By Scott Chiusano
New York Daily News
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Serena Williams is inspiring mothers and fathers worldwide to share their stories of juggling parenthood with a career. It is something Williams has been struggling with since the birth of her baby Olympia.
New York Daily News
Serena Williams’ New Years’ resolution is all about being a working mom. And she’s dedicating 2019 to all the other moms and dads out there working hard while raising children.
The tennis great posted a heartfelt message to Instagram Monday appreciating the grueling effort it takes to be a parent while maintaining a career.
“As I head into next year it’s not about what we can do it’s what we MUST do as working moms and working dads. Anything is possible,” she wrote.
Williams included a tender photo of her holding her daughter, Olympia, while she prepared to train for a match. Her daughter’s head is nestled in Williams’ neck in one photo, and in another she cradles Olympia while stretching.
“I am getting ready for the first match of the year and my dear sweet baby @olympiaohanian was tired and sad and simply needed mama’s love. So if it means warming up and stretching while holding my baby that’s what #thismama will do,” Williams wrote.
“My fellow moms and dads working- or stay home it’s equally as intense- but you inspire me. Hearing your stories makes me know I can do this. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. This year is to you!”
After giving birth to Olympia, Williams was outspoken about the complications of her pregnancy and the emergency C-section she underwent, and she chronicled her pregnancy in the HBO series “Being Serena.” When she returned to competition after the pregnancy, her husband, Alexis Ohanian, commissioned billboards that called her the “G.M.O.A.T,” also known as the Greatest Momma of All Time.
Williams has also fought for equal rights for women in tennis, calling out an umpire for sexism after he disqualified her from a U.S. Open match after she called him a thief.
“I just feel like the fact that I have to go through this is just an example for the next person that has emotions and that want to express themselves and want to be a strong woman. They’re going to be allowed to do that because of today. Maybe it didn’t work out for me, but it’s going to work out for the next person,” she said at the time.
On Tuesday, Williams will face off against Roger Federer for the first time ever in a mixed doubles tournament in Australia, two of the greatest tennis players ever going at one another.
Federer is looking forward to attempting to return one of Williams’ legendary serves.
“I admire everything she has done both on and off the court,” Federer said. “I have always thought how is it to return that serve and go head-to-head with her.”