Serena Williams planning 'outrageous' 2018 Australian Open comeback after giving birth

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All being well, she plans to return to the tour in January and defend her title in Australia.

Serena Williams may be close to being a first-time mother, but that isn't stopping her from making plans to win more Grand Slams.

In an interview with Vogue, the 35-year-old said she believes people think she's "really tough and really mean and really street". "I was playing in 100-degree weather, and that baby never gave me any trouble. I'm not walking anything back, but I'm just saying it's pretty intense", Sport24 quoted the 36-year-old as saying.

Ever since top tennis player and icon of female empowerment, Serena Williams, revealed her pregnancy via social media app Snapchat, the world has been eagerly awaiting updates from the sportswoman as to how she's getting on.

Williams is one grand slam shy of Australian Margaret Court's long-standing record of 24 major titles.

'Obviously, if I have a chance to go out there and catch up with Margaret, I am not going to pass that up.

SERENA WILLIAMS is convinced her first child with fiancé Alexis Ohanian will be a girl.

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Kim Clijsters retired abruptly at 23, having won the 2005 US Open, but the Belgian was even better after a 28-month lay-off that included the birth of her daughter, winning once more at Flushing Meadows as an unseeded wild card in only her third tournament back.

On being perceived as "mean": 'I feel like people think I'm mean. "You may shoot me with your words.you may kill me with your hatefulness, but still, like air, I'll rise". "I always ask, 'Am I going to be good enough?'".

Serena Williams admitted that her need to be extra nice to people is associated with her colour, "That's the society we live in". "I encourage women to find someone you can trust and talk about it-inevitably they'll bring up similar examples from their own lives", she says.

"As I've gotten older I've started to feel differently about it. Power is beauty". If she comes out in January and struggles, perhaps we may see the end of her storybook career.

These concerns about motherhood are actually incredibly common, Catherine Birndorf, M.D., founder of The Motherhood Center in New York City and co-author of the upcoming book Mother Mind: The Emotional Guide to Pregnancy and Postpartum, tells SELF.

Williams said she's still mentally preparing herself to have a child.

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