Serena Williams One Step Closer to First Tennis Title as a Mom
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Only three mothers have ever won a Grand Slam tennis title in the 50 years of what is known as the "Open era" of competition. They are Kim Clijsters of Belgium and Australians Evonne Goolagong and Margaret Court.
Serena Williams is looking like she could become the fourth.
The 36-year-old American needed just 62 minutes Monday to reach the quarterfinal round of the Wimbledon tennis tournament.
She defeated Evgeniya Rodina of Russia, who also is a mother.
After her win against Rodina, Williams told reporters, "I knew we were both moms, and I'm not sure how often that happens, if ever. So it's really cool. You can be a mom, you can still play tennis and you can still be great."
Williams has won seven Wimbledon singles titles and 23 Grand Slam singles titles overall. But a win here would be her first title since becoming a mother. She gave birth to her daughter, Alexis Olympia, in September.
Williams returned to Grand Slam competition earlier this year at the French Open, but she withdrew because of an injury. Coming into Wimbledon, she was not ranked among the top 150 female players because she missed more than a full season of competition, first while pregnant and then after giving birth.
However, the All England Club at Wimbledon seeded her 25th, choosing to look at her past successes instead of her recent lack of competitions. Williams said she hopes other women who return to professional tennis after having a child receive the same treatment.
"It will be really nice for these women to take a year off, and have the most amazing thing in the world, then come back to their job and not have to start from the bottom..." Williams said of the decision.
Motherhood is an important part of who Williams is. She speaks openly about her health problems during childbirth, the joys of bringing her daughter with her to competitions and the difficulty of dividing her time between family and sport.
Over the weekend, she wrote on Twitter that she missed seeing her 10-month-old daughter walk for the first time.
"She took her first steps," Williams wrote. "I was training and missed it. I cried."
The tweet – and the discussion it started – went viral. People around the world answered her with supportive messages.
Twitter user David Jones wrote, "When your daughter is a little older she'll know her mother is 1) the greatest tennis player of all time and 2) the woman who helped others return to the game after childbirth with a protected ranking and a career they don't have to abandon. I hope you win it for her next Saturday."
Williams must win two more matches to make it to the Wimbledon final on Saturday. She next faces Camila Giorgi of Italy. The two play Tuesday at 13:15 UTC.
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1.tennis tournament 网球公开赛
No professionals may participate in the amateur tennis tournament.
2.come back 重返；回归
I begged him to come back to England with me.
3.win against 战胜；击败
It's not enough if you want to win against Liverpool.
4.take off 起飞；脱下
He took off at once and headed back to the motel.
5.Over the weekend, she wrote on Twitter that she missed seeing her 10-month-old daughter walk for the first time.
for the first time 首次；第一次
Streams had run dry for the first time in memory.
For the first time in my career, I was failing.
6.She gave birth to her daughter, Alexis Olympia, in September.
gave birth to 生子；分娩
His wife gave birth to twin girls.
She gave birth to a girl last night.
在近50年的网球公开赛中，只有3位妈妈球员获得了四个大满贯的头衔。她们分别是比利时的吉姆·克里斯特尔斯（Kim Clijsters）、澳大利亚的伊芳·谷莉恭高莉（Evonne Goolagong）和玛格丽特·考特（Margaret Court） 。
击败罗迪娜后，威廉姆斯告诉记者：“我知道，我俩都晋升人母，我不确定这种事情（妈妈球员互相对阵）发生的概率。所以这真的非常酷 。你可以为人母，也仍然可以打网球，你仍然可以很伟大 。”
威廉姆斯一共赢得7次温网单打冠军以及23次大满贯单打冠军。如果此番夺冠，这将成为她产后首个冠军头衔 。去年9月，她诞下女儿亚历克西斯·奥林匹亚（Alexis Olympia） 。
推特用户大卫·琼斯（David Jones）表示：“当你女儿再大一些，她就会明白自己的母亲是：1）有史以来最伟大的网球运动员 2）帮助其他分娩后复出的女球员拥有排名保护且不用放弃职业生涯。愿你下周六旗开得胜 。”
威廉姆斯要想入围本周六的温网决赛，必须得再赢得两场比赛。接下来，她将对战意大利选手卡米拉·吉奥吉（Camila Giorgi） 。这场比赛将在世界标准时间本周二下午13：15分举行 。