Savransky 2006 - The mission to the Grand Slams
(for detailed information regarding 2005 please enter savransky 2005 thread)
Savransky has been a very positive attribute to Israeli tennis in 2005.
While Peer was the one in the spotlight, Savransky began her big steps up the rankings as well, as low as 376 in february she catapualted to 218 at one point and now lies in 227th.
Her doubles career bloomed as well, and during her partnership period with Nadeja Ostrovaskaya the pair captured two titles compiling a 13-2 win/loss record on the ITF tour before spliting up with to thier separate careers.
but like most tennis players - the main interest IS in singles, and in that department Savransky shined to lift the trophy in Germany in the 25K tourny in Durmersheim as well as reaching three semifinals in the same level at Redding, California mont-de marsan, France and Torun, Poland.
Savransky beat 3 top200 players during the year, including a career-best improving win over 109th Fujiwara of Japan, in Redding California.
It was also a year of upgrade - last year Savransky won an incredible career best 44 wins, but only 6 of them were in tournaments of more prestigue and prize money than 10Ks. This year the transformation was complete with Savransky winning all her 29 wins in 25Ks and up. of them - 5 were in 50K+ status. Savransky also got to taste the elite WTAtour, participating in 3 wta qualification events, but unsuccesful going 0-3.
Lastly - it was a year in which "yeffi" embraced the Clay surface playing only 6 hardcourt tournaments and an additional one-time carpet experience. she won 19 matches on clay to only 9 losses, improving on her 58/45 win/loss record that wasn't as impressive.
And she will start her pre-Aussie campaign on clay as well.
In a few months time Savransky will have a chance to Participate in one of the 4 most prestigous events of tennis - the Australian Open Grand Slam.
She'll be there as a qualifier, and for the moment she's just about right for the cutoffs, but with a few points coming off this month, she wants to make sure she can book the flight and will participate in two large ITF tournaments during the official off-season of the wtatour.
This means that these tournies are immensly strong, with top100 players competing and meeting top200 unseeded players.
In this week Savransky just made it to MD and will be the lowest ranked player apart the qualifiers. The tournament is in France in Deauville. it's a 50K and reaching the Quarter finals will promise Yevgenia an entrance to the Aussie open (remember - Cutoffs are made 6 weeks before main draw play begins, so Yevgenia is "stealing" 2006 time through these couple of off season tournies to boost her rankings and secure the spot).
However - winning 2 consecutive matches is probably too much, and she'll have to hope she can win her opening match here and then qualify for next week's tourny.
The Main Draw is out and it see's Yevgenia in a Considerably easy quarter - but in a bit of bad luck she srew a seed - Stepanie Cohen-Aloro of france, ranked 103rd in the world.
the pair were supposed to meet Joue les tours in October, but Savransky had to withdraw prior to the match start.
Should she win - It will improve her career-best, yet unfortunatly the quality points - better known as "bonus points" will not be accumulated as they will be dropped next year.
Cohen-Aloro is a strong baselining player who was highlightes last year for pushing Australian open Champion Serena Williams to three sets. She beat two top30 players and had a solid season on the wta circuit getting as high as 88 in the ranking at one point in the year. Savransky will come as a clear underdog, inferior in all the statistics.
But one thing does leave her hope - Deauville is on clay, the surface Cohen-aloro does her least at, lossing 4 first round encounters the past year going 4/6 with her wins with only a single win over a top100 player. It's the only surface on which Savransky can take her powerful shots, and it's the most forgiving surface fot Yevgenia's forehand-slice which she often uses to get out of trouble.
Cohen-Aloro is a single handed backhand player, and will look to load it up with topspin and keep savransky way behind the baseline. she's a big girl at 1.75 and a solid player all around, with good net skills.
It's going to require alot from Yeffi - and if she can surpass the frenchwoman, she'll be rewarded hugely for a QF-match berth against a local WC.
If Savransky can upgrade her 50K play the way she upgraded her 25K play last year, she'll be in the top200 in no time. If she can continue improving the way she did last year, she'll compete at all 4 grand slams this year and in time - she might even qualify for a wtatour event.
best of luck for this year Yeffi - We wish you great success and pride for this year!
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