Serena Williams and Daughter Alexis Olympia Cover Vogue Together

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"I hate playing her because she gets this look on her face where she just looks sad if she's losing - solemn", Serena said.

In a recent interview, tennis champion Serena Williams opened up about the circumstances of her daughter's birth - and unfortunately, the joyful experience was tainted with life-threatening terror.

Based on this uncharacteristic result, Williams pulled out of the Australian Open, which starts Monday, and continues to train. "She returned yet again to the OR to have a filter inserted into a major vein, in order to prevent more clots from dislodging and traveling into her lungs".

Serena also said in the interview she hopes her daughter has her drive and pursues whatever she wants. She is targeting at least one more Grand Slam title than the current record-holder, Margaret Court, who won 24. "But on top of everything she was going through, the feeling of not being able to help made it even harder". "When I'm too anxious, I lose matches, and I feel like a lot of that anxiety disappeared when Olympia was born".

"Knowing I've got this lovely baby to go home to makes me feel like I don't have to play another match", she explained.

"I don't need the money or the titles or the prestige", she said. I'm not sure why we think that way, but I know that we're sometimes taught to not dream as big as men, not to believe we can be a president or a CEO, when in the same household, a male child is told he can be anything he wants. "That's a different feeling for me".

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Williams, 36, opened up to Vogue for the magazine's February issue - sharing the cover with her baby - and talked about her "greatest medical ordeal" that began with the emergency C-section.

Williams was off the anticoagulant she takes daily because of the surgery and she "immediately assumed" she was having another embolism. A CT scan showed that she had several small clots in her lungs and she was put on a drip.

"I was like, listen to Dr. Williams!" she joked.

Serena Williams has her sights set on returning to world No 1 in tennis once she returns to the circuit after her maternity break.

Serena Williams' daughter knows how to strike a pose! "I want to teach her that there are no limits".

"That was an incredible feeling", Williams said when she heard Alexis' first cry. "I think that's when the turning point came in our rivalry, when I stopped looking at her".