Serena Williams: ‘If I were a guy, I’d be playing while my wife was doing physical labor of expanding our family. Maybe I’d be Tom Brady’

SERENA WILLIAMS opened up on the struggle of being a mom trying to balance professional sport and family.

The 40-year-old announced she will retire from tennis after one more run at US Open glory.

Serena Williams with her daughter Alexis Olympia


Serena Williams with her daughter Alexis OlympiaCredit: AP

Serena said ‘something has to give’ as she turns 41 next month.

She has a four-year-old daughter but wants to expand her family.

And the 23-time grand slam winner revealed the struggle of being a woman in pro sports in her advancing years.

She referenced Bucs quarterback Tom Brady, who is set to play his 23rd NFL season at the age of 45.

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Writing in Vogue, Serena said: “Believe me, I never wanted to have to choose between tennis and a family. I don’t think it’s fair.

“If I were a guy, I wouldn’t be writing this because I’d be out there playing and winning while my wife was doing the physical labor of expanding our family.

“Maybe I’d be more of a Tom Brady if I had that opportunity.

“Don’t get me wrong: I love being a woman, and I loved every second of being pregnant with Olympia.

“I was one of those annoying women who adored being pregnant and was working until the day I had to report to the hospital—although things got super complicated on the other side.

“And I almost did do the impossible: A lot of people don’t realize that I was two months pregnant when I won the Australian Open in 2017.

“But I’m turning 41 this month, and something’s got to give.”

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