Just ten months later
For a start, Serena almost never made it this far. Her daughter, Olympia, was born by caesarean section but with a long history of blood clots, that caused major complications for the former champion.
“It's no secret I had a super tough delivery,” Serena said. “I lost count after, like, four surgeries because I was in so many surgeries. It was just routine every day, I had to have a new surgery.
“Because of all the blood issues I have, I was really touch-and-go for a minute. I didn't actually know until after my agent, Jill, who is actually more of a friend, but she was saying how much stress it was. I'm glad no one told me at the time I was going through that. Yeah, it was tough. There was a time I could barely walk to my mailbox.”
But just 10 months later, she is back and is, round by round, edging her way back to her best. She is not yet at peak fitness but her tennis and her understanding of how to win has not diminished.