The tennis star gave birth last year

Former world tennis number one Serena Williams says she "almost died" after giving birth to her daughter Alexis last year.

The 23-time grand slam winner wrote an article for CNN saying a lung condition caused several complications - and she had to spend six weeks in bed recovering.

She wrote, 'It began with a pulmonary embolism, which is a condition in which one or more arteries in the lungs becomes blocked by a blood clot.' She continued, 'This sparked a slew of health complications that I am lucky to have survived.'

Williams returned to the sport alongside her sister Venus in America's Fed Cup win over the Netherlands earlier this month.


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