event with a chronic hip injury.

Several other stars, including top-ranked Rafael Nadal, six-time champion Novak Djokovic and 2014 winner Stan Wawrinka, also are dealing with injuries.

Williams last year beat sister Venus in the final, and later revealed she played the tournament despite knowing she was pregnant.

Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley said Williams waited as long as she could before letting organizers know she wouldn’t be able to compete.

“I’ve been in constant contact with Serena and her team and know this is why she has pushed it and pushed it until the 11th hour to make her final decision,” Tiley said.

 


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LeBron James, Serena Williams and Tom Brady Are Still Dominating Their Sports. Here’s What You Can Learn From Them

On December 30th, LeBron James will turn 33. But in NBA years, he may as well be 61 and downing Geritol daily. Still, James is in his 15th season of pro basketball. He’s never played in less than 84% of his team’s regular season games. He’s twice led the NBA in minutes played, and tops the league in total minutes so far this season. And while many of his colleagues are resting on a golf course or hammock in May and June, James is making deep playoff runs. His teams have made seven straight appearances in the NBA Finals. Did we mention the three summer breaks he’s given up to play in the Olympics?

Receding hairline and all, LeBron’s getting up there. His body should be breaking down. James has already played more combined regular season and playoff minutes (51,558) than Michael Jordan (48,485) — and Jordan took two sabbaticals from basketball, totaling around four-and-a-half seasons, before retiring for good at age 40 after the 2002-2003 season. But James might be better than ever. This season he’s averaging career highs in field goal percentage, three-point field goal percentage, free throw percentage, and assists. He’s scoring 28.4 points per game — his highest average since the 2009-2010 season, his last in Cleveland before leaving for Miami as a free agent. He won the MVP award that year.

During the past 12 months, sports has seen its share of thrilling moments. The Houston Astros, for example, winning a wild seven-game World Series after losing 111 games just four short years ago. Or Clemson rallying from a 10-point deficit against Alabama to win the national title game on a DeShaun Watson touchdown pass in the final seconds. Or Mississippi State ending Connecticut’s 111-game winning streak on a Morgan William buzzer beater at the women’s Final Four.

Still, no 2017 storyline was more satisfying to millions of sports fans around the globe than the astounding performances of aging athletic icons. Besides James, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady — at age 39 — rallied his team from a 28-3 deficit in Super Bowl LI to a 34-28 overtime victory. At age 40, his Pats are in position to secure home field advantage in the AFC playoffs and make their 8th Super Bowl appearance of the Brady era. In tennis, Roger Federer, now 36, won two more major titles: he became the oldest man to win Wimbledon in the Open era, and also clinched a fifth career Australian Open championship. Federer’s longtime rival, Rafael Nadal, now 31, often injured and written off as a fading superstar, won the other two Slams of 2017, the French and U.S. Opens.

Serena Williams not only won an Australian Open championship at 35 — breaking Steffi Graf’s Open Era record for most Grand Slam singles titles in the process — she did so while eight weeks pregnant. Her opponent in that Aussie final? Sister Venus Williams, now 37, who in 2017 also reached the Wimbledon finals, and the semifinals of the U.S. Open, during a revival year that saw her climb all the way to No. 5 in the world rankings.

What can the rest of us learn from these masterful aging athletes? James, for one, takes maniacal care of his body. He’s fond of posting workout pictures and videos on social media: Stephen Curry delightfully mocked this habit this summer at the wedding of Dallas Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes. He takes frequent ice baths and wears compression tights to help flush out lactic acids, and wears leg boots that help his blood flow.

If you don’t have time to prep Arctic baths or $ 1,750 for hi-tech boots, you can always eat like Brady. The Pats QB credits his diet for helping his career longevity. It involves a lot of quinoa, dandelion greens, and avocado ice cream. (I’ll just save up for LeBron’s boots, thank you.)

Federer shows the power of a recharge. He shut down his 2016 season in July following knee surgery, skipping the Olympics and the U.S. Open to focus on his recovery. Federer said the mental rest worked just as many wonders as the physical break. He hiked with his family in the mountains and scheduled spontaneous lunches with old friends. “That gave me a lot of power for this year,” Federer told me after his Australian Open victory. “I said I have to come out of this six months rejuvenated. Fresh. Hungry. Ready to go. We were able to achieve that.”

The Williams sisters show how diverse passions can help you perform, long past what are supposed to be your prime years. They’ve long been interested in fashion, for example. Serena hosts shows at Fashion Week in New York, while Venus has her own clothing line, EleVen. A decade or so ago, the sisters were criticized for their outside interests. People questioned their dedication to tennis. Few would have bet that they’d still be excelling ten years later, well into their thirties. But because they didn’t burn out — tennis has a notoriously high churn rate — here they are.

