Serena Williams Talks Family And Motherhood With 'Vogue'

Erica Murray
January 11, 2018

23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams has revealed the significant health issues she suffered in the days after giving birth to daughter Alexis in September.

The reigning champ and seven-time victor had hoped to defend her Australian Open title but pulled out following the complications. She dons a red Versace dress, baby in hand, photographed by Mario Testino.

More complications followed as intense coughing caused her C-section wound to open and a hematoma was found in her abdomen. "Or I'll get angry about the crying, then sad about being angry, and then guilty, like, 'Why do I feel so sad when I have a attractive baby?' The emotions are insane". "But not yet. Maybe this goes without saying, but it needs to be said in a powerful way: I absolutely want more Grand Slams". "I'm well aware of the record books, unfortunately".

Williams was able to return home after a couple of weeks but spent her time in bed as she recovered.

"When I'm too anxious I lose matches, and I feel like a lot of that anxiety disappeared when Olympia was born", she said. She told the publication she has a history of blood clots, and told hospital staff she needed a "CT scan with contrast and IV heparin (a blood thinner) right away". I'm not sure why we think that way, but I know that we're sometimes taught to not dream as big as men, not to believe we can be a president or a CEO, when in the same household, a male child is told he can be anything he wants. "That's a different feeling for me". "The surgery went off without a hitch; Alexis cut the cord, and the wailing newborn fell silent the moment she was laid on her mother's chest", Vogue reports. "Or I'll get angry about the crying, then sad about being angry, and then guilty, like, 'Why do I feel so sad when I have a handsome baby?' The emotions are insane".

However, in an interview with Vogue, the former world No 1 said that her hiatus had in no way diminished her drive and she will definitely be targeting a return to the top of the rankings once she is back.

She's a real one, that Serena.

"I look at my baby, and I remember that this was one of my goals before tennis took over, when I was still kind of a normal girl who played with dolls", she smiled. "It breaks my heart".

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