Lorena Ochoa, 28, the world’s No. 1-ranked golfer last Sunday sobbed on a golf course in Mexico as she finished her last tournament before retirement. Ochoa, who is committed to spending more time with her new husband and his three children, is officially done with golf now. She has spoken of wanting to have a child of her own.
Top female sports stars such as Clijsters, Candace Parker, Lisa Leslie, Kerri Walsh, Dara Torres and Lindsay Davenport have wrestled with the same decisions that caused Ochoa to step away from golf.
Even as women athletes have become established as professionals in sports as traditional as tennis and golf as well as later-arriving leagues such as the WNBA and Olympic sports such as soccer and beach volleyball, there is still no one-and-only best way to do the thing many young women want to do — start a family.