The New Age (Gauteng) - - SPORT 14 -

ince news of Ser­ena Wil­liams’ preg­nancy broke on Wed­nes­day, the 23 time Grand Slam win­ner, who has time again con­founded fans and de­trac­tors alike in her in­com­pa­ra­ble ca­reer, has been dubbed Su­per­woman.

Wil­liams took to so­cial me­dia to an­nounces that she is 20 weeks preg­nant and that meant she won her 23rd Grand Slam ti­tle, the Aus­tralian Open, with­out drop­ping a set in Jan­uary while she was car­ry­ing her first child at 35.

But the ten­nis star is not the first ath­lete to com­pete at the high­est level while car­ry­ing a child.

The New Age Sports Re­porter looks at some of the women who did the same be­fore and how did they fare. Smith-Puzo is a two-time Olympian field hockey player and she com­peted in the 2011 Four Na­tions tour­na­ment while three months preg­nant. The tour­na­ment was held in Ar­gentina. The Amer­i­can ice hockey player on the right com­peted not aware that she was preg­nant with her first child in 1998. It was the first year hockey be­came an Olympic sport and her side was the first to be crowned cham­pi­ons. The 28­yearold run­ner who rep­re­sented USA in the 2012 London Olympics and com­peted USA and in the USATF’s Out­door Track Field Cham­pi­onships 800m race while she was 34 weeks preg­nant in her home coun­try in 2014.

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