Serena Williams holds up her trophy after winning the Australian Open Women’s singles final. Picture: REUTERS/EDGAR SU
Serena Williams holds up her trophy after winning the Australian Open Women’s singles final. Picture: REUTERS/EDGAR SU

Miami — Serena Williams says she has struggled with her baby daughter’s teething pain even as she tweeted a photo hinting at a comeback to defend her Australian Open title.

A video on social media shows mom and baby looking like the spitting image of each other. In the clip, the doting tennis champion kisses and waves at the camera, talking to her three-month-old daughter the entire time.

The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion and former world No1 drew sympathetic replies to Sunday’s tweets about baby daughter Alexis Olympia’s teething issues, complete with a photo, then posted another picture on Monday of an empty tennis court looking set up for the start of a workout.

The next Australian Open begins on January 15 at Melbourne, which would be barely beyond four months after Williams gave birth to her daughter on September 1.

Williams began her latest tweets on Sunday with a plea for help on how to ease the torment of teething. "Teething — aka the devil — is so hard," tweeted Williams. "Poor Alexis Olympia has been so uncomfortable as her first teeth sprout in. She cried so much [she never cries] … I’ve tried amber beads … cold towels … but…

"Nothing is working. It’s breaking my heart. I almost need my mom to come and hold me to sleep cause I’m so stressed. Help? Anyone??"

Among advice she received was to "try a wet washcloth for the baby let her chew it".

On Monday, there was no mention of teething but a photo of the open court, a racquet bag leaning on a stool with towels and a bicycle nearby serves notice that Williams might have found a cure for herself with the next Grand Slam tournament only four weeks away.

Williams has said she intends to defend the crown she won earlier in 2017 while unknowingly pregnant but has not confirmed any firm plans to play in Melbourne since the birth of her daughter.

AFP

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