Serena Williams Talks About The Terrifying Complications She Faced After Giving Birth

Ash Barty’s best result at the Australia Open was making the third round last year

Ash Barty’s best result at the Australia Open was making the third round last year

Cape Town - Tennis grand slam victor Serena Williams and her baby Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. are on the cover of the February issue of Vogue Magazine.

Serena Williams experienced a wave of medical and emotional issues after giving birth to her first child past year.

Finally, Serena was allowed home, but spent six weeks in bed. "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 lovely baby?' The emotions are insane".

"That was an incredible feeling", Serena told Vogue in her cover story. "My coach and team always said, 'Only go to tournaments when you are prepared to go all the way.' I can compete - but I don't want to just compete, I want to do far better than that and to do so I will need a little more time". The next day the tennis great, who has a history of blood clots, told doctors she was having a pulmonary embolism (blockage that occurs in the lungs, usually due to blood clots).

"Sometimes I get really down and feel like, man, I can't do this", the 36-year-old told the magazine.

"That was an wonderful feeling", Serena said of getting to see her daughter for the first time after her operation.

When she returned to surgery, the doctors found that she had had a large hematoma [an abnormal collection of blood outside of a blood vessel] had flooded her abdomen.

In the cover image, a beaming Williams holds Alexis close while flashing her massive diamond engagement ring (she married Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in a New Orleans ceremony in November).

Williams left no stone unturned in her interview revealing for the first time that she was forced to have an emergency c-section after Alexis' heart rate dove incredibly low during contractions.

Williams says the experience has taken an emotional toll on her as well. "I think sometimes women limit themselves".

Williams explains that while she is away from the court the other tennis dads have been supportive, including Stanislas Wawrinka who gave her a pair of Tod's loafers and Novak Djokovic who sends articles about parenting. The emotions are insane'. "I want them, but I don't need them".

Williams played in an exhibition match late last month, which she lost to Jelena Ostapenko.

Thankfully, Serena has since recovered and is now enjoying life with her new husband and their lovely bundle of joy. She also spoke candidly about the challenges of being a new mom to her daughterAlexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.

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