Serena Williams Opened Up About Struggling With Her Heartbreaking Choice To Give Up Breastfeeding For Tennis

Date June 1, 2018

Last year, Serena Williams gave birth to her first daughter Alexis Olympia.

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The 36-year-old athlete continued to compete even while being pregnant. Her last Slam was 2017 Australian Open.

Since then, Williams has been enjoying motherhood and having some time off competing.


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Now, Serena is returning to tennis. She's been struggling with getting back in shape and didn't expect what it would cost her.

Sacrifice for tennis

At the time of deciding to start getting in shape, Serena weighed 205 pounds. Despite working hard on herself again, Williams failed to see any results.

Her coach quickly identified the problem. Serena was storing too much fat in order to be able to produce milk, so the solution was obvious, as said by her coach Patrick Mouratoglou:

There is no miracle. You stop breastfeeding, you do the right thing every day.

It hit Williams harder than she expected. She didn't know how difficult it would be to give up breastfeeding her daughter.

The connection that it gives me to Olympia — it’s been one of the most magical things I’ve ever experienced.

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But, in the end, Williams said that she needs to get back to playing tennis professionally. She misses it, as she used to live it every day.

The truth is I miss my body, being able to do other kinds of amazing things. I miss playing tennis. Mostly, I miss winning.

Serena will now always have a wonderful bond with her daughter, but it's time to get back to being a winner she's always been.

Bump in the road

Williams' return to tennis will be during 2018 French Open; however, there's one problem.

Due to being on a maternity leave, Serena won't be seeded at the competition. This means she would have to fight her way back to the top and start over in the rankings.

Ivanka Trump was one of Williams' first defenders and expressed her frustration with women's tennis' "ridiculous" maternity rule. 

We can't wait to see Serena competing again and wish her good luck at the French Open.

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