Former world number one Victoria Azarenka will return to competition at the WTA tournament in Stanford, California in July, seven months after giving birth to son Leon.

“I am very excited to be returning to the WTA at the Bank of the West Classic,” 27-year-old Azarenka said in comments posted on the tour’s website. “Becoming a mother has been the most rewarding thing that has ever happened to me and really puts things in perspective. I am looking forward to beginning this new stage of my career.”

Azarenka, a two-time Australian Open champion, launched her 2016 campaign with back-to-back titles at Indian Wells and Miami, but missed the rest of the season after announcing she was expecting Leo in December.

Source: AFP