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Nature gives us no choice...

The breaking news story in the world of sports right now is the one about Serena Williams announcing her pregnancy. And while this is probably good news, it is not something her fans look forward to. I'm sure it must have been a huge decision for her and something that she must be coming to terms with even now as I write this. The pregnancy means that Serena Williams, the best women's tennis player ever in the open era, who is still at her prime and has just won the Australian Open 2017 will now miss the rest of the season this year. How unfair is that! Why does she have to choose between being a mother and playing tennis when her male counterparts just go through parenthood with a breeze. They never ever have to sit out, never have to make such life changing decisions, never have to contemplate and plan their return to tennis after the birth of their child. 

It is just frustrating that the likes of Djokovic and Federer have been at their prime winning titles with fatherhood only being an additional joy in their personal lives. But the women on the other hand have  had to make the very difficult choice of pausing their careers. Last year the two time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka became a mother and started the strenuous comeback process. The former world number 1 is currently ranked 48 and it might take her at least a few more months before she can be back to being where she once was. That's two years of her career gone! Her only salvaging factor is her age. She is still 27 and has at least a few more years left in her career. But, what about Serena, who is 35. By the time she'll be ready to make a come back, she'll be 37 and it will take superhuman effort from her side to even be a shadow of her current form.

I know that nothing really can be done about it. It is what it is. That is how nature works. The responsibility of childbirth lies with women and there is no way around it. But, how I wish there was this perfect world where just like Federer, even for Serena, motherhood was an additional personal joy that did not come at the cost of her career. So yeah, it probably is good news, but I'm sorry that I don't feel that way. Nature really gives us women no choice at all!



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