Kim Clijsters won the U.S. Open for women’s singles – but not only that – she was the first mom to win at a Grand Slam event in 29 years (Australian great Evonne Goolagong Cawley won Wimbledon in 1980).
The 26-year-old mom told CNN “I hope that I can inspire a lot of other women who are willing, or
hoping, to [return to work] but maybe don’t know the way to start or
are insecure about starting.”
Kim took two years off and didn’t think she’d return. “There were so many things going on with the wedding and I was pregnant and I was breastfeeding and everything.”
Then she was invited to an exhibition match to christen the new stadium roof at Wimbleton. That’s how
it all started and how “I got that competitiveness back.” She only played in two tournaments before winning the U.S. Open.
The tennis champ and mom of 18-month-old Jada Ellie said “I really believe anything is possible but it is a family affair. I
also need help from family and people around me but it’s a great
feeling to know that I can combine the sport that I love but also be a
mum as well — it’s great.”
You go girl!