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Serena Williams was bedridden for six weeks after birth of daughter

Tennis star speaks for first time of medical problems including blood clots on lungs following emergency C-section

Serena Williams has revealed she was bedridden for six weeks after the birth of her daughter following situations of emergency caesarean section.

The tennis star, in an interview with the US fashion magazine Vogue, has spoken for the first time of the medical complications she faced during her daughter’s birth. She said Alexis Olympia had been delivered by C-section after the baby’s heart-rate fell.

The former world No 1 also underwent several procedures after blood clots settled on her lungs and her meander “ve opened”, leaving her unable to get out of bed.

The cover-up of the February issue of Vogue. Photograph: Mario Testino/ Vogue

Williams said becoming a mother had at times left her experiencing “broken”. ” Sometimes I get truly down and feel like, male, I can’t do this ,” she told the publication.” It’s that same negative attitude I have on the court sometimes. I guess that’s just who I am.

” No one talks about the low-pitched instants- the pressure you feel, the extraordinary letdown every time you hear the babe yell. 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, like, why do I feel so sad when I have a beautiful child? The feelings are insane .”

In the interview, Williams spoke of her hope that her daughter would share her drive.” I think sometimes ladies limit themselves ,” she said.” I’m not sure why we think that space, but I know that we’re sometimes learned how to not reverie as large as boys , not to believe we can be a chairman or a Ceo, when in the same household a male child is told he can be anything he wants.

” I’m so glad I had a daughter. I want to teach her that there are no limits .”

In September the tennis star transformed 36, an age at which most players are well past their prime. But Williams, perhaps inspired by her older sister Venus, who had one of the best years of her career in 2017, said she does not assure her age as a problem.” I’ve been playing tennis since before my remembrances started ,” Williams said.” At my age, I interpret the finishing line. And when you see the finish line, you don’t slow down. You speed up .”

Serena Williams painted with her daughter, her mom, Oracene, and sisters, from left Isha, Venus and, front, Lyndrea. Photograph: Mario Testino/ Vogue

She added:” Knowing I’ve got this beautiful baby to go home to builds me feel like I don’t have to play another match. I don’t need the money or the titles or the prestige. I crave them, but I don’t need them. That’s a different feeling for me .”