Tennis at Wimbledon
“I am a mother”: Maria as a mother of two as good as ever
Tatjana Maria is in the round of 16 for the first time in a Grand Slam tournament. The 34-year-old sees his family as an important factor. “The next champion” is already training by your side.
Husband and coach Charles-Edouard cheers in the stands, daughter Charlotte cheers in front of the television at the gym. Tatjana Maria’s extraordinary success at Wimbledon is also a very special family story.
In the 35th attempt, the 34-year-old is in the round of 16 for the first time in his long career in a Grand Slam tournament – and sees his closest and his own role as a mother of two as an important factor.
“Maybe you think a little differently as a mother, my focus is on my children,” Maria reported after her surprising third round success against world number five Maria Sakkari from Greece. “I’m going over there later, picking up my kids from daycare and being a mom. Nothing has changed for them, whether I win or lose.”
The daughter Charlotte is also on the field
For the first time since the birth of her second daughter Cecilia 15 months ago, Maria is back playing on the classic lawn and is better than ever. “So proud of you,” congratulated former finalist Sabine Lisicki on her success. “So strong Tadde,” German women’s chief Barbara Rittner wrote to Maria, who was also active in the DTB selection for many years.
The older daughter Charlotte has already taken over her mother’s sporting passion. On the eighth day, Charlotte initially had indoor training at half past eight, after which her mother intervened in her game.
When Maria trains at Wimbledon, Charlotte also likes to tumble around the pitch with her racket. The world number two, Ons Jabeur, loves to play with the eight-year-old, says Maria and rejoices over her daughter: “She will be the next champion.”
Maria surprises with outdated playing style
Maria herself annoys her opponents with her untraditional style of play, which has actually gone out of fashion in modern tennis. She plays many undercut balls with both backhand and forehand, which bounce flat off, especially on grass. “I know everyone is stressed even before the match,” she says with a laugh. “Therefore, it is an advantage for me, especially here on grass, that I know that I can certainly hurt and that everyone treats me as an opponent with respect.”
With these disc balls, Maria likes to move quickly to the net on opposite serve to build up pressure. It will be exciting in the round of 16 to see how the extremely aggressive former French Open winner Jelena Ostapenko from Latvia, who is seeded number twelve, will cope.
Maria is an advocate for family rights
Her husband, who also coaches Maria, will, as usual, plan the tactics for the quarterfinals. Her influence on the tennis scene goes beyond her sporting success. The player, who was born in Bad Saulgau and who also talks to neighbor Serena Williams about the children in Florida, has long been committed to more rights for mothers and families on the tour.
Most recently, she asked the WTA for better support and separate rules for a return to the trip. However, there has been no response from the women’s professional organization so far. “It’s time to help and accommodate mothers more,” she said again.
Mary knows how to fight. 14 years ago a thrombosis was discovered on the leg, it was in danger of death for some time. Her father, who had accompanied her to tournaments, died a little later. “A few things happened to me that automatically make you stronger,” Maria said on Sky about her fates, “and if you have children, you have to be strong too.”