As for Serena winning a major championship while pregnant, that’s just ridiculous. “She won a grand slam pregnant,” tweeted supermodel Brooklyn Decker, who’s married to ex-U.S. tennis star Andy Roddick. “I needed Andy to dress me, carry me, and delicately place me on the toilet when I was four weeks pregnant.”

This elderly emergence could bode well for 2018. There’s room for one more band member on the aging athletic rock star tour.

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Serena Williams is crowdsourcing motherhood advice from Instagram

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Serena Williams welcomed her beautiful daughter Alexis Olympia earlier this year, and she’s been Instagramming up a storm of adorable photos of her. But that doesn’t mean first-time motherhood is a piece of cake for Williams.

The tennis champ took to Instagram on Sunday to talk about one of the things that stresses her out the most about being a mum to Alexis Olympia, and she’s asking for help.

‘Teething—aka the devil—is so hard,’ she wrote. ‘Poor Alexis Olympia has been so uncomfortable. She cried so much (she never cries) I had to hold her until she fell asleep. I’ve tried amber beads… cold towels…. chew on mummies fingers…. homeopathic water (lol on that one) but nothing is working. It’s breaking my heart. I almost need my mum to come and hold me to sleep cause I’m so stressed. Help? Anyone??’

Thankfully, many Instagram users are heeding her call, offering soothing words and advice to Williams in the comments section.

‘Teething is always hard on baby and Mum. The best thing to do is use a teething ring. Put it in freezer and let it get cold, then let her chew on it. Refreeze after it get warm and use baby Tylenol. Be patient, it’s a process, but Alexis will be fine in time. Welcome to motherhood,’ one user wrote.

‘If all else fails try baby orajel to rub on her gums,’ another said. ‘It will get better once this phase is over.’

We wish both Serena and baby Alexis the best of luck with this tough phase.

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Bling Bling! Serena Williams Shows Off Baby Alexis — And Her Massive Wedding Ring [Photo]

Serena Williams took to social media to share another cute photo of her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. — but it’s that massive bling that’s capturing everyone’s attention.

We’re not sure if it was intentional or an accidental slip, but Serena gave everyone their first glimpse of her gorgeous wedding band.

She captioned the photo: “Daddy knows how much I love leopard print.”

So cute!

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We’re finally getting a peek inside Serena Williams‘ fairytale wedding, and it  is lovely!

Serena and her man Alexis Ohanian have finally tied the knot, and their wedding was nothing less than magical.

The couple had an unplugged wedding to prevent any social media leaks, but Vogue has been kind enough to share these shots from the wedding and reception!

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[GALLERY] Serena Williams’ Fairytale Wedding Photos Are Breathtaking

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A wedding fit for a princess! Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian are officially husband and wife and photos of their star-studded wedding will take your breath away.

Tennis champ Serena Williams tied the knot with Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian Thursday in an intimate New Orleans ceremony. The new wife and mom of daughter Alexis Ohanian Jr. had a gorgeous “Beauty and the Beast” wedding theme, and asked for guests to “dress the part,” for the occasion. How fun! The couple’s guest list included the likes of Beyoncé; La La Anthony; Ciara; Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour; Nicole Ari Parker and Boris Kodjoe, Eva Longoria, Caroline Wozniacki, Kelly Rowland; Beyoncé’s mother, Tina Lawson and husband Richard Lawson; model Selita Ebanks; Kim Kardashian and others. New Edition performed at the reception.

As previously reported, guests were banned from snapping photos on social media; Williams is providing wedding photos exclusively to Vogue. However, the couple, friends and fans were sure to take to social media to share a few photos from the wedding once the publication post the exclusive photo recap. Check out some amazing pics below and even more in the gallery above!

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Serena Williams And Alexis Ohanian Welcome Baby Girl

Serena Williams can now add another accomplishment to her sterling resume: she’s a mother. The tennis champion and her fiancee, Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian are now the proud parents of a baby girl, something Ohanian predicted on the Jimmy Kimmel Show.


Although multiple reports have said the baby is a 6 pound, 13 inch girl, neither Serena nor Ohanian have officially confirmed, not even via Reddit, which has been called the front page of the Internet. However, we can probably believe Beyoncè who congratulated Serena via Instagram.

And of course, there is Serena’s own sister, Venus, currently holding down the family career at the U.S. Open. People.com reports that she was asked about Serena minutes before stepping onto the court for her match tonight.

“Obviously I’m super excited. Words can’t describe,” Venus told ESPN.

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One of Serena’s last pics before she delivered her daughter:

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And at her star-studded themed baby shower:

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Serena Williams can now add another accomplishment to her sterling resume: she’s a mother. The tennis champion and her fiancee, Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian are now the proud parents of a baby girl, something Ohanian predicted on the Jimmy Kimmel Show.


