Just In Time For Labor Day Weekend, Serena Williams Is Actually In Labor
According to the CBS affiliate in South Florida, Serena Williams is set to welcome her first child just in time for Labor Day weekend.
It was confirmed to CBS12 reporter Thomas Forester by St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach that Williams is in labor after checking into the hospital on Wednesday and being induced on Thursday. The tennis ace resides in Palm Beach Gardens.
Per CBS, Williams had the entire first floor of the hospital cleared so that she can give birth with no worries. Entry into the floor is only accessible at this point by getting through security.
The 35-year-old has stated that soon after giving birth, she is hoping to return to the tennis court. Specifically, she’s been aiming for the Australian Open in January, the same tournament she won at the top of this year, beating out sister Venus in the final. By giving birth at the very beginning of September, she would have four months to prep for a comeback, and based on an interview this week with Sports Illustrated, Serena’s coach Patrick Mouratoglou said that when it comes to being ready for January, “that’s the goal.”
“It’ll depend on the date from when she can really be back working at 100%,” he said. “We’re going to raise the workload progressively and then a day will come where she’ll be able to play and train normally. The question is: how many weeks like this will we get? If we have enough weeks like that then she’ll be ready. If not, I’ve already told her that we’ll push back her comeback. It wouldn’t be a good idea to go there being at 50%.”
But according to Mouratoglou, Serena is optimistic about getting back to hitting this month, going at it with a sparring partner. However, if you ask him, “she’s dreaming.”
“She told me, ‘I need a sparring partner for September.’ And I answered, ‘Listen, if some guy throws you a ball with the hand in September, I think it’ll be fine.’ Her answer: ‘Don’t underestimate me.'”