In an interview with the New York Times, the 18-time Grand Slam winner Chris Evert commented on Serena Williams' comeback from motherhood. The American former player said: "I have to say, I didn’t know what to expect when Serena got pregnant and was going to have a baby and come back because I thought, ‘Ohhhh, you have no idea.’ You don’t know love.
You’ve never felt that kind of love before and that tugging at the heartstrings. So, you know, it’s taken her a while. And it’s still tough for her. But at least she’s got a goal, so she’s going for it”.
Evert added: "I felt like … I don’t know what word to use here. I was the opposite. I felt big and bloated and I didn’t have energy and I just didn’t feel great. So I kept thinking to myself, When I have this child, I’m going to go play team tennis, because that was an option.
I did. Yeah. I’m going to go play some team tennis. I had talked to Billie Jean [King], and there’s like three or four weeks in the summer, and I’m going to go play. Once I had that baby, I was like, ‘No team tennis.
I want to be here for 24 hours.’ You know, I just wanted to be a mom. My nesting instincts took over. So that’s why I admire Evonne, Margaret, Serena, I admire Kim Clijsters for being able to do that. I don’t think I could do that. I feel like I could only do one thing well”.