After taking care of her daughter Elizabeth, it is time for Elena Vesnina to come back to the court and try to compete at the highest level again as she did before stepping away from the tour. In this new season that is about to begin, therefore, we will have another mother who will fight on the court.
Russian Elena Vesnina, who gave birth to daughter Elizabeth in November 2018, has announced that she will be returning to the WTA Tour later this year.
Elena Vesnina announces her come back
The former double number 1 in the world says she is very excited about the return but at the same time a little scared.
Her program is not yet defined. She is waiting to evaluate what could be the best time to come back to the tour, also taking into account the progress of the pandemic. The first WTA event this year will be the Abu Dhabi WTA Women's Tennis Open, which kicks off on January 5th in the United Arab Emirates.
But the 34-years-old Russian has hinted that her return to the circuit will be scheduled later in the season. She said: "I would like to travel as much as possible with my family, but my husband will not always be able to accompany me because he has to work, and then I will have to decide the commitments based on the needs of the main member of our family!" In the period of absence, in addition to spending a lot of time with her family, she remained in the environment as a TV commentator.
"I liked it a lot: I don't like doing things frivolously, so I researched every game I had to comment on. If one day I have to do it professionally, I would like to be prepared." In her career, the Russian has won three WTA singles titles, 19 WTA doubles titles including three Grand Slams (in 2013 in Paris, in 2014 in New York and in 2017 in London), the 2016 WTA Finals and the Olympic gold medal in 2016 together with compatriot Ekaterina Makarova, 2 ITF singles and 7 ITF doubles tournaments.
In mixed doubles, Elena Vesnina reached four Grand Slam finals: two at Wimbledon (in 2011 and 2012, both lost) and two at the Australian Open (lost in 2012 and won in 2016 paired with Bruno Soares). Her best position was 13th, reached on March 20th 2017.