Tennis-Kateryna Bondarenko
Kateryna Bondarenko poses along with her 2d kid on the Al Habtoor tennis tournament on Tuesday.
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Dubai: Former Grand Slam champion Kateryna Bondarenko is proud of herself in mixing motherhood with tennis and attaining unfulfilled targets. Bondarenko — youngest of 3 sisters (Valeria and Alona being the opposite two) at the WTA Excursion — delivered her 2d child Eva 8 months again. Her first kid Karin, now six, is already in class however the youngest of the Bondarenko sisters does no longer see any of this coming in her method of being one of the best all over the place once more.

“I wish to be within the top-20 within the subsequent one and-a-half years. That may be a practical and achievable function I will set for myself,” Bondarenko instructed Gulf Information at the sidelines of the continuing 22nd Al Habtoor Tennis Problem being held on the Habtoor Grand Seaside Hotel and Spa.

“We’ve were given a long way too many examples of moms charting tennis careers lengthy after they have got hung out elevating their kids. I’m no exception. I wish to be the similar and spot how a lot more I will push myself in attaining higher heights on this recreation that I really like such a lot,” the 33-year-old added.

Bondarenko has been effectively balancing her private {and professional} existence since marrying her former trainer Denis Volodko in September 2011. In 2013, the primary child arrived and Bondarenko controlled to get again directly to the courtroom inside of a couple of months. The Ukrainian used to be again once more on the courts inside of few months after the second one child used to be born previous this yr.

“I simply love the sensation of being along those gamers. I really like the demanding situations. I really like the travelling and maximum of all I really like that feeling of competing and successful,” she comparable.

Having became professional in 2000, Kateryna teamed up along with her older sister Alona to win the doubles on the 2008 Australian Open. After that luck, her scores shot up and Bondarenko reached a profession top No 29 within the singles and No nine within the doubles.

All the way through her profession, she has defeated one of the most very best in industry together with Elena Dementieva, Ana Ivanovic, Li Na, Agnieszka Radwanska, Roberta Vinci, Venus Williams and Garbine Muguruza in Dubai on the 2017 Dubai Responsibility Loose Tennis Championships. Her very best singles end result at a Grand Slam used to be a quarter-final look on the 2009 US Open. “There’s no time to compensate for the singles,” she mentioned.

“It’s a laugh having youngsters and nonetheless managing your time for coaching, workout, health in order that I will to find the very best stability between recreation and existence. Most likely issues have been other previous in my profession, however now I do know I will play with none type of drive on myself. My youngsters gained’t care or pass judgement on me whether or not I’m successful or shedding,” Bondarenko comparable.

“That is what I experience and that is what I wish to do so long as I will. I don’t know until once I wish to play, however needless to say, it will be many extra years any further,” she added.

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