Serena Williams opens up about childbirth nightmare of blood clots

Beth Cruz
January 11, 2018

Look out, women's tennis.

"When I'm too anxious I lose matches, and I feel like a lot of that anxiety disappeared when Olympia was born", she said.

Serena Williams suffered from a series of scary complications following her daughter Alexis' arrival in September.

The reigning champ and seven-time victor had hoped to defend her Australian Open title but pulled out following the complications. In all, she was off the tour for about 10 months at the time, returning in 2011.

Serena also said in the interview she hopes her daughter has her drive and pursues whatever she wants.

Williams' sights remain set on breaking the record of 24 Grand Slam titles held by Margaret Court - though she won't push baby Olympia to follow her path. Recalling the moment newborn Alexis was placed on her chest, Serena said, "That was an wonderful experience", adding, "And then everything went bad".

The tennis star, 36, informed docs that she thought she was having another pulmonary embolism, a blockage in an artery of the lung. "Knowing I've got this lovely baby to go home to makes me feel like I don't have to play another match".

'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?"

"I don't need the money or the titles or the prestige", she said. "That's a different feeling for me".

Serena, who has a history of blood clots, had to go off of her daily anticoagulant medication because of her C-section. The WTA Founder Billie Jean King thinks Williams will have several activities once she retires from tennis. 'I've been telling people that I think Serena, with her prowess and her platform, can do more than I ever dreamed of-not just for women or for people of color but for all people. "I was like, listen to Dr. Williams!".

Worse still, Williams' C-section wound then broke open due to her intense coughing, US Vogue reports, requiring another surgical procedure, which in turn revealed a hematoma had flooded her abdomen - requiring yet more surgery. The entire experience left her bedridden for the first six weeks of motherhood.

In the interview, Williams also discussed her rivalry with her older sister, Venus.

"That was an wonderful feeling", Williams said.

"I was happy to change diapers", Ohanian, who married Williams in November, told Vogue, adding that the hardest part was "not being able to help".

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