The Bulgarian– once a Wimbledon semifinalist– gave birth to a child, Alexander, before obtaining need to rejoin the circuit.
“Once you become a mother you don’t magically lose your ability to play,” Pironkova appropriately mentioned to the WTA. “If you want to do it I don’t think there’s something that can stop you from doing it.”
But she said ending up being a mom altered her viewpoint.
“Your priorities have nothing to do with what they did before,” she told press reporters Thursday ina Zoom call “Nothing is the same really. Right now I’m just happy to be playing. Having the opportunity for him to watch me also makes me really happy.
“It’s simply wonderful to be playing without that extra stress that I had on my myselfbefore Before it was like nearly a life-and-death scenario for meto win a match Right currently it’s not truly like that.”
Pironkova said a rule change that came into effect last year also contributed to her decision to come back. Players who rejoin the tour after becoming a mom can use their last ranking to potentially get into a certain number of tournaments.
That ranking stood at No. 123 in the world, which would have normally forced the 33-year-old to go through qualifying.
But it was scrapped to limit the numbers on site as part of tennis’ bubble amid the coronavirus pandemic and so Pironkova snuck into the 128-player singles draw in New York.
There is no junior event and mixed doubles, while women’s and men’s doubles fields have been reduced. Fans are being kept away, too.