Although multiple reports have said the baby is a 6 pound, 13 inch girl, neither Serena nor Ohanian have officially confirmed, not even via Reddit, which has been called the front page of the Internet. However, we can probably believe Beyoncè who congratulated Serena via Instagram.

And of course, there is Serena’s own sister, Venus, currently holding down the family career at the U.S. Open. People.com reports that she was asked about Serena minutes before stepping onto the court for her match tonight.

“Obviously I’m super excited. Words can’t describe,” Venus told ESPN.

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One of Serena’s last pics before she delivered her daughter:

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And at her star-studded themed baby shower:

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Congrats to Alexis and Serena!

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Serena Williams Gives Birth: Tennis Star & Fiancé Alexis Ohanian Welcome 1st Child

Serena Williams is officially a mom! The pro athlete gave birth to a beautiful baby on Sept. 1, and we can only imagine how thrilled she & her fiancé, Alexis Ohanian, must be. Find out everything we know about their newborn here!


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Serena Williams Invests in Superfood Startup Daily Harvest

For Serena Williams, boss moves are habitual, both on and off the tennis court.Williams—along with Gwyneth Paltrow and other investors—has joined the first round of financing for Daily Harvest.

 

Williams with competitors at the 2014 WTA Finals. (Image: wikimedia)

 

According to Daily Harvest’s press release, this New York-based startup ships superfood-based produce via “frozen, single-serving, organic smoothies, soups, overnight oats, and chia puddings made with farm-frozen ingredients” right to your doorstep.

Williams is no stranger to the world of investing, most recently joining the board for tech company Survey Monkey.  She’s also been an investor for the UFC sports league, and bought a stake in the NFL football team, the Miami Dolphins, with sister Venus back in 2009.

According to the press release for Daily Harvest:

“Serena and Gwyneth immediately understood our mission to provide convenient foods without nutritional compromise, and their passion for what we are building will make them instrumental members of our investment team,” said Rachel Drori, founder and CEO of Daily Harvest. “As we continue to grow the Daily Harvest brand, partnering with like-minded investors furthers our mission to redefine the frozen food category. We’re excited to educate and inspire Americans across the country to incorporate healthier foods into their busy lives.”

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“I invest in businesses that operate with sincerity and integrity, and deliver a pure and uncompromised product,” said Williams. “Daily Harvest reflects this strategy through both the team of employees and investors Rachel has developed, as well as delicious, healthy, and convenient food. I’m excited about Daily Harvest’s future as a female-led business, and I look forward to helping more people gain access to nutritious meals.”

 

To read the rest of the Daily Harvest press release, click here. To visit the Daily Harvest website, click here.

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Serena Williams: Giving Birth Will Make Her A ‘Real Woman’

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Serena Williams may be everyone’s favorite tennis star on the court, but some recent remarks has a few folks looking at the pro athlete with the side eye.

During an interview with Stellar Magazine, Williams, who is due to give birth some time in the fall, shared her thoughts on becoming a mother for the first time.

“I have so much respect for so many women [for giving birth],” Williams told the mag. “I am about to be a real woman now, you know? It’s going to be something incredibly impressive to go through.”

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In case you were wondering, yes, Serena Williams is going to work out until the very last minute of her pregnancy. In June, she shared video of herself knocking around some balls on the tennis court. This week, Williams, who is 35 weeks pregnant, ditched the courts for the gym. Footage was shared of the […]

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Serena Williams believes black women have the power to close the gender pay gap by speaking up. In Fortune, the tennis star discussed the findings of her research partnership with SurveyMonkey about Americans'

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Serena Williams Says Sleep is Her Secret Weapon

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For most aspiring women, there’s a time to be young, there’s a time to grow your career, and then there’s a time for motherhood. For Serena Williams, quality sleep is key if you want to meet or exceed all the expectations that come with being a female role model, as well as, being a first-time mom. The 23-time Grand Slam tennis champion is currently raising awareness about the power of rest in the new “Tempur-Pedic Sleep Is Power” campaign, her first major endorsement since announcing her pregnancy last month.

In April, the 35-year-old revealed on Snapchat that she’s pregnant by accidentally revealing her baby bump. On Mother’s Day weekend, Williams showcased an even bigger bump halfway through her pregnancy on her Instagram account.

So how does she keep her batteries charged given all the new demands on her time? “I require consistent, restful sleep in order to be at my best,” said Williams through a spokesperson. She also reveals that she’s been a Tempur-Pedic owner for a decade, which helps her power up for a rigorous training regimen. On average, Americans get 6.8 hours of sleep per night, short of the seven to nine hours that people need, according to the National Sleep Foundation.

