Serena Williams: Statistics on deaths in pregnancy or childbirth 'heartbreaking'

Mae Harvey
March 9, 2018

"I do not know if my shoulder and my knees are going to hold, there are so many question marks", she said.

The athlete recently revealed on Instagram that she created a gold-plated "S" pin that stands for the athlete's name, as well as "Strength" and 'Sureness'.

After using the time to work on her fitness, Williams featured in a Fed Cup doubles match for the United States last month and is scheduled to play at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells which starts this week.

Williams hopes returning to action now will stand her in good stead for the year's three remaining grand slams, adding: "If I want to play in those grand slams and play well then now is the ideal time to start".

In her first singles match in almost 14 months, since winning the 2017 Australian Open while pregnant, Williams looked understandably rusty in front of a large centre court crowd. What would your "S" mean? Both were on hard courts, the first being at Indian Wells in 2015 and the second being at the Miami Masters in 2016. "Post pics of you wearing your "S" and tag me!" she continued.

In recent years, as the pre-eminent sportswoman of her generation and one of the world's most influential figures, Williams has begun to speak more freely about issues which concern her.

In November 2008, she commissioned her first school under the same name in Matooni, about 50km from the newer school. "I just want to do the best that I can". "I feel so lucky to be out here, and I'm ready to play".

"It was incredible", Williams said on court after the match.

"Doctors aren't listening to us, just to be quite frank", Serena recently told the BBC.

She says post-childbirth health complications that included blood clots in her lungs were nearly fatal.

Ohanian recruited the help of AdQuick to pull off the billboard surprise for his wife which included four oversize photos of baby Alexis alongside the acronym G.M.O.A.T. She smiled as she walked to the net, and her family gave her a standing ovation.

In one respect, she has already beaten the Australian.

Equalling and then overtaking that landmark figure is what is driving Williams, 36, to return to action. BT Sport is the live home of 52 WTA events per season - find out how we get you live in just 15 minutes right here.

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