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Williams on the 'pressure' of motherhood: 'Sometimes I get really down'

Serena Williams determined to pass 24 grand slam titles Serena Williams had dangerous blood clots, burst C-section after daughter Alexis Olympia's birth
Domingo Copeland | 11 January, 2018, 09:26

However, the days and weeks following the September birth of daughter Alexis Olympia was hard, according to a recent Vogue magazine interview with the tennis champion.

The next day, off the "anticoagulant regimen" medication, the 23-time Grand Slam victor began to gasp as she recovered in her hospital room. Coughing also caused her C-section wound to open, leading to more surgeries.

The day after giving birth, Serena, 36, believed she was suffering from a pulmonary embolism - a blood clot in the lung - something she has previously experienced.

A filter was inserted into a major vein, in order to prevent more clots from traveling to her lungs.

Finally, a week after the birth, she returned to her Florida home. Those first couple of months were incredibly trying for the new-mum who admits she still struggles with her new role. According to the article, the tennis superstar "spent the first six weeks of motherhood unable to get out of bed".

Williams is on the mend and played in her first match since giving birth on December 30, though she lost the exhibition match 6-2 to 2017 French Open victor Jelena Ostapenko in Abu Dhabi. She attributes much of her ups and downs to the insane hormonal changes which she says constantly makes her emotions go haywire.

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Williams also told Vogue about her first few months of motherhood, confessing, "No one talks about the low moments-the pressure you feel, the incredible letdown every time you hear the baby cry".

Williams, who recently announced that she would not be returning to the Australian Open to defend her title, also expressed her vast desire to get back to dominance on the court.

She reveals how perspective shifting having a baby has been because she gets to come home to such a attractive baby all the time which supersedes what tennis gave her.

On December 30, she lost an exhibition match against Jelena Ostapenko, the 2017 French Open champion, at the World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi. Williams is skipping this year's Australian Open, which begins next week. "I'm so glad I had a daughter".

Serena told the fashion bible she has a history of blood clots and lives in fear of them returning.

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