Serena Williams Juggles Motherhood, Fashion While Chasing History

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“Then it all went downhill. It all went downhill after that for a good five days. But I’m here and I’m going to be reflecting on my opponent more than anything.”

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‘Heart literally aches’

Now Williams feels sadness at leaving her baby for the tennis court.

“In the beginning she would really be upset when I left. And now she’s a little bit better. I think I’m a little more upset,” Williams said.

“It’s hard. Sometimes my heart literally aches when I’m not around her. But it’s good for me, I guess, to keep working — and just to all moms out there that it’s not easy. It’s really kind of painful sometimes. Sometimes you just have to do what you have to do.”

This week, that means work matches around New York Fashion Week plans for her clothing brand.

“I’m obviously super hands-on,” she said. “Right now I’m actually working on the order I want the outfits to go down (the runway), which is shocking. Last night I was making notes on alterations on the fit model.

“I’m like, ‘OK Serena, make sure you stay focused on your tennis.’ But also, I do want to have a successful brand.”

“I’m definitely dedicated to tennis, but I’m definitely going to go home and I have a huge board where I’m going to lay out the order of the show.”

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Highlights

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