'I don't need more Grand Slam titles

Serena Williams opens up about her life-threatening health complications after emergency C-section

Serena Williams: Having a baby will help me win grand slams

The interview, published on Wednesday, reveals that Williams gave birth via an emergency c-section. Williams' husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, cut the cord, and life was lovely.

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. The 21-year-old comes into the tournament as the highest-ranked Australian at number 19, having dropped two places from her career-high 17 late last year. The pregnancy went very well for the 23-time Grand Slam champion, but she developed complications both during and following the birth. But why does giving birth increase a woman's risk of blood clots? The Washington Post recently ran a shocking story about the death of one such low-income woman, who most certainly would have had a better shot at life had she been as wealthy and famous as Williams.

When the ultrasound showed nothing, Serena was sent for a CT scan, which showed several small blood clots on her lungs and she was quickly placed on a drip. Coughing from the embolism caused her incision to open up. So when she felt short of breath while resting in the hospital she knew she needed a CT scan of her lungs immediately. "I've started to play more consistently", she said.

People are pointing out that, despite her wealth and fame, Williams still had to self-diagnose.

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"Sometimes, I get really down and feel like, man, I can't do this", she confessed. It's that same negative attitude I have on the court sometimes. No one talks about the low moments-the pressure you feel, the incredible letdown every time you hear the baby cry.

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"Knowing I've got this lovely baby to go home to makes me feel like I don't have to play another match". The emotions are insane.

But their chances in Melbourne look slim: Stephens hasn't won a match on tour since her Flushing Meadows triumph, and Ostapenko was far from her attacking best in her first-round defeats in Shenzhen and Sydney in the past week. All Vogue covers are special but to share this one with my attractive daughter @olympiaohanian also the youngest Vogue cover star makes it moment I will never forget. "It's so much work, and I've given up so much". But her labor, delivery, and recovery were anything but easy, and put her life in danger. "I didn't have that". Victory would see her eclipse Ken Rosewall as the oldest player ever to win a major. "Maybe this goes without saying, but it needs to be said in a powerful way: I absolutely want more Grand Slams".

A casual reader of the only pregnancy book I suggest to friends, "Expecting Better", can easily see that pregnancy recommendations are often based on out-of-date information or the belief that USA women about to become mothers are incapable of understanding moderation or ways to mitigate risk during pregnancy and childbirth.

The controversial Russian, ranked 47, lost in the Shenzhen semi-final to Katerina Siniakova and admitted she had "a lot of things to improve on". It is not an exaggeration to state that if Williams hadn't been famous, and especially if she were in a hospital in the inner city or a rural area, she may never have returned home with her daughter.

She is working on her clothing line and investing in tech ventures owned by women and African Americans as well as continuing her philanthropic efforts focused on children and education.

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