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