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When Serena Williams strides on court for the Wimbledon women’s singles final this afternoon, her conflicting priorities will be familiar to every working mother.
This ruthless competitor will be determined to crush her German opponent, Angelique Kerber, and become only the second woman to win Wimbledon after having a baby since the start of the so-called ‘open era’, in 1968, when professional players were first allowed to compete.
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Yet she will be keen to secure the victory she needs to equal Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam titles in double-quick time. Why? So that Serena can bath her baby, Olympia, and read her a bedtime story.
The 36-year-old American’s ability to juggle motherhood while playing brilliant tennis has added a heart-warming and inspiring sub-plot to the tournament.
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Via her posts on social media, we have learned of the pride she felt when showing ten-month-old Olympia around Centre Court, and the fun of taking her daughter into the locker-room to ‘help her’ get ready for a big match.
Serena has also revealed how she wept, last weekend, because she was practising when her baby took her first steps. Her reproachful confession invoked sympathetic, supportive messages from many women whose jobs forced them to miss this maternal milestone.
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Then there have been Serena’s comments on breastfeeding. Last week, contradicting the received medical wisdom that nursing a baby helps a new mother lose weight, she said she’d only succeeded in regaining her figure — and losing 10lb — after weaning her daughter on to a bottle. For many young women, her experience will carry more influence than the advice of medical experts.
For, in her new guise as tennis Tiger Mum, Serena’s performances this past fortnight have proved that having a baby can make a sportswoman mentally and physically stronger. Also, she appears to be on a mission to...
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