Kim Clijsters: tennis champ with a toddler

Professional sportswomen show motherhood doesn’t mean they’re past their prime

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On Sunday, tennis ace Kim Clijsters beat Venus Williams in the US Open. Kim is a mum of one, having given birth to a daughter, Jada Ellie Lynch, in February last year.

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Since her win, the media seems to be in a bit of a flurry about how her sporting excellence has continued post-baby. Some commentators sound amazed at how professional sportswomen maintain their physical prowess with a family. Kim isn’t the only mum to remind us that ‘baby’ doesn’t mean ‘bottom of the leader board’.

This year, golfer Catriona Matthew, 39, won the Women’s British Open 11 weeks after giving birth to her second child.

Then there’s Katie Chapman, a midfielder for Arsenal and for England, with 70 international caps to her name. Katie’s had two career breaks to have children, Harvey and Riley. In March this year, eight months after the birth of Riley, she return to the national team in style, scoring two goals against South Africa in the Cyprus Cup tournament. One for each son! This week, for the first time in 25 years, England’s women’s team made it to the European Championship final.

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