Many folks just assume that the demands of being an athlete are too much for a new parent. But that seems more myth than fact. A 2017 study by Tend Lab finds that moms and dads actually outperform non-parents. Secondly, Williams is known for her positive attitude on and off the court, and that should translate well in her effort to become the best tennis player of all time. A 2010 study by British economists finds that happy people tend to work harder than others.

Williams has said that she plans to return to the sport in late 2017 with an eye toward winning a record 25 Grand Slam titles and beyond.

It’s not unprecedented for mothers to conquer the tennis world. Australia’s Margaret Court won three of her record 24 Grand Slam championships after giving birth in 1972. Belgium’s Kim Clijsters won the US Open in 2009 and 2011 after having her first baby in 2008. But Clijsters has said that it’s much tougher to win a Grand Slam after childbirth because of all the changes a woman’s body goes through that makes it tougher to move laterally on the tennis court. And Clijsters was 26 when she returned while Williams will be 36.

Williams is engaged to Reddit’s Alexis Ohanian and their baby is due in late summer to early fall. It’s safe to say that all eyes of the sports world will be upon her to see if she can make tennis history.

It was also just announced that Williams has joined the board of SurveyMonkey—a startup that offers a platform for creating online surveys.




 

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Serena Williams’ Magical Bridal Shower Celebrated The Queen She Is

Serena Williams was showered with love by family and friends to celebrate her upcoming nuptials to Reddit’s Alexis Ohanian. 

People magazine reported that Williams celebrated at South Beach’s 1 Hotel in Miami surrounded by 20 loved ones, including her three sisters and mom. They did yoga and meditated, got foot rubs and hung out by the luxury hotel’s pool. 

“The shower really reflected Serena’s girlie and detail-oriented personality,” her friend and L.A. event planner Val Vogt of VLV Group told the publication. “There were lots of surprises for her throughout the weekend.” 

People shared exclusive photos on Instagram on Thursday, including one of Serena with Venus. 

The tennis superstar and Ohanian announced their engagement in December. In April, she announced she was pregnant with their first child with an accidental Snapchat post. She found out she was expecting two days before the Australian Open ― which she won. 

“I was nervous. I wasn’t quite sure what to think, but I knew that at that moment, it was really important for me to just focus,” she said during a TED conference. 

Williams also took some time to visit Disney’s Pandora: World of Avatar in Orlando, Florida. She shared a photo of her dressed in Avatar garb, looking like she had a blast. 

Had the best time at Disney, Pandora was unreal!!#visitpandora

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So much to celebrate!

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Pregnant Serena Williams Channels Her Inner Na’vi Warrior at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Serena Williams certainly knows how to get into the Disney spirit!

The tennis superstar and mother-to-be dressed her baby bump in cute denim overalls on Tuesday for a special sneak peek at Pandora ­- The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

“Had the best time at Disney, Pandora was unreal!! #visitpandora,” Williams, 35, captioned a photo of herself standing before the floating mountains.

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Williams and fiancé Alexis Ohanian, 34, will welcome their first child this fall, her rep confirmed to PEOPLE last month following an accidental post the athlete made on Snapchat before quickly deleting.

The 12-acre World of Avatar, which is based on director James Cameron’s 2009 blockbuster, opens May 27 and features two new attractions: Avatar Flight of Passage, a thrill ride through the mystical world’s jungles and floating mountains, and the family-friendly Na’vi River Journey, in which guests will sail through a glowing rainforest.


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Serena Williams Covers Vogue (Again) And We Couldn’t Be Happier

Just when we thought we couldn’t love Vogue anymore, they go and put Serena Williams on their cover for the second time.

The athlete is on the April issue, which was shot by legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz. In the image, we see Williams in a navy blue Rag & Bone sheath dress, natural makeup and, of course, her gorgeous curly hair.

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The full article, which appears on Vogue.com, talks about Williams’ friendship with tennis champion (and competitor) Caroline Wozniacki, her plans to expand her interest in fashion beyond her current clothing line on the Home Shopping Network and how she used to hate her toned arms.

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Read the full article on Vogue.com and be sure to pick up your copy of the glossy on newsstands March 25th.
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Serena Williams Crashes Wedding In A Leopard Swimsuit

Serena Williams deserves a gold medal because she managed to pull off one of the greatest celebrity wedding crashes ever.

Williams hit the beach with fellow tennis star Caroline Wozniacki in Miami, Florida, on Saturday, May 31, according to USA Today. While hanging out, the two stumbled upon a beachside wedding and Williams not only crashed the nuptials, but she did it while wearing a leopard-print swimsuit.

Guests were taking photos of the 32-year-old, and the happy couple seemed to be thrilled to have her there.

“Wedding crasher!! Congrats!” she wrote alongside an Instagram photo with the smiling bride and groom.

“Bikini wedding crasher!” she captioned another shot.

Check out more photos of Williams at the wedding below.

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