Serena says motherhood may make her better player

Garbine Muguruza

Garbine Muguruza

And she's so in love with baby Alexis she's even thought about hanging up her tennis racquet. The day after her daughter was born she felt a shortness of breath and feared she was having a pulmonary embolism (that's medical speak for when arteries in the lungs become blocked by a blood clot). "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".

'It's that same negative attitude I have on the court sometimes. "Now that I'm 36 and I look at my baby, I remember that this was also one of my goals when I was little, before tennis took over, when I was still kind of a normal girl who played with dolls".

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. 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", she explained.

But the drama didn't end there and Serena's C-section wound opened, leading to more surgery, whereby surgeons found a large haematoma had flooded her abdomen. The emotions are insane'.

Thankfully, Serena has since recovered and is now enjoying life with her new husband and their handsome bundle of joy.

But that's not to be confused with the idea that Serena is anxious about reclaiming her spot as number one when she returns.

The reigning champ and seven-time victor had hoped to defend her Australian Open title but pulled out following the complications. "I'm well aware of the record books, unfortunately". 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". "But if there is a clear number one, that's cool, too, because it's like, yeah, I'm gonna come for you", she added. I don't play to be the second best or the third best. I want them, but I don't need them. "After competing in Abu Dhabi I realized that although I am super close, I'm not where I personally want to be", Williams said in a statement released by Australian Open organizers. "That's a different feeling for me", she said.

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