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Serena Williams reveals health scare after birth of daughter Olympia

Serena Williams reveals health scare after birth of daughter Olympia

'I absolutely want more Grand Slams, ' she assured. "I'm well aware of the record books, unfortunately".

In a cover story released Wednesday, Serena Williams revealed she had a terrifying health scare after giving birth to her daughter Olympia in September - which hospital workers initially ignored. An emergency cesarean section was performed, and Williams' delivered her first child.

Serena experienced a wave of medical and emotional issues after giving birth to her first child past year, according to a report. Women who have a history of blood clots, as Williams does, are at higher risk of blood clots during pregnancy and childbirth than women without a history of blood clots. A coughing spell from the pulmonary embolism also caused Ms. Williams' c-section wound to open.

But in a recent interview with Vouge, the 23-time grand slam victor issued a warning to her future opponents.

Williams said she told a nurse she needed a CT scan and a blood thinner immediately, but the nurse thought the pain medicine had left her confused. "Williams" physical instincts were correct.

Because she had been taking blood-thinners to dispel the clots, the medication caused bleeding at the site of the Caesarian section. Another surgery followed to have a filter inserted into a major vein, which would prevent more clots from dislodging and traveling into her lungs. And the night nurse she had planned to hire had fallen through.

One piece in that series, titled "How Hospitals Are Failing Black Mothers", carries special poignance given Williams' ordeal.

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Serena underwent several surgeries and was unable to get out of bed for six weeks.

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 harder. Those first couple of months were incredibly trying for the new-mum who admits she still struggles with her new role. No one talks about the low moments-the pressure you feel, the incredible letdown every time you hear the baby cry.

"Knowing I've got this attractive baby to go home to makes me feel like I don't have to play another match".

She is now eyeing a return to the women's tour at the Indian Wells tournament in March.

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.

One woman who has experience of grand slam glory is Samantha Stosur and the 2011 US Open champion can reflect on a strong overall record in WTA finals - she has won four of the last five she's contested; a 2016 loss to Lucie Safarova in Prague the only defeat in that span. "I'm so glad I had a daughter". "Kerber can come back, I think she had a good winter training camp and did well at the Hopman Cup".


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