Serena Williams Has a Poster of Herself in Her Home

Pregnant Serena Williams showing off her blossoming baby bump

Pregnant Serena Williams showing off her blossoming baby bump

But when Williams first started playing her sport, fame was new, unfamiliar and nearly unexpected.

Tennis star Serena Williams, for example, is up for two awards: Best Female Tennis player, expectedly, and the coveted Best Female Athlete.

"I've actually never played for money - I just thought you would go out there and hold a trophy", Williams said on "Kneading Dough", the personal-finance video series from LeBron James' media company, Uninterrupted. "Not once did I think about a check". And when asked about her first million-dollar check, it turned out she "never touched it" and put it in the bank, attempting first to deposit it in a drive-thru ATM, where they informed her she'd have to go inside to get it cleared.

The mum-to-be told Vanity Fair that she had been convinced by her friend to take a pregnancy test, saying: "I'll take it just because (a) to prove you wrong and (b) because it's fun, whatever".

So when the time came to cash in her first million dollars, the 35-year-old hilariously recalled being at a loss on the protocol. I don't know how my parents were able to make me feel that way, but they did, and that was something really special. "We talk every day and we text every day, not about tennis always - our relationship isn't based around tennis so it's just been really great".

In an interview with HuffPost UK, she said that she is now focusing on providing the best life possible for her child. I just put it in the bank.

"Any daughter of mine will have a voice", she said in her interview with Carter.

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