Serena Williams Withdraws From Rogers Cup, Says Motherhood Is Bigger Responsibility

| August 7 , 2018 , 20:22 IST

The 23-times Grand Slam winner Serena Williams who had returned to tennis earlier this year said she pulled out of Rogers Cup in Canada after feeling like she was "in a funk" and "not a good mom."

The former No.1 champion initially withdrew from the tournament citing "personal reasons".  

She reached the Wimbledon final in July but last week suffered the heaviest defeat of her career as British No 1 Johanna Konta hammered Williams 6-1, 6-0 inside 52 minutes and the American then withdrew from the Rogers Cup a few days later.

Williams posted on Instagram and explained that she had been struggling with post-natal emotions but went on to stress such feelings were "totally normal" and urged other mothers not to suffer in silence.

The American Tennis player further added, "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".

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Serena Williams also said, "I read several articles that said postpartum emotions can last up to three 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".

She revealed that "It's totally normal to feel like I'm not doing enough for my baby.

"Most of you moms deal with the same thing. I'm here to say if you are having a rough day or week - it's OK - I am, too!" said Serena Williams