Serena Williams is on the brink of joining an elite group of mothers who have won singles Grand Slam titles in the Open Era. Here we look back on the tournaments won after the champions have given birth.
Margaret Court became the first mother to win a Grand Slam in the Open era when she defeated Evonne Goolagong, 6-4, 7-5 in the final of the 1973 Australian Open.
Court proved she really was back to her absolute best by backing that success up at the French Open the same year, beating Chris Evert, 6-7(5), 7-6(6), 6-4 in a memorable final.
Although she missed out on replicating her 1970 Grand Slam as she lost in the Wimbledon semifinals, a 7-6, 5-7, 6-2 win over Goolagong gave her the US Open of 1973 – the last of her 24 majors.
Evonne Goolagong became the first – and so far only – mother to win Wimbledon, claiming the title in 1980 thanks to a 6-1, 7-6(4) success over Evert.
Kim Clijsters made history in 2009 by winning the US Open, becoming the first wildcard to do so by beating Caroline Wozniacki, 7-5, 6-3.
Clijsters repeated the feat in 2010, powering past Vera Zvonareva, 6-2, 6-1 to extend her winning run.
The Belgian followed up that success by winning the Australian Open of 2011, defeating Li Na, 3–6, 6–3, 6–3.