However, it became a sore point between the player and her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, who told her tennis would have to be “priority number one” if she wished to be successful.
The player said when she arrived in France for the clay court training earlier this year, Mouratoglou told her she should stop breastfeeding for the sake of her performance.
“It’s absolutely hard to take from a guy,” Williams told Time Magazine. “He’s not a woman, he doesn’t understand that connection, that the best time of the day for me was when I tried to feed her.
Days after our baby girl was born, I kissed my wife goodbye before surgery and neither of us knew if she would be coming back. We just wanted her to survive—10 months later, she’s in the #Wimbledon final. Congratulations, @angie.kerber. @serenawilliams will be holding a trophy again soon—she’s got the greatest one waiting at home for her. Our family knows she’ll win many more trophies, too. She’s just getting started. And I couldn’t be more proud.
“I’ve spent my whole life making everyone happy, just servicing it seems like everyone. And this is something I wanted to do.
She dedicated her performance to “all the mums out there”, coming just 10 months after she suffered life-threatening complications following an emergency caesarean section.
She suffered the worst defeat of her grand slam career when she lost to Britain’s Johanna Konta in San Jose, California at the end of the month.