“Spent Days in Recovery Fighting For Her Life”: Serena Williams’ Husband Reveals Complications During Delivery of Olympia

Published 05/04/2021, 12:30 PM EDT
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – JANUARY 12: Serena Williams of the USA celebrates with daughter Alexis Olympia after winning the final match against Jessica Pegula of USA at ASB Tennis Centre on January 12, 2020 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)


Serena Williams has a special connection with her 3-year-old daughter Olympia. The mother-daughter pair is quite active and popular on social media, as Serena often posts about the day-to-day activities of her daughter there.

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In a recent article, Serena Williams’ husband Alexis Ohanian wrote about the difficulties Serena faced during and after the birth of her daughter. Fans know that the tennis queen is a fighter on the court, but she proved that she is definitely a warrior off the court as well. Alexis highlighted that it took his wife many days before she could fully recover from her surgery.

LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY – AUGUST 14: Serena Williams serves during her match against Shelby Rogers during Top Seed Open – Day 5 at the Top Seed Tennis Club on August 14, 2020, in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

“Then came Olympia, after near-fatal complications forced my wife, Serena, to undergo an emergency C-section. Serena spent days in recovery fighting for her life against pulmonary embolisms,” wrote Alexis in the article.

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Olympia was born on September 1, 2017. Williams took a break from tennis that year shortly after winning the Australian Open 2017 – her last Grand Slam title. She was two months pregnant at that time but fought really hard to claim her 23rd major in Melbourne.

Alexis Ohanian discloses that Serena Williams was not able to walk after the delivery of Olympia

Alexis further revealed the post-surgery problems and challenges that his wife faced. He mentioned that she was under immense pain after the delivery of Olympia. He also stated that Serena was on constant medication after that and was not able to walk at all.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK: Serena Williams of the United States returns the ball during her Women’s Singles semifinal match against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus on Day Eleven of the 2020 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

“When we came home with our baby girl, Serena had a hole in her abdomen that needed bandage changes daily. She was on medication. She couldn’t walk,” added Alexis.

In a situation like this, most athletes call off their careers and take care of their children. However, Serena overcame the pain and also made an incredible comeback on the court.

Serena Williams is at the Mouratoglou Academy right now. She is not playing at the Mutua Madrid Open 2021 but will return to the court at the Italian Open 2021. After that, she’ll head to Paris for the French Open 2021 – a Grand Slam that she hasn’t won since 2015.

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Will Serena be able to beat the odds and win her first Grand Slam after the birth of her daughter?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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