Jans-Ignacik Revelling In New Role
Published February 26, 2014 12:12
ACAPULCO, México - As any new parent will attest, juggling work and looking after a new arrival is no easy task.
Perfecting the balancing act becomes all the more difficult when your profession involves travelling the world playing tennis, something new mother Klaudia Jans-Ignacik is finding out first hand since returning to the circuit in January.
Last summer, Jans-Ignacik gave birth to her first child, Aniela, to join Roger Federer and Cara Black in tennis' parents' club. However, the Pole, who reached a career-high doubles ranking of No.28 shortly before going on maternity leave, was keen to keep her absence from the game to a minimum.
"My pregnancy was really good and I had no problems at all," Jans-Ignacik said. "I was even playing a little bit of tennis until seven months and also doing lots of yoga, so I was even then preparing myself so that it would be much faster for me to come back after giving birth.
"Three months after my daughter was born, I began to practice again and doing all the fitness work. It was tough and I knew I'd have to do a little bit more work than usual, but I wanted to come back and be fit again."
Jans-Ignacik made her comeback at a low-key event in France, before returning to the WTA fold in Paris. And despite her extended leave of absence from the game, it has not taken the 29-year-old long to get back in the swing of things.
"I did all the work in two and a half months and then I played my first tournament, which was really exciting because I thought it was going to take much longer for me to come back," she said. "The first match I was a little bit nervous - I was doing a little bit too much on court - but it was only the first set maybe and then it started to feel like I never had the break."
Her comeback continues this week in Acapulco, where she is partnering Maryna Zanevska. After coming through their opening match, Jans-Ignacik and Zanevska could face No.3 seeds Ashleigh Barty and Marina Erakovic in the quarterfinals.
Aniela has not made the trip to México, although it may not be too long before she is joining her parents on the road.
"Probably I will bring her to a tournament soon. I think first I will take her to Katowice in Poland in a few months. She's still really small, only seven months, and it's really hot here in México and she's still not sleeping the whole night so I'd probably have to bring my whole family!
"We've already said, though, that next year we'll bring her here because she will have so much fun. She'll be a year and a half, so she can run on the beach and that'll be pretty cool to have her here."
For the time being, the grandparents are on babysitting duty back in Poland. "My husband and I are very lucky because Aniela can stay with our parents whenever we are leaving. It's good they are with them because they love to spend time with her and I don't worry. I get one message a day: 'She eats, she sleeps, she walks' - it's perfect, no worries at all."