Serena Williams: absence makes way for new Australian Open champion

Serena Williams: absence makes way for new Australian Open champion

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?" .

In celebration of her power, Vogue has highlighted five important body positive lessons that the tennis champion has followed over the years and, in turn, hopes to pass on to her baby daughter, from tuning out negativity to learning that beauty isn't one size fits all.

Serena, because of her history of blood clots, immediately believed she was having another pulmonary embolism. When the ultrasound didn't show anything, the doctors finally sent her for a CT scan - which showed that several clots had formed in her lungs. The medical team then found a hematoma had filled her abdomen, caused by the very same blood-thinning drugs that were saving her life. The surgery went well, Serena's husband Alexis cut the chord and the couple's tiny newborn was laid on Serena's chest for the first time. At first, a nurse who was treating Williams suggested that the pain medications she was taking might have been confusing her, but Williams insisted.

Maria Sharapova, however, is the one player who can match Williams' intensity and single-minded desire for success, not to mention her status as a drawcard.

With daughter Olympia now brought into the world, Williams has opted to extend her break, saying: "Although I am super close, I'm not where I want to be". The ultrasound revealed nothing, and according to Vogue, Williams reiterated: "I told you, I need a CT scan and a heparin drip".

Her next grand slam victory will be her 24th, equalling Margaret Court for the most of all-time in women's tennis while the 36-year-old will have to wait until 2019 to try and usurp Thelma Coyne Long as the oldest victor of the Australian Open (35 years and eight months in 1954). She quickly anxious that she was getting blood clots in her lungs, and told the medical staff about her symptoms and concerns.

Tennis legend Serena Williams is widely regarded as one of the greatest athletes on the planet, and perhaps ever. She wasn't prepared for all the different emotions that came along with being a new mom. It's that same negative attitude I have on the court sometimes.

"For me, the biggest thing was when I lost the first six finals of the year, I didn't let it really put me down", the 27-year-old said after her Singapore triumph. "(The) incredible letdown every time you hear the baby cry ... All of these factors can increase the risk of blood clots, she said.

One piece in that series, titled "How Hospitals Are Failing Black Mothers", carries special poignance given Williams' ordeal. Or I'll get angry about the crying, then sad about being angry, and then guilty, like, "Why do I feel so sad when I have a attractive baby?"

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