On September 1st, 2017, while the rest of the tennis world was battling it out at the last Grand Slam of the year at the US Open, one of the sport’s biggest legends - Serena Williams - was bringing a new life into the world, giving birth to her first child, a daughter named Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.
Although she hasn’t played since winning an incredible 23rd Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in January, Serena’s results Down Under have helped keep her ranking high enough to now be the No.1-ranked mom-on-tour (she’s No.22 - the next-highest mom-on-tour is No.54 Tatjana Maria).
Serena’s expected to come back to the tour in 2018, and when she does, she’ll not only continue her quest to win the most majors in tennis history - no man or woman has ever reached 25 - but she’ll also start a new quest, a quest that only a handful of women in the Open Era have completed.
Serena will try to become the fourth woman in the Open Era to win a major as a mom.
The first three players to achieve the feat were…
~ Margaret Court (she had her son Daniel in 1972 and went on to win three more majors at the Australian Open, French Open and US Open in 1973).
~ Evonne Goolagong (she had her daughter Kelly in 1977 and went on to win two more majors at the December edition of the Australian Open in 1977 and Wimbledon in 1980).
~ Kim Clijsters (she had her daughter Jada in 2008 and went on to win three more majors at the US Open in 2009, the US Open again in 2010 and the Australian Open in 2011).
Serena will also try to become just the second woman ever to reach No.1 as a mom (Clijsters is the only one who did it, for just one week, too - Valentine’s Week from February 14 to 20, 2011).
So what do you think… how will Serena do as a mom-on-tour?