Serena Williams returned to competitive tennis five months after giving birth. But how did the tennis legend bounce back so fast?
For the first time in more than a year, Serena Williams is set to return to competitive tennis for the Fed Cup, which was announced by the U.S Tennis Association this Tuesday. The tournament, set to take place this February, will be her first official game since her and newlywed husband Alexis Ohanian, welcomed their daughter Alexis Olympia on September 1, 2017.
The 36-year-old will play her first round matches against the Netherlands on Feb. 10 – 11. Luckily, Serena won’t be alone! For the first time in over two years, both Serena and Venus will be playing on the same team to defend the country’s Fed Cup championship. Serena Williams was scheduled to appear and compete in the Australian Open but unfortunately withdrew 12 days before the start of the tournament.
The 23-time Grand Slam champion told PEOPLE on Jan. 4 that “after performing in my first match after giving birth I realized that although I am super close, I’m not where I personally want to be”. The tennis star has always had a go-getter attitude when it came to the sport and was “disappointed” when she decided not to compete in the Australian Open this year.
When news broke regarding Williams’ pregnancy and how she was already expecting for 20 weeks, fans did the math and turns out Williams was nearly 2 months pregnant when she won her 23rd Grand Slam title. Talk about setting the bar high! After Williams had given birth, she encountered a few medical scares including her battle with a pulmonary embolism for six days that led to multiple surgeries.
However, Williams is back and better than ever! After countless training sessions, and getting back into the swing of things, no pun intended, she is back and ready to reclaim her throne. If there is anyone who can change the game, it’s undoubtedly Serena Williams. We are more than thrilled that she is set to make her return and cannot wait to see her do what she does best. Catch Serena and sister Venus Williams Feb. 10 during their first match in Ashville, North Carolina.