Published: Thu, January 11, 2018
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

Serena Williams Covers Vogue With Baby Daughter Alexis

Serena Williams Covers Vogue With Baby Daughter Alexis

SERENA Williams has opened up about the trauma of motherhood after "everything went bad" when she gave birth to her daughter previous year. 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?

Her daughter was delivered by emergency Caesarean section after the baby's heart rate dropped, and Williams fell ill the day after giving birth. That time, she did not appreciate the gravity of the matter.

Williams was off the anticoagulant she takes daily because of the surgery and she "immediately assumed" she was having another embolism. Williams insisted she get a CT scan and blood thinners despite the nurse's skepticism.

The Ukrainian believes hard work in the off-season is paying dividends.

"I was like, a Doppler?"

In a story in the magazine's February issue and posted Wednesday on Vogue, Williams discusses developing several small blood clots in her lungs while in the hospital after Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. was born in September.

Within minutes, she was hooked up to a drip, and she said: "I was like, listen to Dr. Williams!".

If only that were the end of it.

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Soon after the clot drama, her C-section wound popped open from coughing from the pulmonary embolism. During the subsequent surgery to close it, her doctors discovered that a large hematoma had flooded her abdomen as a result of these complications.

"She returned yet again to the OR to have a filter inserted into a major vein, to prevent more clots from dislodging and travelling into her lungs", Haskell writes.

"For me, the biggest thing was when I lost the first six finals of the year, I didn't let it really put me down", the 27-year-old said after her Singapore triumph. Tennis has not been far from her mind, either.

Williams said she is ready to get back on the court and is expected to return in March for the BNP Paribas Open, also known as the Indian Wells Masters.

"Maybe this goes without saying, but it needs to be said in a powerful way: I absolutely want more grand slams".

"I've broken down I don't know how many times, or I'll get angry about the crying, then sad about being angry, and then guilty". With that being said, and even though I am disappointed about it, I've decided not to compete in the Australian Open this year.

With the 36-year-old having to wait to equal Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles, the tournament is there for the taking by a host of players, led by world number one Halep, second-ranked Wozniacki and fourth-ranked Elina Svitolina.

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