If you assumed, as we all did without speculating too much, that Elena Vesnina was off the tour because of an injury, it turns out there was a far more significant reason.
And from the looks of the stunning photo she posted on social media Monday, it’s a work well in progress.
Vesnina will celebrate her third wedding anniversary with husband Pavel Tabuntsov next month, as the clock ticks down.
Here she is talking about it, in an interview on the WTA website.
Still ranked No. 10 in doubles, Vesnina’s singles ranking has tumbled to No. 96 as she’s been off the WTA Tour since losing in the first round of the French Open to Bernarda Pera.
When doubles partner Ekaterina Makarova started teaming up with other players immediately after the pair won the big Madrid event together, the assumption was that they somehow had broken up and were seeing other people.
It turned out there was a long-term project brewing.
Vesnina played in Paris with Jelena Ostapenko, losing in the first round.
And that, until further notice, is it!
No news on when the baby is due, or whether it’s a boy or girl.
It’s the second WTA Tour baby announcement in 24 hours, as retired star Martina Hingis had news of her own on her 38th birthday Sunday.