So, some facts about Donna's match vs. Kulichkova, currently 794th player
in the ranking.
First of all, her opponent in whole her career (before this tournament) has had W-L 7-4 and just on 10k tournaments. Her biggest wins were against numbers 372 and 375.
This week, she beat 4 top 300 players, among only Kichenok is top 200 (at WTA 192th). Which means, she has never played against top 100
player before match against Donna!
Furthermore, she is still very active on junior tour. Her career high there was 3rd place last year in May, while currently she is 19th. This year she is on 11-3 in singles and 9-2 in doubles. So, we can see, she is still focused more on juniors than seniors. Her best junior result by far is Australian Open semifinal where she was stopped by...Ana Konjuh (6-2 3-6 6-1)!
Also, we shouldn't forget facts about their H2H meetings. Although all of them were in 2011. and on junior tour, still can be good sign. Donna is leading 2-1
, but both of meetings she won, were on clay. Results were 6-3 7-6 and 6-3 6-3 (this one was in final in Kolkata). While on hard
, in final, in Delhi Kulichkova won 5-7 7-6 7-5!
Well, since that, Donna has achieved much more in seniors and definitely has more experience. She is favorite by far in today's match on paper but we really could see how Elisaveta was impressive so far on this tournament and that is not going to be easy at all.
Let's go Donna and good luck!