Serena says becoming a mom will make her better on the court

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Serena Williams of the US holds up the trophy following her victory over Venus Williams of the US in the women's singles final on day 13 of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 28, 2017. / AFP / PAUL CROCK / IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE
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Four months after giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., Serena Williams is more determined than ever to break Margaret Court's record of 24 Grand Slam titles.

Williams, who's won 23 Grand Slam single titles and hasn't competed since winning the Australian Open in January 2017, told Vogue's Rob Haskell in the magazine's February issue that she believes motherhood will improve her on-court performance.

"Maybe this goes without saying, but it needs to be said in a powerful way: I absolutely want more Grand Slams," the 36-year-old Williams said. "I'm well aware of the record books, unfortunately. It's not a secret that I have my sights on 25. And actually, I think having a baby might help.

"When I'm too anxious I lose matches, and I feel like a lot of that anxiety disappeared when Olympia was born. Knowing I've got this beautiful baby to go home to makes me feel like I don't have to play another match. I don’t need the money or the titles or the prestige. I want them, but I don't need them. That's a different feeling for me."

Williams recently withdrew from this year's Australian Open, saying she wasn't where she needed to be physically to win a Grand Slam title.