41-Year-Old Serena Williams Snubbed as Her Tennis Career Post Pregnancy Gets Sidelined as Elina Svitolina Makes Crude French Open Admission – ‘Didn’t Have Any..’

Published 06/05/2023, 1:58 PM EDT

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WTA realm boasts of multiple tennis celebrities like Chris Evert, Kim Clijsters, Serena Williams, and others who have made a comeback after becoming a mother. They have proven to be an inspiration for the new generation of WTA players. One such player is Elina Svitolina. However, it was not Serena Williams who motivated her to make a comeback.

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Crediting other WTA personalities as her motivation behind her comeback, she sidelined the name of the 23-time Grand Slam champion. Despite that, Svitolina is making sure to bring her best game to the French Open.

Elina Svitolina credits Kim Clijsters sidelining Serena Williams for her comeback after becoming a mother

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Serena Williams shocked the world after winning the 2017 Australian Open. After her victory, she revealed that she was pregnant while the major was going on. Furthermore, when she made a comeback after giving birth to Olympia, she reached the finals of two majors the next year.

Her comeback stirred the hearts of sports enthusiasts all over the world. However, there were other WTA players like her who did the same. And it is these players who have proved to be Svitolina’s motivation. The Ukrainian player gave birth to her daughter Skai with Gael Monfils six months ago. And now she is back with an astounding comeback.

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During the press conference, she was asked about her inspiration. Svitolina stated, “Well, I didn’t have any contact with anyone, but I know a few athletes.” Continuing, she added, “Like Tatjana Maria, she made final in Wimbledon.” Her run proved motivational for the player. Svitolina stated, “It’s a huge motivation to do better, even better than she did this amazing run.” 

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She also quoted Kim Clijsters who made a comeback in 2009 after having her daughter Jada. Svitolina added, “Clijsters, she won a Grand Slam after the baby. So I have this motivation to do it.” The Ukrainian player last year faced issues because of the Russian-Ukraine conflict. This year, however, she wants to perform her best on the court.

Svitolina against Aryna Sabalenka 

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Concluding the press conference she said, “I’m working really hard towards this goal.” Svitolina is all geared up for her quarter-finals against none other than sensational player Aryna Sabalenka.

Sabalenka is on a fiery streak with one Grand Slam title already under her name this year. All in all, do you think the new Mama Elina Svitolina repeat history like Kim Clijsters?

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Shivali Sharma

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Shivali Sharma is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports, who specializes in off-court topics and has a particular focus on the legendary ‘Queen of the Court’, Serena Williams. With a wealth of experience in the industry, Shivali has authored numerous articles covering varied topics concerning the 23-time Grand Slam champion, including her personal life, career, and more. In addition to her work on Serena Williams, Shivali is also a huge fan of Naomi Osaka and admires the four-time Major winner, particularly for her advocacy for mental health.
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