GRAND SLAM MOMMY? SER­ENA EYES TEN­NIS HISTORY

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - SPORTS - —AFP

LON­DON— Just 10 months af­ter giv­ing birth, Ser­ena Williams can com­plete her incredible come­back in Satur­day’s Wim­ble­don final against An­gelique Ker­ber as she bids to be­come the first mother to win the tour­na­ment in 38 years.

Williams is play­ing only her fourth tour­na­ment since the ar­rival of baby daugh­ter Olympia in Septem­ber and is now just one win from her eighth Wim­ble­don ti­tle.

That would make her the first mother to lift the Venus Rose­wa­ter Dish since Evonne Goolagong in 1980.

Ser­ena can also equal Mar­garet Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam sin­gles ti­tles if she beats Ker­ber.

Court and Kim Cli­jsters are the other moth­ers to have won ma­jor ti­tles—mak­ing Ser­ena’s pres­ence in the final even more incredible given the dif- fi­cul­ties she has en­dured since she last played at Wim­ble­don in 2016.

The 36-year-old’s preg­nancy ended with an ex­tremely dif­fi­cult delivery that left her need­ing sev­eral op­er­a­tions to pre­vent life-threat­en­ing blood clots.

Williams was forced to stay in bed for six weeks and could barely walk as she re­cov­ered from the trau­matic ex­pe­ri­ence.

“It’s no se­cret I had a su­per tough delivery. I lost count af­ter, like, four surg­eries be­cause I was in so many,” Williams said af­ter beat­ing Ju­lia Go­erges to reach her 10th Wim­ble­don final.

“Be­cause of all the blood is­sues I have, I was re­ally touch-and-go for a minute. In a way, it’s by far the tough­est year for me, but in a way it’s by far the best. Be­cause I have Olympia. For me, I only see joy out of it,” she added.

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