Serena Williams Opens Up About Her Fight with Postpartum Despair: ‘I Wished to Be Perfect’

Motherhood has been a 1-of-a-variety, existence-altering expertise for Serena Williams, but it has not been straightforward 24/7.

In her July include tale for Harper’s Bazaar UK, the 23-time Grand Slam champ opened up about some of the much more challenging elements of existence given that welcoming daughter Alexis Olympia, now 8 months.

“Honestly, occasionally I nevertheless believe I have to offer with it,” admits Williams, 36, of her wrestle with postpartum melancholy. (Following Olympia’s start by way of unexpected emergency cesarean area, the athlete also experienced a in close proximity to-dying expertise involving pulmonary embolism.)

“I believe individuals want to speak about it much more since it is practically like the fourth trimester, it is element of the being pregnant,” she points out. “I don’t forget 1 working day, I could not locate Olympia’s bottle and I obtained so upset I commenced crying … since I desired to be ideal for her.”

But general, Williams is assured she has been a excellent part design for her child lady. “I hope I am, and I’m heading to try to be the very best mother I can be,” she states.


Serena Williams for Harper’s Bazaar
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Irrespective of her mama’s intent, Olympia has currently taken an fascination in tennis — but Williams has considerably distinct ambitions for her daughter.

“I do not know any participant who would say they want their child to enjoy tennis,” she states, referring to the sacrifices she has experienced to manufactured to excel in the activity. (She does credit score child Olympia with her Australian Open up acquire, although, which she clinched early on in her being pregnant in January 2017.)

“Outside of the Mandarin tutor and the French tutor, which I’m genuinely critical about, and of system ballet, I have no desires for her,” Williams states. “I want to enable her do no matter what she desires to do, as lengthy as it is constructive. Usually try out to be an addition to culture, not a subtraction.”

Courtesy of Harper’s Bazaar United kingdom/Richard Phibbs


A single issue Williams is not perspiring is acquiring down to a clothes dimension she earlier established as a aim for herself 14 several years in the past, at age 22.

“Oh God, I’ll never ever be a dimension 4! Why would I want to do that, and be that?” she states, introducing whilst gesturing towards her bicep, “This is me, and this is my weapon and equipment. But I adore that I stated that, since I can recognize.”

“I can present Olympia that I struggled, but now I’m pleased with who I am and what I am and what I search like,” carries on the sporting activities star. “Olympia was born and she experienced my arms, and rather of getting unhappy and fearful about what individuals would say about her, I was just so pleased.”

Serena Williams covers Harper’s Bazaar‘s July problem
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The million-greenback concern: Will Olympia be acquiring a sibling from her mother and father Alexis Ohanian? “If I was not taking part in tennis, I’d be expecting proper now – sorry, I’m 1 of these females,” Williams states with a chortle. “I’ve been hurt so several instances, and performed on it, my entire body is utilized to changing.”

“I instructed Alexis, I hope it is an additional lady. Olympia demands a small sister, and then we can have a boy,” she shares. “I’ve only been all around women my total existence.”