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In the cover story of Vogue's February issue, Serena, 36, reveals that her daughter was born by emergency caesarean after her heart rate dropped dangerously low.

Williams was put on blood thinners, but she wasn't out of the woods yet. "We got a baby girl", said Williams in a social media video posted after she gave birth to baby Alexis Olympia Ohanian.

"It will be cool to see if I get there again, to what I call my spot - where I feel I belong".

The nurse believed that medications might have befuddled Williams, Vogue says, but a doctor arrived - only to perform an ultrasound, and not the CT scan that Williams believed she needed. "The surgery went off without a hitch; Alexis cut the cord, and the wailing newborn fell silent the moment she was laid on her mother's chest", Vogue reports. The clots set off coughing fits, which caused stitches on her C-section incision to pop.

Williams had a pulmonary embolism, or blood clots in her lungs. However, with Williams recovering on bed rest for six weeks, she and Ohanian found this transition into parenthood to be understandably hard. "I was so 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", he told the mag. I guess that's who I am.

"No one talks about the low moments-the pressure you feel, the incredible letdown every time you hear the baby cry", Williams said.

On December 30, she lost an exhibition match against Jelena Ostapenko, the 2017 French Open champion, at the World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi. She has also pushed back her return to March. "I've broken down I don't know how many times", she added. I don't play to be the second best or the third best. "Knowing I've got this handsome baby to go home to makes me feel like I don't have to play another match".

"After competing in Abu Dhabi I realised that although I am super close, I'm not where I personally want to be", she said in a statement on Snapchat.

Williams initially wanted to return to the Australian Open later this month - which she won previous year while pregnant - but withdrew last week.

"I hate playing her because she gets this look on her face where she just looks sad if she's losing - solemn", Serena said.


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