Serena Williams has been criticised after she claimed she will become a “real woman” when she gives birth to her first child.
The 39-time singles, doubles and mixed doubles Grand Slam tennis champion is expected to give birth to her child with fiancé Alexis Ohanian early next month.
The couple announced Williams, 35, was pregnant in a Snapchat post in April.
In an interview with Australia’s Herald Sun, Williams admitted that, while she was nervous about the impact motherhood might have on her tennis, she felt the whole experience would give her “a lot more confidence” in life.
“I think [giving birth] will give me more strength, if that’s possible,” she told the newspaper. “I feel like I will be ready for anything. I have so much respect for so many women [for giving birth].
“I am about to be a real woman now, you know? It’s going to be something incredibly impressive to go through.”
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