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Serena Williams is the greatest tennis player of all time (whatever, John McEnroe). For this, and other reasons, she covers the August 2017 issue of Vanity Fair, in all her pregnant glory. 

Thirst buckets may feel a ways because the story revolves around her relationship with her fiance, Alexis Ohanian.

Says Vanity Fair:

This is a love story.

It wasn’t seamless, starry eyes at first light. There was a discovery, unexpected and shocking. There were moments of really getting pissed and the standard irritation that comes when one half of the whole kept leaving the suitcase in the hallway. But there were also moments of unplanned intimacy that is the only true kind of intimacy in a love story, soft touches and laughter and absurdity, because you need absurdity in a love story, since love is slightly absurd anyway, a feeling that, like eternity, is indefinable.

Which leads us, on the surface at least, to the seemingly mismatched pairing of 35-year-old Serena Williams and her fiancé, 34-year-old Alexis Ohanian. She is the beyond remarkable tennis player, although all superlatives are pointless. He is in the high cotton of high tech as the co-founder of the Web site Reddit, which has 234 million unique monthly users. They became engaged last December, after first meeting roughly a year and a half earlier, then found out in January that Serena was pregnant. They will be married in the fall after the birth of the baby.

Read the full story right here.

Renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz hooked up the images.

Photo: Annie Leibovitz courtesy of Vanity Fair