Serena Williams ready to return after 14-month absence

Serena Williams ready to return after 14-month absence

After giving birth, Williams developed blood clots in her lungs that could have been deadly if she had not sensed something was wrong and insisted on an examination that discovered them.

Williams remains motivated to chase down Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 grand slam singles titles but is also hoping to give her now six-month-old daughter a chance to have some memories of watching her mother in action. Williams won the title at the court in 1999 and 2001, before boycotting the event due to racial harassment.

The tennis pro is opening up about her family life. "So when I wear my "S" pin I am representing Strength, and Sureness", she wrote. She ends her post with "Thanks for the support I look forward to seeing you out there!"

Matt Wilansky of reported the American will play her first match since January of a year ago after winning the 2017 Australian Open.

She is playing at Indian Wells under a protected ranking of 22nd. And yet, simultaneously, her case illustrated how forms of privilege like wealth or public exposure do not always shield black women from certain outcomes. At the time, she was eight weeks pregnant.

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Serena Williams' lovely Vogue cover story inspired lots of oohs and aaahs, but the story that accompanied the cover caused quite a stir online. Williams's sister, Yetunde Price was the victim of a drive-by shooting on September 14, 2003, in Compton, as she drove in her SUV with her boyfriend. Williams won, 10 points to five, though that was hardly relevant in the wider context. Then, it just happened, and I was like, 'I don't know.' I just dove right in. It's been fun [getting back to work], I've been having so much fun being a mom, and having time off is good too...

She is now healthy again, but skipped this year's Australian Open because she did not consider herself tournament ready. The siblings could potentially face each other in the third round.

No-one said it would be easy, coming back after so long away, at 36 years old, and with the physical trauma that this remarkable champion has overcome in recent months.

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