When Serena Williams’ name is mentioned, admiration is sure to follow. She is arguably the greatest tennis player in the history of the sport. The 34-year-old runs women’s tennis, and ruthlessly with spare moments of comedy, commitment and lots of charisma.
The talented player has a lot of her plate, and with that comes the latest September issue of SELF Magazine, where she opens up about the challenges she’s overcome to get to the top and what it takes to stay number one.
“I am who I am. I love who I am,” Serena Williams says. “Just that whole attitude of being strong and powerful—that’s something I can get behind.”
Williams isn’t afraid to get real on a deeper level. Having suffered a life-threatening pulmonary embolism back in 2011, at age 29, she says that “all this is a bonus.” At times, she’s looked downright immortal mid-shot, but talking about her brush with death, she briefly looks to the sky. “I’m happy to even be alive right now,” she says.
Read more about to interview here, and be sure to grab your SELF Magazine copy on August 9th, when the issue hits stands nationwide.