Serena Williams Opening Up About Motherhood & Her Career In This Instagram Post Is So Powerful

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In her latest Instagram post, Serena Williams opened up about motherhood and her career in an honest, authentic way. Williams talked about her own struggles last week, and then cited what she'd learned about postpartum depression in the following days. She clarified that those feelings were "totally normal," which her fans absolutely loved.

Williams' post read,

Williams continued,

Williams concluded her post by adding, "I’m here to say: if you are having a rough day or week--it’s ok--I am, too!!! There’s always tomm!"

Williams' post comes at the end of a long summer for Williams, who — after giving birth less than a year ago — fought her way to the finals of Wimbledon, before losing to Angelique Kerber. Though many applauded the feat of even getting to the finals, especially after Williams nearly dying after childbirth due to a blood clot complication, Williams was unhappy with her outcome.

After her loss, she said to reporters, "For all the moms out there, I did this for you. I tried my best,” she said. “I was really happy to get this far. It’s obviously disappointing, but I can’t be disappointed. I’m literally just getting started.”

Williams' husband, Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian, also took to Instagram to talk about Williams' role as a mother, though his post was focused on encouraging her.

Ohanian wrote,

Since Williams posted her Instagram, many people have flocked to social media to express their love and support for her. Marissa Evans of The Texas Tribune tweeted, "To have @Beyonce AND @serenawilliams not only LANDING THE COVERS OF @voguemagazine but also opening up about their pregnancy complications as black women within MONTHS of each other is powerful and wild and shows black women maternal morbidity is unkind to so many black moms."

Meanwhile, fellow tennis star Andy Roddick tweeted to Williams with a similar, if shorter response: "You’re a badass lady !"