40-year-old Serena Williams rose through the tennis ranks with grit and determination. Sheer dedication earned her 39 grand slam titles across all categories. Her fierce dominance over the sport has earned her numerous accolades and rewards. Her total prize money is double that of her closest counterparts and is one of the highest-paid female sportspeople in the world. In the last few years, Serena has ventured into the business world, having started her own clothing label, etc. She is also known for being a keen investor. Recently, she was seen in an interview with Forbes.
In the interview, the former world no. 1 was asked about a number of topics, including what did she consider the biggest challenge of her life. Williams, who has suffered racial prejudice and abuse for decades, answered that the post-pregnancy phase and return were most difficult for her.
In September of 2017, Serena Williams gave birth to daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. However, she experienced a pulmonary embolism that nearly killed her, and had to be operated upon immediately.
“I’ve had a lot of challenges” – Serena Williams
During the interview with Forbes, the interviewer posed an audience question to Serena Williams: What was the biggest challenge you’ve ever overcome? To this, Serena replied “The biggest challenge I’ve ever faced? Wow. I’ve had a lot of challenges, you know. I feel like there is some challenge that is presented to you, and you are meant to fail it, but you have to overcome it, and you can’t let any challenge, you know, be too much for you. Um, I had so many challenges, I can’t even begin to tell you. But just the whole pregnancy was a whole challenge for me. Just to come back and play after that was like… I didn’t realize it was a challenge until looking back a year ago, and I was like ‘I probably shouldn’t have been playing. But I did it, and it was a hit [audience chime in] yeah! And it was an incredible challenge”
She further added “I think we all are faced with challenges every single day, but it’s just how you look at them. I was reading something on Instagram earlier today and it really was kind of motivating. It was like ‘Is that the best you have become I can take way more.”