Serena Williams Talks Babies, Black Girl Magic, And Playing Her Best Tennis In Her 30s In Glamour

June 8, 2016  |  

Serena Williams on the cover of a magazine probably isn’t big news to you, as she has been on the cover of just about everything over the last few years. But this is her first time covering Glamour‘s inaugural “Women Are Strong As Hell” issue. And not only does she look fabulous, but she also has a pretty good interview with Melissa Harris-Perry inside the new issue. Williams talks about loathing losing, the personal stake Black women have in her success, if Drake had anything to do with her U.S. Open loss as folks on Twitter tried to say, her plans for kids, and why she’s only getting better in her 30s on the tennis court. Check out the highlights from that chat:

On Being “The Original Black-Girl Magic” And Having So Many People Counting On Her To Win

That’s something. I meet people who say, “Girl, I watch every match, and I pray for you.” I feel that energy and those prayers. Sometimes when I’m down on the court, in the back of my mind, I’m thinking, “They want me to win. Is there anything else I can give?” It encourages me to do better, to fight harder.

How She Deals With Loss

No one takes a loss harder than I do. In any sport. I hate losing more than I like winning…I work harder. I study to see where I went wrong. But I carry the loss. My coach has said to me, “When you win a match or a tournament, you don’t even think about it—the very next minute you’re like, ‘Now I’ve got to focus on Wimbledon.’ You should take the losses the same way.” I need to look at those losses as learning experiences.

On Twitter Blaming Her Then-Relationship With Drake For Her U.S. Open Loss

I don’t think that was fair. I’m the one who’s playing, who’s making mistakes or making winners. I’m not one to blame anyone else for anything. And I don’t think anyone else should either. I played a really good opponent that day. And I wasn’t at my best.

Where She Stands On Motherhood

I definitely want to have kids one day. That’s something I’ve always wanted since as long as I could remember. And the older I get, the more I’m like, “I’m too young!” [Laughs.]

I was just joking with Venus about this yesterday and saying, “I’m far too young!” Hopefully I’ll be able to mature one of these days, get serious, and at least have them pretty fast.

Debunking The Idea That Athletes In Their 30s Should Rap It Up

Who says that your thirties is when you’re supposed to be done? I would like to know who made that rule! I was talking to my mom one time, like, “Gosh, I’m 30.” And she’s like, “In your thirties you’re even stronger than in your twenties.” I didn’t believe her, but I have played better in my thirties. And I played pretty well in my twenties, don’t get me wrong! But my consistency is better, my momentum is better, my wins are quicker.

The Legacy She Wants To Leave Behind In Her Hometown Of Compton

I never left my roots. You can identify me as someone that didn’t become high and mighty. Humility is a defining [trait] all of us can forever learn, and I try to be as humble as anyone can be.

Check out the interview in its entirety, here, and share your thoughts.

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