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Serena Williams reveals she's suffering 'postpartum emotions' and wants other moms to kn


Tennis star Serena Williams revealed Monday she felt like she was "not a good mom" and was "in a funk" before pulling out of the Rogers Cup.

'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,' the 36-year-old athlete - who boasts 24.8M social media followers - admitted.

'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.'

Serena suffered the worst defeat of her tennis career on August 1 when she lost to British number one Johanna Konta in the first round of the Silicon Valley Classic.

In an Instagram statement she posted on on Monday, Williams described her experience of handling the challenges of motherhood while seeking further glory.

Serena wrote: "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."

See her post below:

I have so many things on my mind, I don't have time to be shocked about a loss.' .

'I clearly wasn't at my best. When I was out there, I was fighting. I wasn't just giving it away. I was moving a lot better. I'm just trying to take the positives. I think [Johanna] played well in the second set. I wasn't sharp at all in the first set, and she got more confident from there. She clearly ran away with it.'

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'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'

'I don't have time to be shocked about a loss': The four-time Olympic gold medalist previously admitted she could have played 'a zillion times better' against British player Johanna Konta (R), who beat her 6-1, 6-0 during their 52-minute match (pictured on July 31)

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'I clearly wasn't at my best': It was the fifth tournament Serena competed in since welcoming her first child with husband, Initialized Capital General Partner Alexis Ohania

'I have so many things on my mind': On Saturday, Williams cited 'personal reasons' for pulling out of her match Monday at Montreal's Rogers Cup

On Saturday, Serena cited 'personal reasons' for pulling out of her match Monday against France's Alizé Cornet at Montreal's Rogers Cup.

My view: Serena the best thing to do is to take time off to re-prioritize your life, or retire, as you've done it all and concentrate on your clothing line. You'll be alright regardless of the outcome. No one can have it all, something is always got to give, especially when you're feeling this way, by taking things too hard on yourself, you're a good mother, take care of your stunningly beautiful daughter, she should be your priority now, you have got enough money to survive, millions of women around the world would love to be in your position, your husband Alexis Ohanian is also there to support you.