Candace Parker Doesn’t Have Husband: Meet Partner Anna Petrakova

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Candance Parker doesn’t have a husband. Her personal life is marked by a beautiful partnership with her spouse, Anna Petrakova.

Her ex-husband is also a former basketball player, but it ended up as a sad affair.

Embracing the philosophy that every new beginning emerges from the closure of another chapter, Candace Parker found happiness once again after her divorce.

Now, in a blissful and loving marriage, she shares her life with her partner, Anna Petrakova, creating a beautiful and fulfilling new chapter together.

Candace Parker In A Basketball Photoshoot
Candace Parker In A Basketball Photoshoot (Source: Instagram)

Candace Nicole Parker, nicknamed “Ace,” was born on April 19, 1986.

She is an American professional basketball player for the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) Las Vegas Aces.

The Los Angeles Sparks selected her as the first overall pick in the 2008 WNBA Draft, the first step on her path to being one of the most talented WNBA players.

She played with the Sparks for 13 seasons and the Chicago Sky for two, winning a championship with each.

Parker and her family relocated to Naperville, Illinois, when she was two years old, where she spent her childhood.

Initially, she was very reluctant to play basketball as it felt overwhelming, so she chose to play soccer.

Interestingly, she was in the eighth grade when her family convinced her to play basketball. 

Candace Parker Doesn’t Have A Husband? She Is Breaking Stereotypes  

Candace Parker doesn’t have a husband however, her ex-husband is Shelden Williams, who is a former professional basketball player from the United States. 

Williams was born on October 21, 1983, in Oklahoma and went to Mid-west city high school.

He was known as “The Landlord” and played basketball for the Duke Blue Devils in college. The ex-husband then spent a total of seven seasons playing in the NBA.

Williams became only the fifth player in history to win the NABC Defensive Player of the Year Award in consecutive years in 2005 and 2006 while playing for Duke.

Williams got married to Parker on November 13, 2008, and they have a daughter named Lailaa, who is living with Parker currently. 

Candace Parker Ex-Husband Shane Williams
Candace Parker’s Ex-Husband, Shane Williams (Source: Instagram)

Her ex-husband filed for divorce in November 2016 under the grounds of irreconcilable differences.

Prior to the divorce, they had been residing separately for three months.

They each have equal custody of their daughter, with neither having to pay the other with child support.

In 2019, Shelden established the Shelden Williams Foundation. The Shelden Williams Foundation is devoted to empowering student-athletes and their families.

It is engaged in delivering and supporting activities that promote mental and physical health via sports, education, and community involvement.

Candance Parker Partner Anna Petrakova

Currently, a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community, Candance is happily married to professional Russian basketball player Anna Petrakova.

The pair got married in 2019, which was revealed only after two years on their anniversary via Instagram

Parker married the love of her life in front of close family and friends.

Candace Parker With Her Partner Anna Petrakova, Daughter And Son
Candace Parker With Her Partner Anna Petrakova, Daughter And Son (Source: Instagram)

On February 11, 2022, Candace and Petrakova welcomed their son named Airr Larry Petrakov Parker.

Petrakova played with the women’s national basketball team of Russia, which placed fourth in the 2012 Summer Olympics.

She also won the 2013 FIBA Europe SuperCup Women, the 2012-13 EuroLeague, and the 2011-12 EuroCup Women.

Siblings, Anthony, And Marcus

Candace is the youngest among the Parker siblings. She has two older brothers who have pushed her to become a better version of herself. 

Anthony Parker, a former American professional basketball player who has also been in the NBA, Italy, and Israel, is 11 years older than Candace.

Anthony currently serves as the general manager of the NBA team Orlando Magic.

He married his wife Tamy early in his professional basketball career, and the couple welcomed their first child in 2002.

Parker Family with Anthony, Marcus, Their Parents And Their Sister.
Parker Family with Anthony, Marcus, Their Parents, And Their Sister (Source: Chicago Magazine)

Marcus Parker, Candace’s second brother, is eight years her older than her. Just like his siblings, Marcus also used to play basketball at his high school.

But moving ahead in life, he decided to choose a different career path than his siblings.

Marcus went on to attend the Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

He began working as a resident at the John Hopkins Hospital Hospital Department of Radiology after finishing an internship at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center Department of Medicine.

Furthermore, Marcus is married and has a daughter named Naomi. She also plays basketball and is an aspiring young athlete.

Bibek Dhoj Thapa
Bibek Dhoj Thapa

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