Serena Williams Picks Up Her Tennis Racket 5 Months After Giving Birth
Serena Williams shows proof that she can balance her career and parenthood.
Five months after giving birth to her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian, Williams will return to the court for the Fed Cup.
According to ESPN, Williams will compete for the United States against Netherlands alongside her sister, Venus Williams, on Feb 10 and 11.
This will be Williams' first competitive match since 2015 and it is also the first time in three years that either of the sisters has been on TEAM USA.
The match looks pretty promising as the USTA pointed out that the team has never lost with both sisters playing.
Serena Makes A Comeback
In April 2017, shortly after revealing her pregnancy, the 36-year-old confirmed that she would sit out the rest of the 2017 tennis season and return to the court in the new year.
However, in December 2017, Williams faced a loss at an exhibition match against Jelena Ostapeniko, which led her to decide to withdraw from the Australian Open.
Earlier this month, the tennis pro took to Snapchat to explain that she didn't feel that she was full ready to compete.
"After performing in my first match after giving birth I realized that although I am super close I'm not where I personally want to be," Williams wrote.
In an interview with Vogue, the first-time mom revealed that she had a medical scare following the birth of her baby girl.
Williams explained that in the middle of her emergency C-section, her incision popped open and she had to undergo surgery to remove an abdominal hematoma caused by a blood thinner she had taken for clots. The surgery caused her to be bedridden for an additional six weeks.
In September 2017, Williams welcomed her first child with her husband, Alexis Ohanian.
The athlete learned that she was expecting shortly before winning the Australian Open against Pauline Parmentier in January.
Although she experienced some complications during her pregnancy, she feels that she is better because of her daughter.
The tennis champ stated that when she's too anxious she loses matches and that the birth of her daughter made the anxiety disappear.
Williams further explained that knowing she has a beautiful baby to go home to makes her feel like she doesn't have to play another match again.