Natalie Grinham will be putting her professional squash career on hold for a minimum of 8 months after the completion of the Dutch National Championships which begins today in the renowned Frans Otten Stadion in Amsterdam.
The 35-year old squash star from the Netherlands has just announced that she is pregnant with her second child.
“I’ve known for over 2 months that I was pregnant. Unfortunately I was seeing more of the bathroom than the squash court during that time”, said the current world number 12. “I’ve gained a lot of weight over the past month and there’s just no hiding it anymore. Despite being heavier than usual I’m still playing well and think I have a good chance of defending my title this weekend”, added the three-time Dutch champion.
Grinham gave birth to her first child (Kieran) in May 2010 which found her dropping from 2nd place on the WSA World Rankings to 69th. In 2011 she made a successful comeback by becoming Dutch National Champion, European Champion, as well as taking a bronze medal at the Women’s World Open in Rotterdam.
The success continued in 2012 and 2013 where she not only won multiple tournaments on the WSA World Tour, including back-to-back Tournament of Champions titles, but also took silver medals at the European Individuals both years, and silver at the World Games in Cali 2013. The Australian born player also recorded her highest position as a ‘squash mum’ in November 2013, by reaching number 6 in the world.
Her second pregnancy is not necessarily the end of Grinham’s professional career. “I haven’t made a definite decision whether I will comeback or not. It’s a decision I won’t be able to make until after the birth, but I would love another shot at a World title”, concluded Grinham who finished as the runner-up in the World Championships of 2003, 2006, 2007 and 2009.