If you’re wondering where Victoria Azarenka has been following her injury at Roland Garros, well she has some news for you:
I have some news for you all ☺️ pic.twitter.com/64Kf90tZF6
— victoria azarenka (@vika7) July 15, 2016
The world’s former No. 1 female tennis player in the world is on her way to becoming a mother. As was noted in her statement, she’ll be missing the remainder of the season as she awaits the birth of her child.
The only recent mother to win a Grand Slam was Kim Clijsters and she went on to win three after giving birth, so there is certainly precedent to Azarenka’s statement, “I have been truly inspired by so many strong female athletes who return to the very top of their sport after having children, and I plan to do exactly that.”
Azarenka is from Belarus, a country far from a champion tennis producing factory. Having moved to the United States when she was 15 years old to train, Azarenka has made sacrifices before to make sure she reaches the top of her sport.
She is currently ranked as the No. 6 player on tour (having reached the world No. 1 for the first time on January 30, 2012). Her kryptonite has proven to be Serena Williams, whom she is 4-17 against in her career, but 0-10 in Grand Slams. Her two wins at the Australian Open (2012, 2013) came against Maria Sharapova and Li Na.
As if Serena were not capable enough as it is to completely dominate the women’s circuit, with the expulsion of Sharapova, and now the maternity leave of Azarenka, the door is wide open for both new players, but also Serena to establish her dominance.