As for Williams’ willingness to lift the veil on a life that others tend to assume is just as orderly and efficient as she operates on the court, well, that’s at the core of who she is as well.
Even with an increased focus on carving out time for her personal life, it’s not a perfect system. And so when she, say, missed Olympia’s first steps because she was busy readying for Wimbledon, it stings just as much as the parent who learns that particular milestone happened at daycare.
“Working and being a mom is not easy,” Williams wrote in one candid 2020 Instagram post. “I am often exhausted, stressed, and then I go play a professional tennis match. We keep going. I am so proud and inspired by the women who do it day in and day out.”
For her, making statements like that is “just normalizing it,” she said of the ever-present working parent struggle. “It’s not easy. And it’s never been easy. And people think, ‘Oh, it must be easy for these celebrities,’ and it’s not like that at all. It’s definitely hard and normalizing that, that what you feel and the tough time that you’re going through is normal, I think is a really good message to talk about.”