Serena Williams's first two months of motherhood weren't easy at all. The pregnancy went very well for the 23-time Grand Slam champion, but she developed complications both during and following the birth. Her daughter Alexis Olympia was born by emergency Cesarean as her heart rate was low during contractions. Luckily, the surgery procedure went very well, and the baby was doing well. But Serena wasn't. She started to struggle with breathing, and developed pulmonary embolism again. She was bed-ridden for six weeks, thereafter.
That's why she started training again only in November. Now Serena feels stronger and motivated to return to competition, which she is expected to do in March, at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. She has set high goals for herself, one of which is beating Margaret Court's 24 Grand Slam titles' record and regaining the world no. 1 spot.
'I absolutely want more Grand Slams,' she assured. 'I’m well aware of the record books, unfortunately. It’s not a secret that I have my sights on 25. And actually, I think having a baby might help. When I’m too anxious I lose matches, and I feel like a lot of that anxiety disappeared when Olympia was born. Knowing I’ve got this beautiful baby to go home to makes me feel like I don’t have to play another match. I don’t need the money or the titles or the prestige. I want them, but I don’t need them. That’s a different feeling for me.'
Story by Vogue Magazine