'I don't need more Grand Slam titles

Serena's absence opens the door- Australian Open women's singles in Opta facts

Serena's absence opens the door- Australian Open women's singles in Opta facts

Williams said she has broken down frequently since becoming a mother.

One former champion who will not be at Melbourne Park is Victoria Azarenka, whose protracted custody battle for her young son has prevented the Belarusian from playing since Wimbledon last July. Now, for the first time since, Williams is opening up about her birth experience - and the complications that followed.

Williams said her pregnancy was relatively easy, but the complications began when her daughter was born via C-section after Williams' heart rate dropped.

It has been a whirlwind 12 months for Williams since beating sister Venus at last year's Australian Open, as not only has she become a mother, she has also got married.

Because she had been taking blood-thinners to dispel the clots, the medication caused bleeding at the site of the Caesarian section. Over the next few days, Williams was back in surgery after one of her C-section scars popped open after she experienced coughing spells. And since plans for a night nurse didn't work out, much of the responsibility with the baby fell on Alexis Sr. "Consider for a moment that your body is one of the greatest things on this planet, and you're trapped in it".

With Muguruza an injury doubt after withdrawing from her first two events of the year, Ukrainian Elina Svitolina, improving Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia and Julia Goerges of Germany will also attract backing after solid early form.

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She said: "Sometimes I get really down and feel like, Man, I can't do this". It's that same negative attitude I have on the court sometimes. I didn't have that", the new mom said, while Alexis pondered: "She's obviously going to have a very special life, but there are enough cautionary tales about kids who grow up in the spotlight. No one talks about the low moments-the pressure you feel, the incredible letdown every time you hear the baby cry.

"Knowing I've got this attractive baby to go home to makes me feel like I don't have to play another match". The emotions are insane. "I want to teach her that there are no limits".

"I was happy to change diapers", Ohanian explained to Vogue. I don't regret it, but it's like Sliding Doors: Go through a different door and lead a different life. Had she not ardently spoken up about her symptoms, Williams may have lost her life. "I didn't have that". If not, let me refresh your memory: This tennis phenom is a 23-time Grand Slam Singles and 14-time Grand Slam Doubles victor who won her most previous Australian Open title while eight weeks pregnant.

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 US women about to become mothers are incapable of understanding moderation or ways to mitigate risk during pregnancy and childbirth.

Although she will play no part at Melbourne Park over the next two weeks, Williams' sparkling record can not be ignored. Advertisement "If Serena Williams with all her money, power, access, and reach had her voice IGNORED", asked activist Leslie Mac, "What do you think happens to poor, immigrant black women?" . Her story is a reminder that women, all women, are their own strongest advocates.

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