WHAT REALLY IT’S LIKE TO BE >>Reporter: ON THE TENNIS COURT, SERENA WILLIAMS DOESN’T HOLD BACK. BUT WHEN IT COMES TO SHARING DETAILS ABOUT HER PRIVATE LIFE, THAT’S BEEN A DIFFERENT STORY — UNTIL NOW. THE 36-YEAR-OLD SUPERSTAR OPENING UP LIKE NEVER BEFORE AFTER EARNING TWO NEW TITLES WITHIN A MATTER OF MONTHS. NEITHER OF WHICH HAVING ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE SPORT SHE’S DOMINATED FOR TWO DECADES.>>FIRST OF ALL, CONGRATULATIONS. YOU’RE MARRIED. YOU HAVE A BABY. HOW ARE YOU TAKING ON THESE NEW TITLES, WIFE AND MOM?>>I’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A MOM AND I’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO BE MARRIED AND IT KIND OF ALL HAPPENED AT ONCE. >>Reporter: WILLIAMS, EXPERIENCING A GAME-CHANGING YEAR IN 2017. IN JANUARY, SHE DEFEATED HER OLDEST SISTER VENUS AT THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN WINNING HER 23rd GRAND SLAM TITLE, JUST ONE SHY OF THE RECORD. AS WILLIAMS HELD UP THE TROPHY, SHE WAS ALSO HOLDING ON TO A SECRET. SHE WAS TWO MONTHS PREGNANT. IN SEPTEMBER, WILLIAMS AND THEN FIANCEE REDDIT CO-FOUND ALEXIS OHANIAN. TWO MONTHS LATER TIED THE KNOT. >>FEEL LIKE A PRO?>>TOTALLY LEARNING THE ROPES. EVERY DAY IS NEW TO ME. IT’S ALWAYS SOMETHING DIFFERENT. I DIDN’T REALLY — I DON’T REALLY KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT WITH A BABY. IT’S ALL SOMETHING FRESH AND NEW. WITHOUT FEAR, WITHOUT DOUBT, WITHOUT DISCOMFORT, WHAT IS THERE FOR A PERSON TO OVERCOME?>>Reporter: A JOURNEY, WILLIAMS DECIDED TO SHARE IN A NEW FIVE-PART DOCUSERIES ON HBO CALLED “BEING SERENA.” THE SHOW OFFERING AN INTIMATE LOOK INSIDE HER PERSONAL LIFE. THE WOMAN SHE BECOMES THE MOMENT SHE STEPS OFF THE COURT. CAMERAS FOLLOWING WILLIAMS THROUGHOUT HER PREGNANCY. >>I DON’T WANT IT TO HURT, THOUGH. >>YOU GOT THIS, BABY. >>Reporter: AND EVEN INTO THE HOSPITAL WHERE WILLIAMS FACED LIFE-THREATENING COMPLICATIONS AFTER GIVING BIRTH TO OLYMPIA VIA EMERGENCY C-SECTION. >>I CAN’T BELIEVE HOW MUCH WENT WRONG ON MY WAY TO MEETING HER. I ALMOST DIED. >>CAN YOU TELL US WHAT HAPPENED?>>PULMONARY EMBOLISM IN MY LUNG, CLOT IN HIGH LEG AND INSERT ADD FILTER IN ME TO KEEP ANYMORE BLOOD CLOTS FROM COMING AND FORMING. >>YOU SIGN UP TO DO THIS DOCUMENTARY, HAVE NO IDEA THERE WILL BE THESE COMPLICATIONS AFTER YOU GIVE BIRTH. DO YOU REMEMBER ALL OF THOSE MOMENTS?>>EVERYTHING IS A BLUR. THEN WHEN I WATCH IT, IT’S LIKE, OH, YEAH. I REMEMBER THAT VAGUELY. OR I DON’T HAVE ANY RECOLLECTION OF THAT. >>THE FEAR OF FAILING. IT’S ALWAYS THERE.>>Reporter: BEING SERENA ALSO DOCUMENTING WILLIAMS’ RETURN TO TENNIS AS SHE WORKS TO OVERCOME THE CHALLENGES OF MOTHERHOOD AND ITS IMPACT ON HER GAME. WILLIAMS STILL ON QUEST FOR A DROP THE MIKE MOMENT TO CAP OFF HER CAREER WHILE TRYING TO FIND BALANCE WITH THE NEW FAMILY SHE WANTS TO KEEP GROWING. >>I WOULD TOTALLY ALREADY BE PREGNANT IF I WASN’T PLAYING TENNIS AND IF I WASN’T, YOU KNOW, LIVING THIS LIFE THAT I’M LIVING.>>WHAT A BEAUTIFUL FAMILY. SO SHE IS GOING TO HEAD TO FRANCE TO TRAIN AND THE FRENCH OPEN WILL BE HER FIRST GRAND SLAM OF HER COMEBACK. >>I CAN’T HANDLE HER LIFE RIGHT NOW. >>INCREDIBLE. >>SO COOL. >>A GREAT, FUN INTERVIEW?

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