Serena Williams has earned herself some chillax time. The tennis superstar has 23 major singles titles and a former world no.1 status under her belt, and that’s without her 2-year-old daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian, Jr., plus her popular Serena clothing line to manage.
Serena updated her Instagram stories over the weekend with a little selfie time as she soaked up the sun outdoors. The star was makeup-free, happy to talk about relaxing, and looking positively glowing as she caught some rays.
Serena’s stories showed her lying back and in full sunlight. The 38-year-old had filmed herself close up, wearing a white-gray Nike tank with black lettering, plus a rather unusual accessory – a shower cap-like hat in floral red, white, and green was covering Serena’s head, with the sister to Venus Williams explaining what was going on.
“I just did a hair treatment,” she said while lifting up the cap slightly.
“Uh, no face treatment tonight, but it’s good to take a day off…sometimes” she concluded with a whisper, also delivering a beautiful smile via a cosmetics-free face.
Serena’s video comes shortly after she made headlines for getting honest about her life – particularly, all the things she has to juggle.
Friday saw Williams post a photo of herself and her infant daughter in a vehicle, with the caption reminding fans that life isn’t easy for her.
“I am not sure who took this picture but Working and being a mom is not easy. I am often exhausted, stressed, and then I go play a professional tennis match. We keep going. I am so proud and inspired by the women who do it day in and day out. I’m proud to be this baby’s mama @olympiaohanian. #nofilter #nomakeup #nohairbursh lol #justme,” she wrote.
2018 saw Serena profiled by Vogue, with the feature seeing Serena admit that she was eyeing up 25 Grand Slams. At the time, Serena was a 36 years old and a new mother, but even then, she felt that motherhood might actually help her achieve her goals.
“And actually, I think having a baby might help. When I’m too anxious I lose matches, and I feel like a lot of that anxiety disappeared when Olympia was born,” she said, adding:
“Knowing I’ve got this beautiful baby to go home to makes me feel like I don’t have to play another match. I don’t need the money or the titles or the prestige. I want them, but I don’t need them. That’s a different feeling for me.”
Serena’s birth story wasn’t an easy one. The star delivered her daughter via C-Section, but the wound tore open following coughing (from a pulmonary embolism), with Serena winding up back in surgery as a large hematoma bled inside her abdomen. Serena eventually recovered from her compromised state to return to the court for the Wimbledon 2018 Ladies’ Singles Final.
Serena spoke after the tournament, dedicating her success to other moms.
“To all the moms out there I was playing for you today and I tried but Angelique played really well. I look forward to continuing to being back out here and doing what I do best,” she wrote.