Serena Williams Opens Up About Her Difficult Decision to Stop Breastfeeding

Heather Diaz
July 5, 2018

Serena Williams powered to her 16th successive win at Wimbledon as the seven-time champion routed Bulgarian qualifier Viktoriya Tomova 6-1, 6-4 on Wednesday. I remember in Australia one year she hadn't played and was ranked outside the top 100 and she won. Speaking at a press conference ahead of the tournament, Serena spoke about the tough decision to stop breastfeeding her only daughter, who goes by her middle name Olympia, in order to return to her world-class athletic form.

"She definitely played well the first set and I definitely gave her a few errors as well", Williams explained later in her on-court interview.

The 36-year-old took some time to get up to speed, but overcame Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands 7-5 6-3 in her quest for an eighth Wimbledon title. "For my body, [breastfeeding] didn't work, no matter how much I worked out, no matter how much I did; it didn't work for me". "For me, it was really important to make it through three months, then it was important to make it to four months", she said. But her next opponent, France's Kristina Mladenovic, offers a real threat. "And I told her, 'Look, I'm going to stop". I have been wearing trousers in general a lot when I play so I can keep, you know, the blood circulation going.

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"It's questionable which type of player can push her into long rallies on this surface". "I literally sat Olympia in my arms, I talked to her, we prayed about it". "We in it together", she added.

The tennis star has previously worn an all-in-one black catsuit at the French Open to also help with her circulation. But she was forced to pull out of the French before her match against Maria Sharapova with a pectoral injury.

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