Thursday, March 19, 2009

Spotlight: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova

She hails from Russia. She's 17-years-old and ranked No. 42 in the world. Today, she bested No. 7 Agnieszka Radwanska from Poland in straight sets to reach her first big-league semifinal.

Along the way, she bested another Pole, Marta Domachowska, in straights; No. 2 seed Jelena Jankovic in straights; Karin Knapp from Italy in straights; Nuria Llogostera Vives from Spain in straights. In her next match, she'll play No. 5 seed Ana Ivanovic (No. 23 seed Sybille Bammer of Austria just withdrew as I'm writing this with a shoulder injury) who, from what little I've seen this event, she can beat in straights.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Pav-lee-oo-CHEN-ko-vuh. Get to know her name.

Or not.

Indian Wells, California -- where female tennis stars are born, but only a few mature.


pompelmo said...

I know junior grand slam titles does not mean much when the peers of a 17 old winner are competing in the women's draw. But this kid did that twice when she was 14 and 15. That should mean something since she is still 17. I believe she can easily become top ten in this talentwise deserted WTA.

Thuto said...

I'm gonna mark her name.Besides her game, i like her a a person.
Except she beat the other half of my favorite sisters -older Radwanska.
oh well, i guess u can never have too many favorites. Anyone but that shriekin' Azarenka girl.Gawd! i can't stand her.

Thuto said...

Oh did i mention the Radwanska Sisters are the next Williams Sisters?
They are gonna rule i tell u.