A lot has been made of the mom power at this year's US Open. With Serena Williams, Tsvetana Pironkova and Victoria Azarenka all stealing the spotlight by reaching the quarterfinals, one mom has been overlooked: Vera Zvonareva.
The Russian left the game in 2015, welcomed her daughter Evelina in 2016, and is now into the US Open doubles final with Laura Siegemund.
"I was never planning to come back because I had too many injuries," the 36-year-old says. "So I had to stop my career. And then [I had my] family, and I never thought I would be playing again. But then I started training a little bit for myself, starting getting in shape. And I thought, well, I'll play a small tournament, and then it turned out well for me. I thought, why not?"
Why not, indeed. During her brief retirement, the former world No. 2 had been working toward a Master's Degree in political science and was dabbling in commentating for Eurosport.