“Don’t Know if That Is a Path for Me”: Johanna Konta on Following Victoria Azarenka and Others’ Footsteps

December 14, 2020 11:55 am

Former world no. 4 Johanna Konta is a British professional player who, until 2012, represented Australia. The Brit has won three titles on the WTA Tour.

She’s even performed fairly well in the Grand Slams. In 2019, Johanna had an impressive run at the majors, making it to the quarter-finals at Wimbledon and US Open. Konta even made it to the semifinal at Roland Garros.

Speaking of the women’s game, there have been a few players who have been welcomed back on tour after starting a family. Players like Victoria Azarenka, Serena Williams, and even Kim Clijsters most recently have made a comeback. Although they returned much older, Williams and Azarenka made it to the finals at the Grand Slams in 2018 and 2020, respectively. 

BATH, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 08: Johanna Konta of Great Britain celebrates victory during the Europe/Africa Group A match against Anna Bondar of Hungary during day three of the Fed Cup at the University of Bath on February 08, 2019 in Bath, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Johanna Konta: Great Examples of Women Embracing Motherhood

Not so long ago, Konta was asked about her thoughts on the players returning. To which, she said, “For sure, we have really amazing examples of incredible women who are able to do that, chosen to do that and wanted to do that. Vika is also another incredible example. Also, players are who are embarking on motherhood and looking to play in the future. You know, it’s definitely a pathway that is becoming more walked and more stabilized and trail-blazed by some really incredible women.”

Johanna was then asked whether she would be able to continue playing along with being a mother. She did have a few words to say.

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She stated, “‘I don’t know if that is a path for me. I can’t say I ever imagine myself playing on tour as a mother. I am not closed to the idea. One thing I have worked very hard on in my career is to stay quite open to things around me and for things to change. I am open to that changing. But you know, I don’t know. Probably I’d see myself retire and then start a family. But who knows?’

Speaking about matters on the court, Konta had voiced concerns with regard to playing the Australian Open 2021. With February being finalized, it’ll be interesting to see what decision she takes.


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