If Serena wins Wimbledon less than a year after giving birth, she really won’t have anything left to prove


Serena Williams won the Australian Open last year while in the early stages of pregnancy. She will play for the Wimbledon title on Saturday after giving birth just 10 months ago. If she manages to beat Angelique Kerber for her 24th Grand Slam singles victory, it is hard to imagine what she could do for her next act.

Win a Slam while preggers with twins? Win one while holding a baby in her arms? That latter option would make the two-hand backhand tricky, but I feel like Serena could give it a go. If she could train the baby to toss the ball in the air for her serves, she might win a couple of rounds.

You have to imagine fanciful scenarios that Williams would find hard to overcome because, at this point, she is long past being hobbled by any of the normal scenarios. There is Serena, and then there are the rest of us humans.

When she won that 23rd Slam in Melbourne last year, breaking the record for major singles titles in the Open era that she held with Steffi Graf, there was a sense of urgency about it, at least to her. The public didn’t know she was pregnant — she wouldn’t announce it until later that spring — but she was aware that the Aussie final might have been her last chance to surpass Graf’s total.

It turns out that she needn’t have worried. Even though her daughter, Alexis, was delivered in September, which required multiple surgeries including one for blood clots in her lungs, and even though she is playing in only her fourth tournament since becoming a mother, Williams, at 36 years old, routinely dispatched Germany’s Julia Goerges on Thursday in London, 6-2, 6-4, to reach the final. “It’s crazy,” she told the BBC afterward. “I don’t even know how to feel.”

Williams won the match 6-2, 6-4. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USEOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images

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Serena Williams serves against Julia Goerges during their women’s singles semifinal match at Wimbledon 2018 on July 12, 2018. Williams won the match 6-2, 6-4.

She is right about the crazy part. But that’s also what we have come to expect from Serena, who has an entire second half of her career that utterly defies logic. She won her first Slam as a 17-year-old at the U.S. Open in 1999, not long after Graf won her last Slam at the French Open that same year. For that first title Serena had to beat Martina Hingis, who was a little over a year older than her but had already won five Slams. Hingis would never win another major singles title, which isn’t all that unusual in a sport that has seen plenty of youngsters who rise quickly and then fade almost as fast.

Serena, though, won a pile of titles in her teens and early 20s, as one does, then …read more

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