Top News
Will ask PAC to call AG, CAG to know when was Rafale report tabled in Parliament: Mallikarjun Kharge  ||   Rahul picks Gehlot to steer Rajasthan, Sachin is co-pilot  ||   Federal judge rules Affordable Care Act unconstitutional, but appeal will leave coverage intact for now  ||   Ovechkin nets 2nd straight hat trick, Caps top 'Canes in SO  ||   McDavid scores twice as surging Oilers beat Flyers 4-1  ||   How India got its newest chief ministers  ||   Scheifele sends Jets past Blackhawks 4-3 in OT  ||   Stick leads NDSU over Jackrabbits, into FCS title game  ||   Richardson, Olynyk lead late rally as Heat beat Grizzlies  ||   Federal judge rules that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional  ||   Scheifele sends Jets past Blackhawks 4-3 in OT  ||   Suns-Grizzlies-Wizards trade falls through over bizarre miscommunication about player involved  ||   US federal judge rules Obamacare unconstitutional  ||   US federal judge rules Obamacare unconstitutional  ||   Blues' O'Reilly nets short-handed winner after obscure call  ||   Homeless dog with cleft palate passed over until now  ||   13 dogs (and 1 cat) that freak out over their humans’ military homecoming  ||   Devils' winless Cory Schneider can't catch a break, is pulled after scoring on himself  ||   Encounter between security forces, terrorists in J&K's Pulwama  ||   Federal judge rules that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional  ||            

Serena Williams overwhelmed by her own success, reaches Wimbledon final  5 Months ago

Source:   USA Today  

WIMBLEDON, England — In the past 10 months since Serena Williams gave birth to her daughter, Alexis Olympia, the 23-time Grand Slam champion’s discovered there’s no limit to what a mother will endure to have a child.

Secure in reaching her first Wimbledon final since she won here against Angelique Kerber in 2016 — the two will play again for this year’s title on Saturday — Williams was effusive Thursday in describing how blood clots complicated her post-delivery recovery after giving birth.

It was her previous battle with pulmonary embolisms that allowed Williams to self-diagnose and alert medical personnel at the hospital that something was going very wrong.

“It’s crazy,” she said on BBC TV after defeating Julia Goerges 6-2, 6-4 in the semifinals. “I don’t even know how to feel. I literally didn’t expect to do this well in my fourth tournament back in 16 months. I had a really tough delivery, had to have multiple surgeries and almost didn’t make it, to be honest.”

Although Williams, 36, said doctors never told her she wouldn’t be able to return to the game, she did have many “restrictions” as she slowly rebounded from the ordeal. Most revealing in her discussion was how emotionally draining it is to constantly worry about the possibility of another bout with blood clots.

“For me, having to deal with PEs, pulmonary embolisms, is more mentally challenging because I don’t know if I have a pain in my leg, I automatically go to the worst-case scenario,” she said. “I mean, even this week, I had a pain in my leg, and I went to the worst-case scenario: ‘Oh my God, I have a PE in my leg.'

More: Duchess Meghan will watch Serena play in women's final

More: Serena on why she might not be cut out for coaching daughter

More: Rafael Nadal slips by Juan Martin del Potro into Wimbledon semis

“I didn’t know I would have such kind of traumatic thoughts, especially now that I have a daughter. I want to be around as long as I can to support her. It’s interesting how that mental recovery is taking much longer than I expected.”

Despite the danger she faced, the joys of motherhood have made it all worthwhile.

“It’s interesting. I don’t know if it’s been the toughest (thing I’ve faced) because I have Olympia,” Williams said. “For me, I only see joy out of it. In a way, it’s by far the toughest, but in a way it’s by far the best.”

While motherhood might now be her most important role in life, she hasn’t lost any of that desire to compete — and win. And so, after months of being a stay-at-home mom, she decided once healthy enough it was time to go back to work.

There’s been some rocky moments in the 13 matches Williams has played since her return, but the ability to persevere has led her to another potential historical moment.

If she wins an eighth Wimbledon title on Saturday, she will equal Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles. Court’s victories spanned the amateur and Open era years. Williams’ 23 singles trophies at the majors — she won her last at the 2017 Australian Open when she was already pregnant — is an Open era record.

Williams, however, claims tying the record hasn’t been on her mind as she went through the first six matches of this fortnight, which now gives her 92 wins in 102 matches played at Wimbledon.

“To be perfectly honest, I haven’t thought about that this tournament,” she said. “Not even once actually. In fact, I probably forgot about it. It’s just a number. I want to get as many as I can. I still have a match to win, so I’m not even there yet.”

While it’s hard to imagine she really hasn’t given any thought to what is in the offing, it’s also understandable that she has a pretty special distraction to take her mind off of tennis.

The latest report on the Olympia front has the little one on the move and walking.

“She’s moving those feet now, she’s walking, maybe a little too fast,” Williams said, smiling. “She’s trying to go faster than her body will allow her to go.”

In that way it sounds as if Olympia is taking after her mom.

 

 

More News
About Us Terms & Conditions Disclaimer
Advertise Contact
register and win

NRIS.COM is one of the premier NRI website that provides a range of resourceful services to Indian expats residing in the USA. Visiting the site you will find comprehensive information related to restaurants, casinos, pubs, temples, carpool, movies, education, real estate, and forums. The simple and easy to navigate format allows NRIs to gain information within a fraction of a second. Moreover, advertising through its column of Indian free classifieds in USA allow businesses to improve visibility of their brand.

SC NRI's Chat (0 Users Online)