Published: Fri, June 01, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Serena Williams Opens Up About Struggling With Postpartum Depression

Serena Williams Opens Up About Struggling With Postpartum Depression

"I don't know any player who would say they want their kid to play tennis", she said.

Not only did she win her first Grand Slam match against Czech Republic's Kristyna Pliskova in a 7-6, 6-4 first-round victory, but she did so as an unseeded player-she is now ranked 451st in the world-and was up against one of the highest ranking players in the French Open.

Williams welcomed daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr in September previous year with husband Alexis Ohanian, and she has previously told of the life-threatening health complications that arose during the birth. "We designed it way before the movie, but still, it kind of reminds me of that".

Williams is ranked only 451st this week, because of her extended absence from the tour.

Serena Williams graces the cover of the latest issue of Harper's Bazaar UK and talks to the magazine about both the joys and struggles of becoming a mother. "No matter what, that's my priority", Williams said after her 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 win over Pliskova.

But Olympia was not present, leaving Serena to admit that the urge to get home to see her daughter was giving her a fresh perspective on a career which has spanned 3 decades.

"And I think just what an opportunity".

The top seed eventually claimed victory on a third match point when Bolelli dumped a forehand into the net.

Serena Williams made a winning return to Grand Slam tennis which was as memorable as her body-hugging black catsuit when she reached the Roland Garros second round on Tuesday, AFP reports.

Tuesday's match was the first at a major tournament for the 23-time Grand Slam champion in 16 months. I want to play my game, regardless of who is on the other side.

Whatever happens over the next two weeks, Williams insists her family priorities have eased the expectations on her as a player.

What she lacked on Thursday was a more reliable first serve (she put just 55 percent into play) and a more reliable forehand under duress as Williams started to find her range and attack.

In the duo's only previous meeting, which happened at the 2014 Australian Open, Barty was beaten 6-2, 6-1. Barty has won four of her last five matches on clay court.

"I feel like a warrior wearing it, a queen from Wakanda [a reference to the Black Panther movie] maybe", she said. But the good news is I feel like I'm definitely going to get there.

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