Pregnant Serena Williams taking a year off tennis

Apr 22, 2017, 01:31
Pregnant Serena Williams taking a year off tennis

And that's always been more than enough before.

"Our first child was with me on the centre court".

What is fascinating and different about Williams' case is that none of those other women, incredible as they were, battled the confluence of challenges that Williams will have to overcome. Serena confirmed the news herself via Snapchat with a post showing off her 20 months... It's also quite possible she'll want an extended break.

Nothing has so far derailed her in her historic two-decade career.

"Physically, if she has a normal, uneventful birth, the baby is a doll and she is not nursing, she could recover back to normal in about 4 to 6 weeks", said Dr. Bruce Young, Silverman Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at New York University Langone Medical Center.

Nannies are great. FaceTime chats are wonderful.

Until very recently Roger Federer faced a career slump that lasted years and I don't recall anyone saying that he should just quit now and go be a father.

Williams has not played a tournament since that victory.

What is your reaction after learning that Williams was already pregnant when she won her recent title? It will be a blast to see Serena become a mother. "It's been 20 years on Tour". "That's a challenge that sounds right up her alley to me".

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The women's Tour is wide open, with seven of the past nine women's singles majors champions out of the game. For Venus, this means she will be the most recognized name wherever she plays for the rest of the season. The pregnant athlete will miss the French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open, but plans to return to tennis in 2018. I think that's such great news.

But how long can even Williams outrun time?

She owns an Open era record of 23 Slam titles.

Angelique Kerber, of Germany, celebrates winning a game against Darya Kasatkina, of Russian Federation, at the Rogers Cup tennis tournament, Friday, July 29, 2016 in Montreal.

British heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill was 28 when she won gold at the 2015 IAAF World Championships nine months after returning to training following the birth of her son, Reggie. She took three of those titles in 1973, the year after giving birth to her first child Daniel.

Five-times Grand Slam victor Maria Sharapova, who returns to competition next week after a 15-month doping ban, could also benefit if she rediscovers her top form.

Clijsters was only 26 when she returned.

Court, 74, was the first mother to win a major as a professional. Montano made the Olympic team ahead of the games in Rio de Janeiro last summer (although she failed to medal).

And still, as much as Williams' fans hate to hear this, there have been more and more occasions in the past couple of years where Williams has not lost matches because of her own errors or indifference - she was beaten fair and square. She has not competed since, citing a knee injury when withdrawing from tournaments at Indian Wells, California, and Key Biscayne, Florida.

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