Inside, she speaks on fitness, forgiveness, and being besties with her fiercest competitor Caroline Wozniacki, who also appears in the cover story.Fashion editor Sara Moonves adorns “Queen Serena” in gorgeous flowing gowns by Rag & Bone and Donna Karan. Hair is styled by Holli Smith with makeup by Francelle.
Check out a few interview snippets below, and watch Serena give Beyoncé‘s “7/11” a tennis champ refix at the BallenIsles Country Club.
On why she decided to end her boycott of the Indian Wells tournament after reading Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom:
“That’s when I realized I had to go back. I always talk about forgiveness, but I needed to actually show it. It was time to move on.”
On her friendship with Caroline Wozniacki:
“Let’s just put an end to this myth that women players cannot be friends. We can!”
“It’s hard and lonely at the top. That’s why it’s so fun to have Caroline and my sister, too. You’re a target when you’re number one. Everyone wants to beat you. Everyone talks behind your back, and you get a lot more criticism. God forbid I lose. It’s like ‘Why?’ Well, I am human.”
Caroline Wozniacki on Serena’s persistence following Wozniacki’s broken engagement:
“First she texted, ‘If you don’t pick up, I am going to fly to Monaco.’ And then, ‘If you don’t answer the door, I am going to knock it down.’ So I thought, OK, I better answer the phone. And I am so glad I did. She wasn’t pitying me, like a lot of people were. I mean, it’s not like anyone died. I was in shock, but she was really helpful because she had been through it before. She didn’t sugarcoat it, and she didn’t look down on me. She was really there for me when I needed her the most, and that’s why I think our friendship is so strong now.”