Irena Pavlovic vs Youlia Fedossova
Yes a lot of common points between Irena and Youlia.
Both born in 1988...Youlia is 2 months older than Irena.
Both are Eastern girl native...Russia for Youlia and Serbia for Irena.
Only a 34 spots gap in the WTA ranking: n°237 for Youlia and n°271 for Irena...which is not significative at tha level.
However, there's a real difference in their experience...as Youlia is a former n°107 (in august 2007) whereas Irena had her best at n°220.
She was 2 times QF at Tokyo Tier IV (in 2004 and 2006) beating in 2004 girls such as n°46 Shaughnessy and n°74 Morigami.
Victorie over n°89 Brandi (2005),
Victories over n°28 Medina Garrigues (USO 2006 reaching the 2nd rd as a qualifer), n°63 Ruano Pascual and n°83 Morigami (Tokyo 2006), n°98 Kanepi (St Raphael 2006 ITF), n°83 Fedak (Poitiers 2006 ITF).
Victories over n°50 Castano (1rst rd at AO 2007 as WC), n°93 Benesova (Antwerp qualies 2007), n°40 Kanepi (1rst rd as qualifer at Stokholm 2007 Tier IV)
No Top 100 victories in 2008.
No Top 100 victories so far in 2009.
Since the beginning of the year Youlia finished Runner up at Grenoble $10K and QF at Belfort $25K.
In comparaison, Irena has a less prestigious CV.
No main draw appearance on the WTA Tour.
Won 3 ITF Titles (2*$10K and 1*$25K).
However, Irena's got really her chance as she started the year better than Youlia and has been playing pretty well since a month with 1*SF at Tenerife $25K (beating Ani her 1rst Top 100 player) and the week after 1*QF at La Palma $25K.
I think she's really confident right now, and I hope she'll beat Youlia...which would mean 20 extra points and a potential Top 230 return.