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Serena Williams and Daughter Alexis Olympia Cover Vogue Together

Serena Williams and Daughter Alexis Olympia Cover Vogue Together

Serena William's daughter Olympia Ohanian already made history when she helped her mom (from within the womb) win the Australian Open nearly a year ago.

Her husband Alexis Ohanian was more than willing to help with the baby, but felt powerless during his wife's struggle.

The 36-year-old first-time mom confessed that she'd had "an enviably easy pregnancy" until her scary labor experience.

Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. was born September 1 by emergency C-section after Williams' heart rate went too low during contractions. The actual C-section went well, but complications the next day nearly killed the tennis superstar.

She told Vogue: "That was an fantastic feeling [being handed her daughter]".

The surgery went well "and then everything went bad", she said.




The next day while still in the hospital, Williams suddenly fell short of breath.

With already 206K followers on Instagram, it is clear that baby Olympia is a star alongside her mommy. An emergency c-section and a relapse of a life-threatening pulmonary embolism might have delayed her intended return to competitive tennis by two months after ambitiously setting sights on Australian Open for her comeback, but that's only because she is focused on achieving bigger targets, as she has revealed in a detailed interview in Vogue. Coughing also caused her C-section wound to open, leading to more surgeries.

Williams went home a week later, but was unable to leave her bed for six weeks. "Knowing I've got this attractive baby to go home to makes me feel like I don't have to play another match".

'It's that same negative attitude I have on the court sometimes. "I hate playing her because she gets this look on her face where she just looks sad if she's losing".

"No one talks about the low moments - the pressure you feel, the incredible letdown every time you hear the baby cry", Williams said. "I'm not sure why we think that way, but I know that we're sometimes taught to not dream as big as men, not to believe we can be a president or a CEO, when in the same household, a male child is told he can be anything he wants".

But that's not to be confused with the idea that Serena is anxious about reclaiming her spot as number one when she returns. "Knowing I've got this attractive baby to go home to makes me feel like I don't have to play another match".


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