Serena Williams has had it better on the tennis court with 23 grand slams which could have been 24 were she not beaten by Angelique Kerber in Wimbledon 2018.

The former world number one had just returned from almost a year following the birth of daughter, Olympia.

Ranked 26 in the world, Serena experienced the greatest defeat of her career last week, losing twelve straight games 6-1, 6-0 to British number one and WTA 48th ranked player, Johanna Konta.

The 36-year-old says her struggles with motherhood and post-partum stress have not made things easier for her that she didn’t feel like a good mum.

Last week was not easy for me. Not only was I accepting some tough personal stuff, but I just was in a funk. Mostly, I felt like I was not a good mom. I read several articles that said postpartum emotions can last up to 3 years if not dealt with. I like communication best. Talking things through with my mom, my sisters, my friends let me know that my feelings are totally normal. It’s totally normal to feel like I’m not doing enough for my baby. We have all been there. I work a lot, I train, and I’m trying to be the best athlete I can be. However, that means although I have been with her every day of her life, I’m not around as much as I would like to be. Most of you moms deal with the same thing. Whether stay-at-home or working, finding that balance with kids is a true art. You are the true heroes. I’m here to say: if you are having a rough day or week–it’s ok–I am, too!!! There’s always tomm!

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“Last week was not easy for me. Not only was I accepting some tough personal stuff, but I just was in a funk. Mostly, I felt like I was not a good mom,” Serena said.

“I read several articles that said postpartum emotions can last up to 3 years if not dealt with.”

She added: “It’s totally normal to feel like I’m not doing enough for my baby.

“We have all been there. I work a lot, I train, and I’m trying to be the best athlete I can be.”

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