Motherhood is Inspiring Serena Williams to Match Margaret Court’s Grand Slam Record, Suggests Former Tennis Player

Published 07/10/2021, 6:00 AM EDT
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – JANUARY 12: Serena Williams of the USA celebrates with daughter Alexis Olympia after winning the final match against Jessica Pegula of USA at ASB Tennis Centre on January 12, 2020 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)


Having cementing herself at the top of women’s tennis already, Serena Williams wants to go one step further. She wants to clinch her 24th Grand Slam title, matching the record currently held by Margaret Court. And former Australian tennis star, Rennae Stubbs, believes it is motherhood that is pushing her to do so.

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Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 29, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. in action during her first round match against Belarus’ Aliaksandra Sasnovich Pool via REUTERS/Jed Leicester

Appearing on Manno A Mano, a show hosted by American sports news agency Sportsnaut, Rennae Stubbs talked about the records Williams might be chasing and her daughter, Olympia.

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Rennae Stubbs on Serena Williams and her daughter, Olympia

When Serena announced that she’d compete for the title at the 2021 Wimbledon Championships, there was speculation that she might’ve wanted to do it for her daughter; the achievement would be big for her to win the tournament as a mother.

I think she has gotten to the point, finally, where she knows it’s not gonna define her as who she is. And I think great champions over time realize that it doesn’t define them. And I think she is getting to the point, just because she is a mom now.

“I think what was motivating her more than the record was winning the Grand Slam as a mom and showing her daughter that moment, that trophy,” said Rennae.

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Rennae describing Serena’s relation with Olympia

Olympia is one of the top celebrity kids in the world, and is arguably more social media-popular than both her parents. Her cuteness and adorable nature have gained her fans from around the world. The most brilliant thing is that she is always there to support her mother on court with her father, Alexis.

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Olympia is with her all the time and she is so great and awesome to be around. She is just so in love with her mom and they have such a great relationship.

“So for me, it was more about her winning a Grand Slam as a mom. I think that meant more to her than actually passing the record. If not more, certainly on equal terms,” said Rennae.

While her attempt to win add to her count of 23 Grand Slam singles titles didn’t succeed at Wimbledon, she will surely come back for prove herself, especially to her daughter. Do you think she’ll be able to match Court’s record?

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