Jordanne Whiley has revealed she was 11 weeks pregnant when she won the Wimbledon women’s wheelchair doubles earlier this month.
Whiley, the 25-year-old Paralympian, secured her fourth successive title in the event with Japanese doubles partner Yui Kamiji.
Whiley, who is a two-time Paralympic bronze medallist, is expecting her first child with her partner of five years Marc McCarroll, who is also her coach.
The 10-time grand slam champion, told The Mixed Zone: “It was planned. After Rio we decided we wanted a family.
“I thought, ‘If we start trying in May I could still play Wimbledon’, and it worked. But I had no idea how incredibly sick I’d be.”
Whiley is targeting a return to the tennis courts “in a year of 18 months” and has not ruled out participating at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.
She added: “I’ve been encouraged by seeing what Sarah Storey and Jess Ennis have achieved. It’s definitely possible for mums to be elite sportswomen.”
In January Serena Williams won the Australian Open, a record-breaking 23rd Grand Slam singles title eight weeks into her pregnancy.
Mandy Minella, world No 105, played in the women’s singles and doubles event at Wimbledon while four-and-a-half months pregnant with her first child.
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