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Pregnancy has given me a 'new power', says Serena Williams

The former world number admitted that she has set her sights on title defence in Melbourne next year in January.

Edited by: India TV Sports Desk, New Delhi [Updated:16 Aug 2017, 6:38 PM IST]
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Serena Williams of the United States speaks to the media during a press meetPhoto:GETTY IMAGES

Former world number one Serena Williams, who is expecting her first child next month, has revealed that she has set her set herself a goal of making a comeback to the tennis world at the Australian Open which starts next year in January. Speaking in a wide-ranging interview with Vogue, the 23-time Grand Slam winner admitted that she has been feeling a "new power" from her pregnancy while adding that she has set her sights on title defence in Melbourne.

"It's the most outrageous plan. I just want to put that out there. That's, like, three months after I give birth. I'm not walking anything back, but I'm just saying it's pretty intense," Sport24 quoted the 36-year-old as saying.

Williams revealed that she had been thoroughly following tennis during her ongoing pregnancy layoff, including her elder sister Venus Williams' route to the Wimbledon finals.

She asserted that she is also bidding to equal Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 Grand Slam titles.

"Obviously, if I have a chance to go out there and catch up with Margaret, I am not going to pass that up. If anything, this pregnancy has given me a new power," she said.

Williams went past Steffi Graff's record of 22 major titles after winning the Australian Open in January at Melbourne Park. She had earlier expressed her strong desire to make a return to tennis next year.

 

The tennis star, who accidentally revealed her pregnancy in April when she posted a picture of herself on Snapchat captioned "20 weeks, is due to give birth during the US Open beginning August 28.

(With Agency Inputs)