Serena Williams opens up about postpartum emotions: I felt like I was not a good mom

Serena Williams pensive

Former world No 1 Serena Williams has opened up about her “postpartum emotions” after a difficult week.

The 23-time Grand Slam winner suffered the worst defeat of her career in the first round of the Silicon Valley Classic as she went down 6-1, 6-0 to Great Britain’s Johanna Konta.

She was due to play in the Rogers Cup on Monday, but withdrew on Saturday, citing “personal reasons”.

The 36-year-old has only played in five tournaments since she returned to the WTA Tour following the birth of her daughter Olympia in September last year.

In an emotional Instagram post, she admitted life is not easy.

“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!”