‘Motherhood no obstacle for Serena’s return’
In 1992, archer Lorig competed at the Olympics while four months pregnant with her son. Johansson is a Swedish handball player. She competed while three-months pregnant at the 2012 Olympics in London. After the Games, the Swedish took a year off before returning to the sport. Van Grunsven is a Dutch dressage competitor. She was five months pregnant when she won the gold medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. MOTHERHOOD may do little to slow Serena Williams’s pursuit of Grand Slam success but more hungry opponents, if they emerge, could yet deny her the all-time singles record, the woman who holds that distinction has said.
Australian great Margaret Court won 24 Grand Slam singles titles, one ahead of American Williams, who confirmed she was pregnant on Wednesday and will sit out the rest of the season.
Court, 74, who straddled the sport’s amateur and professional eras, was also the first mother to win a major as a professional.
She took three of those titles in 1973, the year after giving birth to her first child, Daniel.
But she rejoined the tour at 31 while Williams will be 36 if she comes back as planned in 2018, a difference Court thought might play a role.
“Coming back after Daniel I had one of my best years but I was quite a few years younger than Serena,” Court said.
“And I think you’ve got to know physically what you can do and how you can do it. You put the baby first and that to me was everything at the time.
“I don’t know (if Serena can win another), It will depend whether she still feels like doing it. It’ll depend on her and who’s coming through, too.” – Reuters