Serena Williams says motherhood can help her beat grand slam record

Serena Williams “absolutely” intends to surpass Margaret Court’s record of 24 grand slam titles – and believes being a new mother can help her achieve that goal.

The 36-year-old, who gave birth to her first daughter Alexis Olympia in September, decided to pull out of the Australian Open following concerns over her ability to make an impact in Melbourne. Williams won the last of her 23 grand slams in Australia in 2017, defeating her sister Venus in the final when, it would later emerge, she was in the early stages of her pregnancy.

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