Serena Williams is currently facing one of the toughest periods in her career since she debuted in October 1995.

The 36-year-old has never had a bad season for a long time as she has since her return to the court, after childbirth.

She lost to Wimbledon champion, Angelique Kerber, in two straight sets, 6-3, 6-3, missing out on her 24th Grand Slam.

Serena again witnessed her worst career loss 6-1, 6-0 to British number one, Johanna Konta, at the Silicon Valley Classic.

Her recent woes and poor results were attributed to post-partum stress as she revealed what it has been struggling with motherhood and being an athlete.

The 23-time grand slammer still may be having it tough with her drop down the WTA latest ranking – dropping from 26 in July to 27 in August.

After pulling out of the Rogers Cup early this month, Serena returned to court in the Cincinnati Western and Southern Open.

The former world-number one lost 6-3, 2-6, 6-3, to world number six, Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic.

The loss, which is her second heaviest defeat after Konta’s begins the journey of a “long comeback” for Serena.

“I’m still at the very beginning,” Serena said after her loss to Kvitova who is also returning to the court after childbirth.

“I’m just going to continue to work hard, and hopefully I’ll start winning more matches.”

Kvitova, though, congratulates her opponent for putting up a fight.

“It was a pleasure to share the court with Serena, she’s such a champion,” Kvitova complimented.

“We are both coming back – from injury, from motherhood – so it’s something really special to play her.”

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