Serena Williams has revealed that she had to return to the operating theatre for surgery after the birth of her daughter when an emergency caesarean section led to complications. In 2016 the 23-time Grand Slam champion appeared in the video song of Beyonce "Sorry".
First, her C-section wound reopened after a coughing spell caused by the clots in her lungs. A CT scan showed that she had several small clots in her lungs and she was put on a drip. A day after, Williams began experiencing symptoms that were familiar to her and after explaining her history of blood clots was given the proper medication that wasn't initially administered to her.
Williams, 36, played an exhibition match in Abu Dhabi in late December but pulled out of this month's Australian Open, saying she was "super close" but not yet playing at the level needed to compete.
Another operation allowed a surgeon to insert a filter into a major vein to prevent more clots from dislodging and traveling to Williams' lungs. Sadly, the new mother found no comfort in her daughter's cries.
Williams has been frank about just how taxing and hard motherhood can be. After another surgery - and the discovery of a haematoma - Williams returned home, but spent the next six weeks bedridden.
During her candid interview, the new mom opened up about the scary health complications she suffered following her little girl's birth.
"I was like, listen to Dr. Williams!" the Palm Beach Gardens resident told the fashion mag. "No one talks about the low moments", Williams said.
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. 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 Australian Open begins on Monday the 15th of January in Melbourne.
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. They may be fun and great but they aren't necessary the way they used to be to her before she became a mother.