Serena Williams reveals dramatic health complications after daughter's birth

Ash Barty in action at the Sydney International final against Angelique Kerber

However, the days and weeks following the September birth of daughter Alexis Olympia was hard, according to a recent Vogue magazine interview with the tennis champion.

The Serena Williams pregnancy story is already awesome - but if the 23-time grand slam winner's 2018 plays out as hoped, the story is going to be completely remarkable.

"I think sometimes women limit themselves", Serena told the fashion magazine. "I hate playing her because she gets this look on her face where she just looks sad if she's losing".

"No one talks about the low moments-the pressure you feel, the incredible letdown every time you hear the baby cry", Williams said.

"I absolutely want more grand slams. 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?' The emotions are insane".

The nurse believed that medications might have befuddled Williams, Vogue says, but a doctor arrived - only to perform an ultrasound, and not the CT scan that Williams believed she needed.

A subsequent CT scan revealed a series of small clots had made their way to her lungs.

"I was like, listen to Dr. Williams!" the tennis star 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.

Williams has a history of blood clots, and had been taken off her daily anticoagulant after the C-section. However, with Williams recovering on bed rest for six weeks, she and Ohanian found this transition into parenthood to be understandably hard. It was an experience that really exhausted Williams.

Serena Williams opened up about her health complications following the days after giving birth to her first child Alexis.

In the interview, Williams opens up about motherhood, her harrowing birth story, and the place that tennis and her career now have in her life.

"Actually, I think having a baby might help". They may be fun and great but they aren't necessary the way they used to be to her before she became a mother.

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