Serena Williams Once Admitted How a Grueling, Near-Death Pregnancy Experience Added a New Layer to Her Persona- ‘Let It Hurt a Little’

Published 11/24/2022, 1:33 PM EST

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The American tennis icon, Serena Williams has overcome many barriers in order to achieve success on the tennis court during her journey. When she was just 14 years old, Williams started to outclass some of the top players with her power and brilliance on the tennis court.  However, things drastically changed for the 23-time singles Grand Slam champion when she became pregnant with her daughter.

Williams previously revealed that she faced major health issues while giving birth to Olympia. Later on, the former Wimbledon champion also revealed that she also made some major changes to her lifestyle after having her daughter. Serena further talked about adding a new layer to her persona after her pregnancy.


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Serena Williams once talked about her lifestyle after having Olympia

After tying the knot with Reddit cofounder, Alexis Ohanian, Serena gave birth to her daughter, Olympia. However, Serena Williams, with her long history of clots in the lungs, faced major pregnancy-related issues while giving birth to Olympia.

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Additionally, the former US Open champion once talked about making changes to her persona after the birth of Olympia. Williams once featured in an interview where she was asked if her lifestyle got easier since having her daughter.


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The former Wimbledon champion answered“It’s hard to determine now what’s good pain and what’s bad pain. When you have a baby, your body is able to go through so much more. I’m able to endure more now. So I let it hurt a little more.”

She added, “It makes you think, ‘If I can have a baby, and if I could endure that much pain, I can run an extra ten or twenty minutes.’

However, Willams also revealed that physically she still facing issues.

Serena added, “Physically, it’s still tough trying to get back to myself. But I’m doing it.”

Williams won a Grand Slam title when she was pregnant


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A plethora of fans were shocked to see the American tennis star outshining some of the top players on tour at the Australian Open while being pregnant.


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The former world No. 1  tennis player added another Grand Slam title under her belt when she was close to two months pregnant. During the tournament, Serena was accompanied by her partner. The couple further revealed that they were engaged during the Grand Slam tournament.



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Anurag Gusain


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Anurag Gusain is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. He has completed his Bachelor’s degree in English from Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, Delhi University. Being a huge tennis fan, he enjoys watching superstar Rafael Nadal play.
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Arijit Saha