by Angela Davis|@jerseygirlsport|@ladyadavis
Jersey Girl Sports fam Serena is giving us all kinds of mommy magic as she and her beautiful baby girl Alexis Olympia will grace the cover of Vogue.
Some of the pics are already out, and while we love Serena, baby Alexis is just too darn cute!
In the article Serena talks about her marriage, and thoughts of being a full-time mom–but she still wants to win more Grand Slams first.
To be honest, there’s something really attractive about the idea of moving to San Francisco and just being a mom,” she says. Reddit, the news aggregator of which Alexis is a cofounder, is based there, and they’ve just found a house in Silicon Valley. “But not yet. Maybe this goes without saying, but it needs to be said in a powerful way: I absolutely want more Grand Slams. I’m well aware of the record books, unfortunately. It’s not a secret that I have my sights on 25.” She means 25 Grand Slam victories, which would surpass the record of 24 held by the Australian tennis legend Margaret Court and make her the undisputed greatest of all time.
And actually, I think having a baby might help. When I’m too anxious I lose matches, and I feel like a lot of that anxiety disappeared when Olympia was born. Knowing I’ve got this beautiful baby to go home to makes me feel like I don’t have to play another match. I don’t need the money or the titles or the prestige. I want them, but I don’t need them. That’s a different feeling for me.”
Serena and baby Alexis on the cover of Vogue
Serena and the women in her family
serena and alexis Ohanian
I’m loving all of this…but I’m ready to see Serena take the court!
With record highs at this year’s Australian Open being in the 101 to 104 degree range, many spectators and players are really feeling the heat. But, tennis’ No. 1, Serena Williams is bringing a different type of heat, this time with her fashion.
Williams is never one to disappoint with her fashion trends on or off the court, but in 104 degree weather Williams rocked a cool Nike pink blazer with a pink and black polka dot tennis dress to match.
Williams said to ESPN that she’s trained her entire life in Florida for conditions just like these.
”I just try to hit a bunch of aces and a bunch of winners — that’s all you can do because it’s too hot to get into long rallies,” she said.
One would think with the high temps Williams would be wearing something a little cooler, not this fashionista. Williams wants to let everyone know that no matter what the temperature, she would be there to take care of business.
Tennis superstar, Venus Williams is having a rough start to her new year. After what looked like a great start to Williams’ unfortunately didn’t turn out so well at the end. No. 22-seeded Ekaterina Makarova won six of the next seven games for a 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 win.
Williams who was the second oldest in the tournament has struggled with injuries and illnesses in the past, but was doing much better going into this tournament.
“The last 12 months I have had issues,” Williams’ said. “But this year I definitely am looking forward to having a good run and feeling well.”
“My level was a little bit too up and down. Obviously my error count was a little high,” said Williams, the 2003 finalist who was playing in her 14th Australian Open. “I have to give her a lot of credit, though, she was very determined … played hard.”
Venus’ sister, Serena, the No. 1 seed is scheduled to play a night match later on. We’ll keep you posted.
Your Jersey Girlfriend,
VINA DEL MAR, Chile (AP) —Tennis phenom Rafael Nadal is the latest athlete to speak out about the use of performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) in sports. Since Lance Armstrong’s confession about his use of performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) and the latest scandal with PED use in the MLB along with future testing in the NBA, it seems everyone has an opinion.
Nadal thinks that testing should be made public.
”If I go through a lot – or very few doping controls – people should know,” he said. ”Though I went for seven months without competing, I went through a lot of tests.”
”I don’t have to justify anything,” he added. ”This information should be open to the public.”
Top tennis players are subject to random testing without warning or notice, and while Nadal supports this, he thinks athletes should also be respected. He thinks making it public can restore the bad image sports has regarding the use of PEDs among athletes.
”The important thing is that those who are cheating, pay for their cheating,” Nadal said. ”With Armstrong the image of sport has been damaged, especially in the case of cycling. The important thing is for sport to clean up its image, that the controls are made public.
”They should do the tests they need to do, but they should be done respecting the athlete. From my point of view, this has not always happened.”
This idea of making public the drug testing could be a way to keep athletes more accountable. It could also place professional sports under scrutiny. Some professional leagues like the MLB and the Olympics have more rigorous and aggressive testing while others like the NFL and the NBA are more passive.
Athletes should be held accountable to play the game with integrity. They make enough money to maintain their skill, and the use of PEDs taints public perception about the sports figure and the game as a whole.
This conversation about PEDs will continue, and it will be interesting to see how pro leagues respond.
What do you think? Should the testing of pro athletes be made public?
Your Jersey Girlfriend,
We have some good news and we have some bad news Jersey Girl Sports fam! First the bad news. Serena Williams is out of the Australian Open. She lost in her quarterfinal match 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 against 19-year-old American Sloane Stephens. It appeared she also injured her lower back causing her to lose power in her serve. Serena threw her racket at her chair in anger, and I assume, frustration at the outcome of the game.
Here’s the good news: Sloane Stephens is well on her way to being the next big name in tennis! Beating a champion like Serena is no small feat. Playing since the age of nine Stephens is walking in the footsteps of trailblazers Venus and Serena. While I’m not confident she could beat a healthy Serena, I do think she will become a household name.
Sloane Stephens beats Serena Williams
Stephens will face defending champion Victoria Azarenka in the semifinals.
We’re sad to see Serena go, but we’re also happy for Sloane.
Your Jersey Girlfriend,