WNBA Player Candace Parker and Her Wife Anna Petrakova Are Happy About Baby Number 3 - Latest Global News

WNBA Player Candace Parker and Her Wife Anna Petrakova Are Happy About Baby Number 3

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WNBA star Candace Parker and wife Anna Petrakova“The starting lineup is complete” after the birth of her son Hartt.

The couple shared the exciting news in a joint Instagram post on Monday, June 10, along with a carousel of adorable family photos.

“Hartt Summitt Petrakov Parker❤️ May 21, 2024,” they captioned the sweet snaps. “We are so in love and grateful for our little brother. Zone defense is ummm interesting but we’re coping. Goose is ummm adjusting 🤣 but he’s coping better with his role as a vet 🤣😂😂😂 (Mommy is a rockstar and we love her soooo much) Thank you @aprilbellephotos for always capturing our family!”

Followers and friends rushed to the comments section to congratulate the duo on their newest addition, with many social media users noting that Hartt’s middle name, Summitt, was likely a tribute to Parker’s late basketball coach. Pat Summit.

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“Love the name and what a great way to honor Coach!” wrote one Instagram user, while another added, “Summit made me cry! Congratulations!!!”

Parker previously wrote in an essay for Sports illustrated in 2009.

“Sometimes I didn’t understand her logic, but now that I’m in the real world, I see there was a method behind her madness,” she wrote at the time. “All she did was to make me a better person.”

Parker, 38, and Petrakova, 39, first announced their pregnancy in a draft-themed post on Instagram in December last year.

“Parker is starting at 5-man! Mama and Mommy are moving from man-to-man defense to zone defense this spring!” they wrote. “After four years in the game, we are focused on building our roster. We know this freshman will add value to our lineup and add versatility to our team. The freshman will join our current roster of a shooter, point forward, rebounder and small Tikes rim attacker!”

Hartt is the couple’s second baby together. Their son, Airr Larry, was born in February 2022. Parker is also mother to 14-year-old daughter Lailaa, whom she has with her former NBA player and ex-husband. Sheldon WilliamsThe former spouses were married from 2008 to 2016.

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The Las Vegas Aces star and Petrakova met in 2012 when Parker was playing for UMMC Ekaterinburg in Petrakova’s native Russia during the WNBA offseason. Although their relationship was platonic at first, things took a romantic turn after they shared their first kiss.

“We are scared and ask ourselves: ‘What the hell was that?'” Petrakova said TIME in 2022. “You’re kind of afraid to look each other in the eye, and then you think, ‘OK, so what are we doing? We’re lying to ourselves.’ I think we literally denied it to ourselves for three years. Then we finally accepted it. It was a long, hard process.”

Parker proposed to Petrakova in 2019 during a birthday trip to Mexico in the presence of about 15 close friends and family members. They married in December of the same year.

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