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Serena Williams’s husband feared for tennis star’s life after child birth

After Serena Williams gave birth to a baby girl last September, the tennis star needed a series of operations to free her from the risk of clotting.

tennis Updated: Jul 15, 2018 21:36 IST
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Serena Williams’s husband Alexis Ohanian saluted the 36-year-old tennis star battling back from life-saving surgery to get within touching distance of an eighth Wimbledon title.
Serena Williams’s husband Alexis Ohanian saluted the 36-year-old tennis star battling back from life-saving surgery to get within touching distance of an eighth Wimbledon title.(Twitter )
         

Serena Williams’s husband Alexis Ohanian admitted Sunday that he feared the tennis player would die after giving birth to their daughter last year.

Ohanian, the internet entrepreneur and founder of Reddit, saluted the 36-year-old Williams for battling back from life-saving surgery to get within touching distance of an eighth Wimbledon title.

However, the American suffered a straight sets defeat to Angelique Kerber in Saturday’s final.

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“Days after our baby girl was born, I kissed my wife goodbye before surgery and neither of us knew if she would be coming back,” Ohanian wrote on Instagram.

“We just wanted her to survive - 10 months later, she’s in the #Wimbledon final.”

The couple’s daughter Olympia was born in September but Serena then needed a series of operations to free her from the risk of clotting.

“Congratulations, @angie.kerber. @serenawilliams will be holding a trophy again soon - she’s got the greatest one waiting at home for her,” added Ohanian.

“Our family knows she’ll win many more trophies, too. She’s just getting started. And I couldn’t be more proud.”

First Published: Jul 15, 2018 16:31 IST