Wednesday, July 17, 2024

two moms prepared for a ‘popcorn’ problem

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Motherhood adjustments issues (I am telling you from private expertise, I see it on a regular basis with my spouse!) however that does not imply it makes feminine athletes much less aggressive.

Consider Serena Williams, who after her first being pregnant reached 4 Slam finals, earlier than her retirement. Consider Elina Svitolina, who’s reaching glorious outcomes, after returning final season following her being pregnant.

Ask Caroline Wozniacki and Angelique Kerber. The 2 tennis gamers got here again to the WTA Tour after their respective pregnancies and, regardless of a comeback which inevitably presents some little issues, it has not modified their competitiveness.

They’ve modified their priorities, they’ve modified the mentality of their method, however they have definitely not canceled their ambitions. They simply reworked them in keeping with the household. They received rather a lot of their careers (Majors, Olympic medal, each have been WTA No.1), they obtained the unimaginable from their skilled life. We’re speaking about two tennis stars of 35 year-old (Kerber) and 34 year-old (Wozniacki), who nonetheless need to amaze theirselves and their followers. An instance for younger gamers who method tennis.

Angelique Kerber and Caroline Wozniacki
Angelique Kerber and Caroline Wozniacki© Yong Teck Lim / Stringer Getty Pictures


And right here they’re, Caro and Angie, able to compete in a brilliant 4th spherical on the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

The 2 tennis gamers, winners of a complete of 4 Slam titles (1 for Caroline, 3 for Angelique), spoke on the eve of their match, which can start in a couple of hours, speaking about their friendship and their come again on the courtroom, contemplating how issues have modified throughout their absence from the WTA Tour.

“Travelling with the entire household is great, however it’s not the perfect if I consider the nice of everybody. That is why I’ll attempt to play much less sooner or later. On the one hand I need to get pleasure from each second with my youngsters, even throughout tournaments.

However I also needs to protect some vitality for the following match, which is what I attempt to do. In brief, being with them is a number of enjoyable, I find it irresistible. Fortunately I’ve my mom and nanny who assist me, so I may even practice a bit. It is going to be an important match. We all know one another properly and every is aware of the opposite’s secrets and techniques, strengths and weaknesses. It might probably go both manner, it is a 50/50 match,” defined Wozniacki.

Their final problem dates again to 2018, when the 2 tennis gamers have been on the high of the WTA Tour and had not but develop into moms.

Kerber talked about her friendship with Caroline, underlining how they’ll stay pals even after the match she’s going to see towards her.

“What has modified immediately? Rather a lot, beginning with the rising ones who make me really feel outdated. The truth is, I am one of many oldest on the Tour. Nevertheless it’s good anyway, attempting to compete with what you will have, even when it is all very totally different in comparison with after I was #1.

Staying out for thus lengthy after which coming again is one thing extraordinarily sophisticated, even when I do know I’ve the mandatory expertise to have the ability to handle sure conditions. In some methods, nonetheless, I really feel extra like a event participant, I do not undergo from stress and I favor competitors to coaching.That is why I could not wait to come back again and perceive what stage I used to be at.

Caroline Wozniacki and I are pals and we shall be pals after the match, it doesn’t matter what. I can not wait to get on the sector and compete with Caro, we will certainly have enjoyable. It is going to be a popcorn match!” she defined.

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