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Motherhood provides 'more fire' for Venus Williams as she pursues record-tying title

NEW YORK - Serena Williams is cradling her baby, humming a lullaby, letting little Alexis Olympia Ohanian tug on a strand of her long hair. When nap time arrives Williams tucks in the child and reluctantly leaves for a practice session.

"Don't call it a comeback," she says quietly enough to not disturb the baby. "I've been here for years, rocking my peers, putting suckers in fear." After she changes into workout gear and approaches the tennis court her tenderness vanishes and she pounds the ball ferociously.

"I'm gonna knock you out," she says. "Mama said knock you out."

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