It's happening in women's tennis… “Returning mother” wins, a champion awaits a happy event

Czech Petra Kvitova, the former runner-up to the Australian Open tennis champion, said on Monday she is expecting her first child with husband and coach Jiri Vanek and will miss the first Grand Slam of the year, which starts in two weeks.

Kvitova, the 33-year-old two-time Wimbledon champion, is currently not participating in the warm-up tournaments in Australia, but her name is on the list of participants for the tournament starting January 14 in Melbourne. 28.

Kvitova said on the social network.

He added on Instagram that he will miss his annual trip to Australia.

“I'm looking forward to spending some time at home for this exciting new chapter in our lives,” she said.

Kvitova lost the 2019 Australian Open final to Naomi Osaka, who returned to competition earlier today after a 15-month absence after giving birth to her first child.

Osaka looked strong in her return to competition after 15 months, beating Germany's Tamara Korbach 6-3, 7-6 in the first round of the Brisbane International Tennis Championships.

The 26-year-old Japanese last played on the WTA Tour at the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo in September 2022 and gave birth to her first child, Shay, in July before intensifying preparations for the Australian Open from January 14 to 28.

Osaka showed no signs of backing down in the first game after returning to the match, breaking Korbach's serve without giving her a chance to win any points.

The former world number one turned up the pressure again at the end of the first set, deciding it with a powerful forehand in 38 minutes.

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Osaka is back after a hiatus

“I was really nervous playing the whole time, but I'm really excited to be here. It's great to be back,” Osaka said after signing autographs for fans and posing for photos with them courtside.

He continued: “I feel like the last two years I played before my daughter was born didn't change anything. I didn't give back the amount of love I got. So I feel like this is what I want to do. In this chapter of my life.”

Osaka has been out of competition for a long time since her second win at Melbourne Park and has taken time off to prioritize her mental health after pulling out of the 2021 French Open and the US Open in the same year.

He said he was happy to feel the fans' love after his recent comeback.

Osaka added, “I really appreciate the fans cheering me on because I feel like I was a little girl trying to watch her heroes play. So playing on these courts is surreal at times.”

In the next round, she will meet former world number one Karolina Pliskova, who will begin her second round of competition.

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