April 29, 2008
Baby Joy For Myskina
- Russian tennis pioneer Anastasia Myskina, who has been out of action on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour for nearly a year now, became a first-time mother on Monday, April 28, 2008.
After missing most of last season with a left foot injury, Myskina announced she was pregnant, and on Monday afternoon in Moscow she gave birth to a son, Zhenya. She has not made any announcements on whether or not she will return to the Tour.
Although there has been strong Russian talent prior to this decade, most of the country's first big breakthroughs can be attributed to Myskina. The Muscovite, who turns 27 this summer, became the first Russian woman to win a Grand Slam singles title at the French Open in 2004, defeating Elena Dementieva in the first all-Russian Grand Slam final. She was also the first Russian to break into the Top 5 since the inception of computer rankings in 1975 (she went all the way to No.2, which has only been surpassed by Maria Sharapova, and equalled by Svetlana Kuznetsova).
Myskina has 10 career Tour singles titles, including Roland Garros in 2004 and two Tier Is at Moscow in 2003 and 2004. She also holds five Tour doubles titles, including one Tier I trophy at Moscow in 2004 (with Vera Zvonareva). She was also a member of Russia's first victorious Fed Cup teams, in 2004 and 2005.