(ANNIE LEIBOVITZ EXCLUSIVELY FOR VANITY FAIR) – Serena Williams was completely taken aback by her pregnancy, taking six home tests before believing she was expecting her first child, the tennis superstar told Vanity Fair magazine.
Williams, who poses nude on the cover of the magazine for its August issue, said she still had not come to terms with the prospect of being a mother, and said she plans to be back on court in January.
The No. 1 ranked tennis player, who is engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, was interviewed in May when she was six months pregnant and said she had made no preparations for the coming baby.
The cover shot comes as Williams has asked John McEnroe for “respect” after the seven-times grand slam champion said his fellow American would be ranked “like 700 in the world” if she had to play on the men’s circuit.
In an interview with National Public Radio on Sunday (June 25), McEnroe said 23-times grand slam champion Williams was “the best female player ever” but declined to label her the best overall.