Serena Williams played tennis before she became a mom, when she was a soon-to-be mom, and now that she is the mom to a nine-month-old baby.

Earlier this week was Williams’ first major tennis match since giving birth to Alexis Olympia Ohanian.

 

Seeing us off. Flying baby style! @olympiaohanian

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On May 29, Williams defeated Czech Republic’s Kristýna Plíšková to win her first Grand Slam match in over a year. And she did so all while looking and feeling like a “superhero” in a black Nike bodysuit.

She described how her custom outfit made her feel to the BBC:

“I feel like a warrior wearing it, a queen from Wakanda [referring to the Black Panther movie] maybe. It was comfortable to wear. I’m always living in a fantasy world. I always wanted to be a superhero, and it’s kind of my way of being a superhero.”

Williams then took to Twitter with an encouraging note to all the other moms out there:

The 36-year-old wrote:

Catsuit anyone? For all the moms out there who had a tough recovery from pregnancy—here you go. If I can do it, so can you. Love you all!!

And hundreds of her followers agreed that the new mom looked like a superhero. Many of them called her their inspiration:

During her interview with BBC, Serena revealed that things are slightly different for her in terms of how she prepares for competition now that she is a mom.

 

Mama bear and baby cub #beingSerena @hbo

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She said she would normally spend a lot of time on the court before a big match, but now she is stealing some of that time to “hang out” with her baby girl.

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