Serena Williams penned an emotional letter to mom Oracene Price which she shared on the social networking site Reddit on Tuesday.
WTA Staff
September 19, 2017

Having been by her side since the beginning, 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams has just one thing to say to mom Oracene Price.

Thank you.

The former World No.1, who became a mother herself earlier this month, penned a heartfelt thank you letter to Oracene on the social networking site Reddit, referencing her upbringing, and how her mother taught her to love herself.

"Dear Mom, You are one of the strongest women I know," the former World No.1 wrote. "I was looking at my daughter (OMG, yes, I have a daughter) and she has my arms and legs! My exact same strong, muscular, powerful, sensational arms and body."

Williams gave birth to daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian, Jr. on Sept. 1.

The youngest of five children, of course including sister Venus, Williams shared how she hopes to now teach her own daughter the same lessons.

"I am proud we were able to show them what some women look like. We don't all look the same," she added. "We are curvy, strong, muscular, tall, small, just to name a few, and all the same: we are women and proud!

"Thank you for being the role model I needed to endure all the hardships that I now regard as a challenges--ones that I enjoy. I hope to teach my baby Alexis Olympia the same, and have the same fortitude you have had."

Read the full post from Serena, shared on Reddit, below!

Williams, who won the Australian Open in January while eight weeks pregnant, intends to return to the WTA and competitive tennis in 2018.