Re: Getting to know: Arantxa Rus!
Getting To Know... Arantxa Rus
The junior circuit is a place one can usually spot some of the up and coming stars of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, and attaining the No.1 junior ranking is usually an even bigger sign of things to come. Arantxa Rus of The Netherlands recently ascended to the No.1 spot in the juniors and now has her sights set on the big leagues; find out a little bit about the 17-year-old in the latest Getting To Know on sonyericssonwtatour.com.
Tell us a bit about your upbringing.
I was born in Delft but now I live in Monster. I've always lived with my parents and sister. When I was five years old my sister brought me along to our local tennis club and I started to play for fun, but I started taking it seriously after a little while. I finished high school last year so now I can focus on tennis much more. My sister and mother still play tennis too.
Who are you being coached by?
I began practicing with the Dutch tennis federation when I was 14 or 15, and have been working with Hugo Akkar and Addi Bank ever since.
What is your game style?
I'm a lefty with a two-handed backhand, and I play with lots of spin. I like my backhand more, but I like both of my groundstrokes. I have a good serve too; sometimes I win a lot of points with my serve. And I prefer to play on clay.
How is the transition from juniors to the Tour going?
I've done well in the juniors. I won my first Grand Slam at the Australian Open this year and made the final in doubles too. I do enjoy playing doubles, especially when it's with another Dutch girl. But the competition is a lot different in juniors. In my first two Tour events, at 's-Hertogenbosch last year and this year, the players want to win every single point and just don't let up. You have to do so well every point. In the juniors, if you're up a set they sometimes don't believe they can win anymore. The level of competition is much different overall.
What are your greatest tennis memories so far?
Definitely winning the girls' title at the Australian Open this year, but I also won a $25,000 ITF Women's Circuit title in Italy a few months ago too, which was great. I'm playing another $25,000 in Belgium next week and I got a wildcard into a $100,000 in Luxembourg this summer too. By the end of the year I hope to be in the Top 200, so I can play qualifying for Tour events and Grand Slams.
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