Serena Williams is just one step away from winning her 1st grand slam title after becoming a mother to daughter Alexis Olympia. Serena is odds-on to overcome Kerber on Saturday at Wimbledon, in what is a repeat of 2016 final in which Serena emerged victoriousl. It is just 10-months ago that Serena gave birth to 1st child and she is now in a grand slam final. Now is the time for focus as she looks to beat Kerber for the seventh time in nine meetings, but the distractions are plentiful.
Meanwhile, to note, there are only three mothers who have ever won a Grand Slam tennis title. They are Kim Clijsters of Belgium and Australians Evonne Goolagong and Margaret Court. And Serena Williams will be looking to become the fourth.
Australian Court became the first mother to win a Grand Slam in the Open era when she defeated Evonne Goolagong, 6-4, 7-5 in the final of the 1973 Australian Open. Court beat Chris Evert, 6-7(5), 7-6(6), 6-4 in a memorable final. However, she failed to replicate her 1970 Grand Slam as she lost in the Wimbledon semifinals, a 7-6, 5-7, 6-2 win over Goolagong gave her the US Open of 1973 – the last of her 24 majors.
Goolagong so far is the mother to win Wimbledon championship, claiming the title in 1980 thanks to a 6-1, 7-6(4) success over Evert.
Belgium’s Kim Clijsters registered her name in history in 2009 by winning the US Open, becoming the first wild-card to do so by beating Caroline Wozniacki, 7-5, 6-3. Later in 2010, Clijsters repeated the feat powering past Vera Zvonareva, 6-2, 6-1 to extend her winning run. The Belgian then followed the same success by winning the Australian Open in 2011, defeating Li Na, 3–6, 6–3, 6–3.