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Serena Williams’s pregnant victory reminds us how amazing women’s bodies are | Natasha Henry

The tennis star triumphed at the Australian Open without dropping a situate while in her first trimester. Are females the weaker sexuality? I dont think so

The news that Serena Williams won the Australian Open final while eight weeks pregnant has sent the world into a hysterium. Some plainly still think that women are the fairer sex, the weaker and the less capable of the two genders.

Believe me when I tell we are far away from fragile.

Williams is not the first elite athlete to vie during a pregnancy, but she is definitely the most prominent, dedicated her recent win, defeating her big sister Venus. Triumphing 6-4, 6-4 in the final, she didnt drop-off a single set on her route to lifting the trophy. Ill repeat that: not a single situated .

Now rumoured to be about 20 weeks about halfway through a normal pregnancy she will regain her place as world No 1 next week. That place at the top of womens tennis will be held for her if she returns to rivalry within 12 months of giving birth, as per the Womens Tennis Association special ranking rule.

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Serena’s snap been shown that she won the Australian Open without falling a situated while pregnant. pic.twitter.com/ ltPndJRJBq

April 19, 2017

As much as I could pontificate about Williamss accomplishments as a supreme athlete, role model and beautiful female of colour the working day, I just want to thank her for reminding us how amazing womens bodies can be particularly in an epoch when we are constantly peppered with examples of how they arent good enough, how we should alter them or how they should look.

While in the first trimester, the 35 -year-old played tennis at the highest level in sweltering conditions. And as if her physical exertions werent enough, she also had to deal with the emotional stress of playing against her big sister.

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Who can forget the picture of Alysia Montao running the 800 m while 34 weeks pregnant? Photo: Rich Pedroncelli/ AP

But as GP Dr Matt Piccaver told me: In general, physical activity during any stage of life, including pregnancy, is a good notion. Serena Williams is an elite athlete, and has overcome a number of significant health challenges in her career. The human body is an amazing thing, and Serena demonstrates that we are more robust than we think.

Should she return to the tour and is to continue to win a grand slam, she will follow in the footsteps of Kim Clijsters, who won the US Open 18 months after giving birth to her daughter.

Jessica Ennis-Hill, Paula Radcliffe, Katie Chapman and Victoria Azarenka have all returned to compete at the top level in their respective sports after having infants. And who can forget the picture of Alysia Montao running the 800 m while 34 weeks pregnant with her daughter?

Obviously every pregnancy is different, as is every womans relationship with fertility; but dont the revelations of the last 24 hours remind you to consider what your body can do?

Like Serena Williams told: You simply have to prove to yourself that you can go out there and be the best that you can be and not prove anything to anyone.

Maybe we should listen to her and just embrace our strength, our fabulousness and our beauty a bit more, as well as each others.

Read more: www.theguardian.com

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