Serena Williams: absence makes way for new Australian Open champion

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Serena Williams says she had a relatively easy pregnancy with Olympia.

A less talked about reason why the disparity exists is the implicit bias medical professionals may have toward Black women and how to best handle their treatment. With her insurmountable tennis record, ability to overcome obstacles, new marriage and recent delivery to her baby Alexis Olympia, the champion has reminded us all what it means to be successful. Vogue reports that Olympia's heart rate dropped dangerously low, prompting the c-section. Thankfully, the surgery was successful and a handsome, healthy baby emerged.

Williams has a history of blood clots (she suffered a fall in 2011 that led to a pulmonary embolism) so when she started feeling short of breath the next day in the hospital, she knew something was wrong. Not wanting to worry her visiting mother, Williams stepped into the hall and flagged a nearby nurse, insisting that she needed an IV with heparin, a blood thinner, and a CT scan to check for clots.The nurse believed that medications might have befuddled Williams, Vogue says, but a doctor arrived - only to perform an ultrasound, and not the CT scan that Williams believed she needed. Coughing from the embolism caused her incision to open up. This unraveled into further medical issues including a large hematoma found in her abdomen and hemorrhaging. 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. "The end was unbelievable when I saw the ball in I went insane, I was so happy". "I was happy to change diapers", Ohanian, who married Williams in November, told Vogue, adding that the hardest part was "not being able to help".

Tennis legend Serena Williams is widely regarded as one of the greatest athletes on the planet, and perhaps ever.

Although she will play no part at Melbourne Park over the next two weeks, Williams' sparkling record can not be ignored. It's that same negative attitude I have on the court sometimes. Serena Williams is just one of many Black moms who experience serious complications during or after childbirth, and is more clear evidence that not enough is being done to make sure Glack moms get the treatment they deserve. "(The) incredible letdown every time you hear the baby cry ...

Williams said she has broken down frequently since becoming a mother. She's one of the highest ranked tennis players in the world.

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"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.

"It's not a secret that I have my sights on 25", said the 36-year-old Williams.

"Knowing I've got this lovely baby to go home to makes me feel like I don't have to play another match". The ultrasound revealed nothing, and according to Vogue, Williams reiterated: "I told you, I need a CT scan and a heparin drip".

Simona Halep, meanwhile, shouldn't need to prove a point given she tops the world rankings.

Sometimes I get really down and feel like, "Man, I can't do this".

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