Elina Svitolina reacts after returning to top 20 after Australian Open after 9 months of maternity break.

Elina Svitolina responded to a post congratulating her on returning to the top 20 WTA rankings after maternity leave.

The Ukrainian took a hiatus from tennis in March 2022 owing to health issues and emotional weariness after the Ukraine-Russia war.

Two months into her break, she revealed her first pregnancy with French tennis star Gael Monfils.

She had their baby Skai in October 2022.

On Tuesday, a Svitolina fanpage on Instagram posted a graphic showing her No. 19 WTA ranking. 

The post included a congratulations.Like Svitolina, several mothers return to tennis after childbirth.

After three years out after having her two children, Caroline Wozniacki returned in August 2023.

Seven-time Grand Slam singles champions Naomi Osaka and Angelique Kerber are the latest to return to tennis after delivery.

Osaka returned at the 2024 Brisbane International

while Kerber returned at the 2024 United Cup, where Germany won.

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