Mum's the word at this years US Open! 3 mothers on the WTA tour into the 3R - Azarenka, Pironkova and Williams

Aussie Darcy

Bionic Poster
Truly incredible.

Going into the tournament there were 9 WTA players who were mothers. These were:
Victoria Azarenka, Tsvetana Pironkova, Serena Williams, Kim Clijsters, Vera Zvonareva, Tatjana Maria, Kateryna Bondarenko, Patricia Maria Tig and Olga Govortsova.

The first 3 are into the 3R while the other 6 have been eliminated.

Just a truly amazing feat, absolute kudos to these ladies.
 
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Aussie Darcy

Bionic Poster
All three mums have made it into the 4R!

Pironkova beat Vekic 6-4 6-1
Serena defeated Sloane 2-6 6-2 6-2
Azarenka knocked out Swiatek 6-4 6-2
 

Tennis_Hands

Bionic Poster
You can’t see the significance? Move on then. I’m not going to try and debate with you about why three women who’ve given birth, returned to tennis and competed in 4 matches for several hours is a big deal.
Modern medicine is a wonder. The mothers nowadays deliver their babies and get up the same day. They have to deal with other problems, but they are not much different than going through an injury, except, their organisms get stronger (instead of weaker in the case of an injury) as per the natural requirement to actually support their babies.

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skaj

Hall of Fame
Modern medicine is a wonder. The mothers nowadays deliver their babies and get up the same day. They have to deal with other problems, but they are not much different than going through an injury, except, their organisms get stronger (instead of weaker in the case of an injury) as per the natural requirement to actually support their babies.

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It's not only about medicine, but about different approach to motherhood(and fatherhood). Women today fell like they can do both more than they used to. Men are talking care of the children more than in the past.
 

Tennis_Hands

Bionic Poster
It's not only about medicine, but about different approach to motherhood(and fatherhood). Women today fell like they can do both more than they used to. Men are talking care of the children more than in the past.
So, what you are saying is that AD is marvelling at the progress of the society, rather than pointing at the personal achievements of the said players?

Fair enough, but I think that to most anyone who had advanced to that level of understanding it is not particularly surprising or even a point of discussion.

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skaj

Hall of Fame
So, what you are saying is that AD is marvelling at the progress of the society, rather than pointing at the personal achievements of the said players?

Fair enough, but I think that to most anyone who had advanced to that level of understanding it is not particularly surprising or even a point of discussion.

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No, I am just saying what I'm saying, nothing more.

As for the level of understanding, I think there's still a lot of work to be done there.
 

skaj

Hall of Fame
The question was sarcastic (/s indicator at the end).
None of the men in the quarterfinals are dads (that we or they know of).
There were some in the 3rd round though, very responsible people, you can see that they are parents right away.
 

Tennis_Hands

Bionic Poster
Pironkova also hasn’t played for 3 years and this is her very first tournament back. Very impressive
Isn't she playing Serena next?

If so at least one mother will have made it to the SFs. :D

Jokes aside, that is very impressive. Three years is quite a long absence for giving a birth and coming back to the game. She took her time apparently. Wise move.

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mxmx

Hall of Fame
So, what you are saying is that AD is marvelling at the progress of the society, rather than pointing at the personal achievements of the said players?

Fair enough, but I think that to most anyone who had advanced to that level of understanding it is not particularly surprising or even a point of discussion.

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To me it's just saying tennis is getting weaker. Same like the mens tour. The young folk not coming through as they should. Tennis was just stronger when Federer and Serena came through (and before that). It has just sloped downwards after they peaked. All the great old players are proving this.
 

Tennis_Hands

Bionic Poster
To me it's just saying tennis is getting weaker. Same like the mens tour. The young folk not coming through as they should. Tennis was just stronger when Federer and Serena came through (and before that). It has just sloped downwards after they peaked. All the great old players are proving this.
For the life of me, I can't make the same connection between the thread and the said implication.

I agree with your general sentiment though.

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Aussie Darcy

Bionic Poster
To me it's just saying tennis is getting weaker. Same like the mens tour. The young folk not coming through as they should. Tennis was just stronger when Federer and Serena came through (and before that). It has just sloped downwards after they peaked. All the great old players are proving this.
Men’s tour for sure is getting weaker with the youngsters not coming through but not at all the case for the women’s tour. This is the first time 3 mums made it this far and it likely happened because the majority of the top players who withdrew prior to the tournament were younger women in their early 20s or late teens. #1 Barty, #6 Andreescu, #10 Bencic, #2 Halep etc.

As for “the young folk not coming through and Serena showing this” I’d like to point out that Serena hasn’t won a slam in over 3.5 years and has lost the last 2 USO finals to much younger females Naomi Osaka and Bianca Andreescu.

Fun reminder that the WTA had a slam champion born in the 2000s before the men had one from the 1990’s (and is still the case until this slam is complete).
 

mxmx

Hall of Fame
Men’s tour for sure is getting weaker with the youngsters not coming through but not at all the case for the women’s tour. This is the first time 3 mums made it this far and it likely happened because the majority of the top players who withdrew prior to the tournament were younger women in their early 20s or late teens. #1 Barty, #6 Andreescu, #10 Bencic, #2 Halep etc.

As for “the young folk not coming through and Serena showing this” I’d like to point out that Serena hasn’t won a slam in over 3.5 years and has lost the last 2 USO finals to much younger females Naomi Osaka and Bianca Andreescu.

Fun reminder that the WTA had a slam champion born in the 2000s before the men had one from the 1990’s (and is still the case until this slam is complete).
I agree with you. I think the slope has been greater in mens tennis than women's. But there is also some disappointing aspects such as Coco falling out whereas in the past someone like Capriati or Hingis as teens would not have done so imo. But yes the WTA is harder to criticise in more recent years with some of the problems.
 

mahesh69a

Semi-Pro
Where is the thread tracking the progress of dads? /s
Have a child grow inside you for 9 months and then push it of you and then we can talk.
I have no delusions about the male participant's 'contribution' to the process of child birth.

I have already mentioned that there is a /s sarcasm indicator at the end of my question. I forgot it is Darcy the drama queen's thread I was replying to. I will not shorten it to /s in the future maybe and explicitly write /sarcasm in your glorious presence.
 
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