Serena Williams is due to give birth next month.
Serena Williams is due to give birth next month. Petr David Josek

Serena feeling 'new power' during pregnancy

SERENA Williams says she is feeling "new power” during her pregnancy as she eyes a return to action at January's Australian Open.

In an interview with Vogue magazine, Williams, 36 said she had set herself a goal of playing in Melbourne next year.

She said she was keen to match Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 Grand Slam titles. She was already pregnant when she won her 23rd at the Australian Open last January.

"It's the most outrageous plan,” said Williams, who is expecting her first child next month.

"I just want to put that out there. That's, like, three months after I give birth. I'm not walking anything back, but I'm just saying it's pretty intense.

"Obviously, if I have a chance to go out there and catch up with Margaret, I am not going to pass that up.

"If anything, this pregnancy has given me a new power.”

Williams says she's had a "love-hate relationship with the idea of power” as it relates to her game, sometimes irked that her skill and strategy seemed to be overlooked.

"As I've gotten older I've started to feel differently about it. Power is beauty. Strength is beauty. So now on the court I want people to think that I'm powerful,” she said.