Belgian former tennis player Kim Clijsters celebrates her birthday today. She became the third mother to win a Grand Slam singles title in the Open Era when she beat Caroline Wozniacki in the US Open final in 2009. On her birthday, we take a look at the unique list of mothers who clinched Grand Slam singles titles.
Kim Clijsters: 2009 US Open
A great athlete that she is, Kim won her the US Open title in 2005 and she became popular thereafter. But due to certain injuries she retired from the sport in 2007. She then made a sensational comeback in 2009 after giving birth to her daughter. She won a wildcard entry at the US Open that year and went on to win it for two consecutive years. She retired in 2012.
Grand Slams - Australian Open (2011), US Open (2005, 2009, 2010)
Evonne Goolagong - 1980 Wimbledon
The Australian tennis player beat Chris Evert in the Wimbledon final to win her seventh and final Grand Slam. In the process Evonne became the first mother in 66 years to win a Wimbledon title. Goolagong went on to retire in 1983.
Grand Slams - Australian Open (1971, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977), Wimbledon (1974, 1980)
Margaret Court - 1973 Australian Open, French Open and US Open
Unarguably one of the finest female tennis players in history, Court was the first woman in the Open Era to win all four Grand Slams in a single calendar year. While pregnant with her first child, she lost the Wimbledon final to Evonne Goolagong in 1972. In 1973, she went on to clinch the Australian, French and US Open titles. Four years later, the Australian tennis star retired.
Grand Slams - Australian Open (1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973), French Open, (1962, 1964, 1969, 1970, 1973), Wimbledon (1963, 1965, 1970), US Open (1962, 1965, 1969, 1970, 1973)
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