Serena Williams, 36, is still working her way onto the WTA Tennis elite. Finishing as the runner-up of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships was encouraging given the fact that that was only her fourth appearance in a WTA level event since giving birth.

The tennis section of the ESPN website presented a different facet of Williams' latest decision to withdraw from Rogers Cup in Montreal. Moreover, that particular article speaks about Serena's most painful defeat as she went on losing 6-1 6-0 at San Jose, in the opening match against Johanna Konta.

With the 2018 US Open less than a month ahead, it's understandable the degree of attention Serena Williams is getting lately.

Regardless of her current ranking, she would still be considered as a top favorite to clinch the last Grand Slam tennis event of the regular season.

Serena Williams speaks about the post-partum struggle

For a top athlete having to deal with the post-partum emotions (depression?) is a monumental task. And Serena Williams, following her recent flow of insightful inspirational statements, went on to open up her heart in a lengthy, soaked in details Instagram post.

Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam winner in singles, described her latest state as being 'in a funk'. Moreover, she describes how hard she's been trying to deal with her new status. Being a mom, on top of the top tennis player etiquette, seems to take a huge toll.

Her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., was born in September last year.

Stats and result in 2018 for Serena Williams

As the remainder of the 2018 calendar is getting smaller and smaller, it might be the proper time to take a quick glance at the Serena Williams' performance zone for the year.

She made her comeback during the first swing on North American hard as she went for the Sunshine Double. With little success there she attended a single clay court event (2018 French Open [VIDEO]). She withdrew before her fourth round match against Maria Sharapova.

2018 Wimbledon Championships saw Williams making an improbable run to reach her first Grand Slam final since the 2017 Australian Open.

Her performance on the grass season was unexpected but there was a catch though. En route to the final, she faced a single top 20 player (Julia Georges in the semis). Overall, since making her comeback in March, Williams captured only two wins over a top 30 player. Besides Georges, Kiki Bertens eas the other victim who felt short to Serena (Indian Wells).

The 2018 US Open is almost knocking at the door, but the home soil advantage and her level of motivation might not be enough for Serena Williams to reign supreme, this year, at Flushing Meadows in New York.