Vera Zvonareva was forced to make a break from tennis to nurse all the accumulated injures, but she used the time away from the sport wisely, getting married to Alexander, a man she had met years ago during a run, giving birth to daughter Evelina and studying for a Master’s degree in Political Science. The former world No.2 and winner of 12 WTA titles is now ready to come back to the competition and we can see her listed as an alternate in the qualifying draw of a 15K ITF tournament in Istanbul this month.
The 2010 Wimbledon and US Open finalist Zvonareva played her last WTA match in Katowice in April 2015, when she lost in the second round to Klara Koukalova. Last year the Russian hinted a possible comeback to WTA Insider David Kane and now she’s started taking baby steps to actualize that. Here’s one quote from that interview from August 2016:
I’m going to start trying to get back into shape because sport is part of my life and I want to get back in shape. I don’t know if I’ll be back on the tour or not; it’s tough to say at the moment, but for myself, I want to back into the shape I was in before and play tennis again – even if it’s just for fun.
We’ll see if this return will be a big revival of the 32-year-old’s career or if it will remain on the level of just a fun experience.
By the way, I’ve been writing about women’s tennis for a decade and there have definitely never been more moms on tour than nowadays, plus, we’re expecting Victoria Azarenka to increase that number soon. Lovely! (photo: Jimmie48)