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Serena Williams reveals struggle with postnatal depression before French Open comeback

Serena Williams, who made her tennis return in the French Open 2018, wants to spread awareness about the turbulent state women go through following childbirth.

tennis Updated: May 31, 2018 12:49 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai
Serena Williams beat Kristyna Pliskova in their first round French Open match 7-6 (4), 6-4.
Serena Williams beat Kristyna Pliskova in their first round French Open match 7-6 (4), 6-4. (REUTERS)
         

Tennis ace Serena Williams, who hogged the limelight with her eye-catching Black Panther-inspired black catsuit on her return to French Open, has revealed her struggles with depression following the birth of her daughter, Olympia.

The US tennis star went through plenty of struggles while delivering her first child with husband Alexis Ohanian in September last year.

She was forced to undergo an emergency caesarean and a surgery was performed to remove blood clots in her lungs during the childbirth.

Williams’ troubles didn’t end there, though. She had to fight with postnatal depression in the coming months before returning to tennis court for the first time at the Fed Cup in North Carolina in February.

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“Honestly, sometimes I think I still have to deal with it. I think people have to talk about it more because it’s almost like the fourth trimester, it’s part of the pregnancy,” she said in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, an American women’s fashion magazine.

Serena, who had earlier admitted that she nearly died while giving birth, said it was a very tough period of her life and there were days when she cried.

“I remember one day, I couldn’t find Olympia’s bottle and I got so upset I started crying because I wanted to be perfect for her.”

Despite the ordeal that she went through, Williams is now ready to have another child.

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“If I wasn’t playing tennis, I’d be pregnant right now - sorry, I’m one of those women. I’ve been injured so many times, and played on it, my body is used to adjusting.

“Olympia needs a little sister, and then we can have a boy. I’ve only been around girls my whole life,” the 36-year-old said.

Serena, who is eyeing to level Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 majors, will take on Australian Ashleigh Barty in a second round match at the Roland Garros on Thursday.

She had earlier beaten Kristyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic 7-6 (4), 6-4 in her first round match.

First Published: May 31, 2018 12:46 IST

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