35-year-old Tennis star, Serena Williams, who is also pregnant with her first baby stripped down for Vanity Fair in a very risque shoot by longtime collaborator Annie Leibovitz, who first shot Williams, alongside her sister Venus, when she was 16 years old.
Serena also talked about how surprise she was to find out that she’s pregnant, barely a week before the beginning of the Australian Open in January this year, in a telling interview with contributing editor Buzz Bissinger.
According to her, she relented and allowed her friend Jessica Steindorff, who suspected it was not merely her hormones acting up, buy her a pregnancy kit.
‘I’ll take it just because (a) to prove you wrong and (b) because it’s fun, whatever. It’s like a joke. Why not?’
After taking the test, she forgot about it, thinking it impossible that it could be positive. When she finally checked the results, she says she ‘did a double take and my heart dropped. Like literally it dropped.’
Her first thought:
‘Oh my God, this can’t be—I’ve got to play a tournament. How am I going to play the Australian Open? I had planned on winning Wimbledon (her third straight) this year.’
To further convince her of the reality, Jessica purchased five more test kits; all proved positive. After discovering she was pregnant, Serena called her boyfriend Ohanian and, without providing a reason, told him to fly to Melbourne earlier than previously planned.