Serena Williams shares her near death experience during child birth

Serena Williams is expected to make her full comeback to tennis in March

Serena Williams is expected to make her full comeback to tennis in March

Injury and illness stalled her initial return to the circuit but a Tianjin Open win in October and run to the Shenzhen Open semi-finals suggests the five-time major victor is nearing her best and the 2008 champion will expect to go deep in Melbourne.

The absence of Williams at the 2018 Australian Open drastically impacts the field in women's singles tennis.

The tennis ace, who delivered a baby girl, named Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., on September 1 previous year, recently shared about post-delivery complications that made her bed-ridden for more than a month.

On December 30, she lost an exhibition match against Jelena Ostapenko, the 2017 French Open champion, at the World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi.Based on this uncharacteristic result, Williams pulled out of the Australian Open, which starts Monday, and continues to train.

She added that being a mother may boost her quest.

She is now eyeing a return to the women's tour at the Indian Wells tournament in March.

The American, who won the title a year ago in Melbourne despite being in the early weeks of pregnancy to take her grand slam tally to 23, decided against trying to defend her title, saying she was not yet fully up to speed.

Her daughter Alexis Olympia was born by emergency Cesarean as her heart rate was low during contractions.

Inevitably, the move has also led to suggestions that the 23-time Grand Slam champion has understandably become distracted by her new responsibilities and no longer has the desire to compete.

A casual reader of the only pregnancy book I suggest to friends, "Expecting Better", can easily see that pregnancy recommendations are often based on out-of-date information or the belief that US women about to become mothers are incapable of understanding moderation or ways to mitigate risk during pregnancy and childbirth.

It's not a secret that I have my sights on 25. I don't need the money or the titles or the prestige.

Sometimes I get really down and feel like, "Man, I can't do this".

"I was happy to change diapers", new dad Alexis shared, "but on top of everything she was going through, the feeling of not being able to help made it even harder".

A CT scan revealed several small blood clots had settled in her lungs, and minutes later she was on a drip. 'And then everything went bad'. Though the doctors were initially skeptical of Williams' self-diagnosis, she was indeed correct about her condition.

With daughter Olympia now brought into the world, Williams has opted to extend her break, saying: "Although I am super close, I'm not where I want to be".

The surgery went well, but Williams, who has a history of blood clots, had complications. The medical team then found a hematoma had filled her abdomen, caused by the very same blood-thinning drugs that were saving her life. The factors which cause this alarming gap include differences in socioeconomic status, access to health care, education and insurance coverage.

She said: "That was an wonderful feeling (being handed her daughter)". "Kerber can come back, I think she had a good winter training camp and did well at the Hopman Cup".