Serena Williams hates being away from daughter

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On Centre Court and Court One - Wimbledon's two biggest stadiums - two women's singles matches, including Venus and seven-time victor Serena, entertained the sell-out crowd in each prestigious arena, alongside only one men's match in each.

The tennis champion said recently she stopped breastfeeding her daughter, Alexis Olympia, to slim down for her return to the court.

She said she planned to stop breastfeeding in January but then continued until April before being advised by her team to stop in order to get into shape.

"I am happy to get through that", Williams later said in comments carried by the AFP news agency.

"Not only do I expect to win, I expect to win emphatically".

"What I've learned through the experience-everybody is different, every person is different, every physical body is different", she said.

American Serena Williams cruised to a straight set victory over Viktoriya Tomova on Wednesday to advance to the third round at Wimbledon.

So, after six months of breastfeeding (Alexis Olympia was born in September), Williams finally arrived at the emotionally wrenching decision to stop.

Hinting that she could take a role in shaping the future of tennis herself, Venus added: "I believe in tennis we can market our players, we can try to find a way to market our players better because that grows the sport". "I told her, "Look, I'm going to stop".

She said the old adage that new mothers lose weight by breast feeding is false and that she actually dropped 10lbs (about 4.5kg) nearly immediately after stopping.

"I haven't thought about the pride level. And she was fine". I think it's just about being able to be a part of something bigger than yourself. 'We are different in a lot of ways, which is helpful because we learn from each other, ' Ohanian admitted. 'There is a set of values that we share: work ethic and competitiveness.

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