who is theFIRST MOM to WIN A MAJOR TENNIS SINGLES TITLE in over 25 YEARS
(she gave birth in 2008*)
Clijsters made a historic run as the first unseeded player and wildcard to win the tournament!
Before Belgian Clijsters, Australian Evonne Fay Goolagong Cawley made a surprise victory of her own, defeating the then favored player Chris Evert at Wimbledon in 1980 at age 29 (Before Goolagong won Wimbledon that year, 66 years had passed since the last mom won the Wimbledon English woman Dorothea Lambert-Chambers in 1914.)
On a side note, my husband pointed out what this article confirms that studies say women become amazingly stronger performers after giving birth on account of a rise in hormones and increase in their heart size! Whatever! Nothing like the pregnancy and birthing process to make you realize you’ve got some real stamina, endurance and tolerance for pain! ha!
(*Trivia: Kim’s mother, Els Vandecaetsbeek (44), also had a baby boy, Zeth, 3 months after (Kim gave birth to Jada) in May 2008 to her third child, which was the first child for Els’s partner Jan Goossens, a golf teacher. I know my head is spinning too. Ha)
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