Tennis icon Serena Williams has no shame in her game on and off the court. The curvy superstar recently sat down with ex-boyfriend rapper Common to talk about her career and physique.

In Williams’ opinion, her body is finally the current style women crave for in popular culture.

“There was a time when I didn’t feel incredibly comfortable about my body because I felt like I was too strong. I had to take a second and think, ‘Who says I’m too strong? This body has enabled me to be the greatest player that I can be.’ And now my body is in style, so I’m feeling good about it. [Laughs.] Like, I’m finally in style! It took a while to get there. I’m just really thankful for the way I was brought up by my mom and my dad to give me that confidence. I could have been discouraged, and I wouldn’t be as great as I was because I would have done different exercises or I would have done different things. I totally embrace who I am and what I am.” (The Undefeated)

Serena also talked about overcoming public pressures and media scrutiny to dominate the sports world.

“I’m so focused on what I need to do to be the best I can be — and then better. At a very young age, I think I was 17, I stopped reading any press about me. I think that helped me avoid a lot of the scrutiny, and I kind of put myself in a bubble. I feel like I definitely was scrutinized because I was confident — I was black and I was confident. And I am black and I am confident. But I would say, ‘I feel like I can be No. 1.’ [Imitates shock.] Well, why shouldn’t I say that? If I don’t think I’m going to be the best, why do I play?” (The Undefeated)

A few weeks ago, gossip circulated about Common and Serena possibly dating again.

An eyewitness tells us Serena and the rapper/actor were in a back room chatting before she spoke to the audience at the grand opening of the Yetunde Price Resource Center — for people affected by violence. We’re told the exes were careful to avoid taking pics together, but individually each got a photo with Compton’s mayor, Aja Brown. They left in separate cars after the event. (TMZ)

Last year, rumors developed about Serena seeing social media platform Reddit’s co-founder Alexis Ohanian

“They met at a lunch,” a source reveals in the new issue of Us Weekly. “It’s new.” Although Williams, 34, was recently linked to Drake, a second source says it was simply a “flirty friendship.” Now, the tennis pro is making love part of her routine, bringing her new guy, 32, to her workout at the Los Angeles School of Gymnastics on Saturday, Oct. 24. Says an onlooker, “He called her babe and they held hands.” (Us Weekly)