Serena Williams welcomes rule to protect new mothers

Serena Williams at a press conference before the start of the Wimbledon championships in Lond

Serena Williams at a press conference before the start of the Wimbledon championships in Lond

She showed up in Paris wearing a black catsuit, a reminder that nobody can command the Grand Slam stage quite like Serena Williams.

The 37-year-old American had her daughter Alexis Olympia in September 2017 and returned to the WTA circuit last March at Indian Wells.

Williams received 93 points in balloting by USA editors and news directors announced Wednesday, while gymnast Simone Biles was second with 68. I just don't have time to talk about that.

Meanwhile, the goal of matching Margaret Court's 24 Grand Slam titles is one that she certainly has at the forefront of her mind.

'But now there is an opportunity, people don't have to ask that question'.

"I think this year we have gone full steam ahead with this new format, and we will see what we do next year but I am definitely very excited for the tournament's future", he said.

"It has always been significant since I got 22, then 23", she said.

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When Williams took a break she was ranked No. 1 in the world.

This one was about her perseverance.

Playing the women's match on the opening day of the event is the latest adjustment to the format for the competition, and Gunnarsson said she would assess how this year's action is received before committing to any plans for the 12th staging of the action in 2019, but remains confident it will stick to its objectives and goals. She had to withdraw in Paris because of a right pectoral injury and didn't play again until Wimbledon, where she lost to Angelique Kerber in the final.

Japan's Osaka won the final 6-2, 6-4 after a match which saw Williams warned for coaching, penalized a point for smashing her racket and then docked a game for an outburst in which she called the umpire, Carlos Ramos, a "thief" and a "liar".

In the light of recent rule changes, Serena is unsure if she would have planned her motherhood in a different way.

A player returning after pregnancy will be able to use their previous ranking to enter 12 tournaments over the space of a three-year period.

Williams insists she is still driven to play and win as much if not more than before she was a mother.

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