Serena Williams and Daughter Alexis Olympia Cover Vogue Together

Serena Williams and Daughter Alexis Olympia Cover Vogue Together

Serena Williams and Daughter Alexis Olympia Cover Vogue Together

Serena has been open about her easy pregnancy, and was eight weeks along when she won the Australian Open in January, but has now revealed to Vogue magazine that she had a hard labor and Olympia was born by emergency caesarean section because her "heart rate dove dangerously low during contractions".

Not wanting to worry her visiting mother, Williams stepped into the hall and flagged a nearby nurse, insisting that she needed an IV with heparin, a blood thinner, and a CT scan to check for clots.

After the ultrasound turned up empty, doctor discovered several small blood clots in her lungs. "It's not a secret that I have my sights on 25", she said.

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. After another surgery - and the discovery of a haematoma - Williams returned home, but spent the next six weeks bedridden.

In a recent interview, tennis champion Serena Williams opened up about the circumstances of her daughter's birth - and unfortunately, the joyful experience was tainted with life-threatening terror.

"We're not spending a day apart until she's 18", Williams told Vogue.

"I was happy to change diapers, but on top of everything she was going through, the feeling of not being able to help made it even worse", he said. "It's that same negative attitude I have on the court sometimes". No one talks about the low moments; the pressure you feel; the incredible letdown every time you hear the baby cry.

Williams, who recently announced that she would not be returning to the Australian Open to defend her title, also expressed her huge desire to get back to dominance on the court. I don't play to be the second best or the third best. 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? If there's no clear number one, it's like, yeah, I can get my spot back.

"After competing in Abu Dhabi I realised that although I am super close, I'm not where I personally want to be", she said in a statement on Snapchat.

"Sometimes I get really down", she told Vogue.

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