Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Thursday 05 August |
The Commemoration of the Dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary Major
home iconFor Her
line break icon

Serena Williams wants to teach her daughter a lesson she was late to learn


Serenawilliams - Instagram

Adriana Bello - published on 03/12/18

When the values of sports and motherhood unite!

Having a child is an experience that would change anyone’s life, whether you’re a famous tennis player, a housewife, or an engineer. Serena Williams is a woman who has had her ups and downs in the sport and in her personal life. After all, she has been a professional athlete for more than 20 years, and has also been a victim of constant criticism and mockery, both for her game and for her muscular body.

But with her first daughter in her arms and with her return to the tennis courts this month, Serena recently told Vogue that she prefers to take all these lessons from her different experiences and help her firstborn daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian, to become a woman who is more secure in herself.

Serena Williams
Serena Williams | Instagram | Fair Use

The lesson she wants to teach her daughter is: “Don’t limit yourself.”


Read more:
Serena Williams’ near-death experience after childbirth is frightening … but inspiring

Why is this so important to her? Williams recalls that years ago, her goal was to earn 18 Grand Slam titles so that she could match the records set by tennis legends Christine Evert and Martina Navratilova, and when she was very close to achieving it, the stress and pressure that she had put on herself started to hurt her performance.


So her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, told her, “Serena, this doesn’t make sense. You’re so stressed about 18. Why not 30? Why not 40?”

The tennis player felt at that moment that a light bulb went off in her mind: “Why would I want to stand side by side when I can stand out on my own? I think sometimes women limit themselves. I’m not sure why we think that way, but I know that we’re sometimes taught to not dream as big as men, not to believe we can be a president or a CEO, when in the same household, a male child is told he can be anything he wants. I’m so glad I had a daughter. I want to teach her that there are no limits when she wants something with all her heart and fights for it.”

Serenawilliams - Instagram

Serena currently has 23 individual Grand Slam titles. She would like to win two more to overcome the record set by the Australian Margaret Court, but she says her new role as a wife and mother has changed her priorities. “I don’t need the money or the titles or the prestige. I want them, but I don’t need them.”

Serena Williams

Read more:
Serena Williams’ career decision makes an important statement about motherhood

This article was originally published in the Spanish edition of Aleteia and has been translated and/or adapted here for English speaking readers.

Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...

Top 10
Saint Mary of the Angels
Bret Thoman, OFS
All your sins will be forgiven if you go to a Franciscan church o...
Philip Kosloski
Most priests can’t absolve these sins
Ignacio María Doñoro
Francisco Veneto
The military chaplain who pretended to be a criminal to rescue a ...
Violeta Tejera
Carlo Acutis’ first stained glass window in jeans and sneak...
Zelda Caldwell
World-record winning gymnast Simone Biles leans on her Catholic f...
Cerith Gardiner
Nightbirde’s beautiful message as she drops out of TV show
Gianmarco Tamberi AND Mutaz Essa Barshim
Cerith Gardiner
This Olympic event captures the true meaning of the Games
See More
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.