Mother's Day salute: Vika and Serena to Sania and everyone in between

Mother's Day salute: Vika and Serena to Sania and everyone in between

The WTA tour is full of players who have proven, time after time, that there may not be anyone with greater drive than a working mom.

Leading into this Mother's Day, life has been turned upside down as we know it. For the WTA players who balance the workload required to be a world-class athlete with their responsibilities as a mom, they are not in the midst of a grueling European clay-court season.

In a period where identifying silver linings is more prevalent than ever, perhaps 2020 is the year loved ones make clear just how important matriarchs are to their every day life. We salute mothers everywhere, and honor the working moms on the WTA tour.

Victoria Azarenka

Joined mom's club on: December 19, 2016 with son Leo.

Mom moments: posted three Top 6 wins during 2019 season (d. No. 4 Pliskova, No. 5 Kerber and No. 6 Svitolina) and was a finalist in 2019 US Open women's doubles event with Ashleigh Barty.

Victoria Azarenka (Instagram)

Kateryna Bondarenko

Joined mom's club in: 2013 with daughter Karin; and 2019 with daughter Eva.

Mom moments: Raised second WTA singles title at 2017 Tashkent (d. Babos) and upset world No. 7 Roberta Vinci, 6-1, 6-3, in the first round of the 2016 French Open.

Kateryna Bondarenko (Instagram)

Kim Clijsters

Joined mom's club on: February 27, 2008 with daughter Jada;, October 2013 with son Jack; and October 2016 with son Blake.

Mom moments: Won three major titles, at 2009 US Open, 2010 US Open and 2011 Australian Open and became the first mother on tour to reach No. 1 on February 14, 2011 (first topped the rankings on August 11, 2003). Began second comeback in February 2020.

Kim Clijsters (Instagram)

Tatjana Maria

Joined mom's club on: December 20, 2013 with daughter Charlotte. Announced in March 2020 that she and husband Charles were expecting again.

Mom moments: Claimed first WTA singles title at 2018 Mallorca (d. Sevastova) and two weeks later, ousted fifth-ranked Svitolina at Wimbledon.

Tatjana Maria (Instagram)

Mandy Minella

Joined mom's club on: October 30, 2017 with daughter Emma.

Mom moments: Advanced to first WTA singles final at 2018 Gstaad and just under a year after giving birth, reached the doubles final in home event at 2018 Luxembourg (w/Lapko).

Mandy Minella (Instagram)

Sania Mirza

Joined mom's club in: October 2018 with son Izhaan.

Mom moments: In her first tournament back, triumphed at 2020 Hobart (w/N. Kichenok) for 42nd doubles title. The 2020 Australian Open was her first major appearance since the 2017 US Open.

Sania Mirza (Instagram)

Evgeniya Rodina

Joined mom's club in: November 2012 with daughter Anna.

Mom moments: As a qualifier, won three successive three-set matches at 2018 Wimbledon, including over No. 10 seed Keys, to reach round of 16. Peaked at No. 67 in WTA singles rankings on May 6, 2019.

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Patricia Maria Tig

Joined mom's club in: November 2018 with daughter Sofia.

Mom moments: After qualifying at 2019 Bucharest, the home favorite stunned Sevastova and Siegemund en route to her second WTA final. On March 2, 2020, rose to a career-best No. 80 singles ranking. 

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Serena Williams

Joined mom's club on: September 1, 2017 with daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian, Jr.

Mom moments: Reached Wimbledon and US Open finals in 2018 and 2019 and beat No. 1 -ranked Simona Halep in 2019 Australian Open round of 16. Won Auckland in January 2020 and been ranked as high as No. 8 since returning.

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Vera Zvonareva

Joined mom's club in: 2016 with daughter Evelina. 

Mom moments: Captured three WTA doubles crowns, including 2018 St. Petersburg (w/Bacsinzsky), and climbed back to Top 100 singles rankings in January 2019 for first time in nearly six years.

Vera Zvonareva (Facebook)