While we’re waiting for the big press conference of Maria Sharapova, at which the Russian might announce her retirement, I’d like to share with you the news of a comeback of Ukrainian former world No.19 Alona Bondarenko, who is now working to be ready to join the WTA circuit in four months.
The 31-year-old Alona, winner of two WTA singles titles (Luxembourg 2006 and Hobart 2010) played her last competitive match in October 2011 in Moscow, more than a year after marrying coach Nikolay Dyachok in July 2010, while in May 2015 she gave birth to son Evgen. A few days ago I came across a video of Alona in which she says that she moved to New York in summer 2015 and started training at MatchPoint NYC two months ago, working on her comeback which should happen in four months, so somewhere in July 2016.
Hear the news from Alona herself:
Looking at the very successful comeback of her younger sister Kateryna Bondarenko, we can have high expectations of Alona’s return, who was a more famous sister at the peak of their careers, which included their 2008 Australian Open doubles title. (photos: Ralf Reinecke)