Katya (born Jan 29, 2004) is the third very promising 2004 born Russian, along with Kristina Volgapkina & Diana Shnaider. So far she's been a bit in the shadow of Kristina (who had very impressive results last year), and Diana (who also had a very strong last year), but who knows who will develop into the better player as they move up age categories... Kristina has had a bad start to 2017, losing the 2 singles matches she's played so far, while Katya & Dianka (the 2 lefties
) have done about equally better in these first 2 tournaments of the year.
So, so far this year Katya has played 2 Cat. 1 G14s in Russia: O1 Properties Christmas Cup in Khimki last week, where she received a MDWC, beat Veronika Solovyeva 7-5 6-2 in R1 and 12th seed Katerina Dimitrova (who was one of the most dominant 2004 European girls last year, but has weirdly been in flop form in her last few tournaments) 6-1 4-6 6-3 in R2
before losing to 5th seed Alina Scherbinina (2003) 5-7 1-6 in R3
; and Junior Kremlin Cup in Ryazan this week, where she beat Sara Rasskazova 2 & 1 in R1, before losing again to Scherbinina, this time seeded 3, in R2 - 5-7 3-6 (Alina then routined Diana, seeded 13, 3 & 4 in R3
However, she & Diana are through to the dubs final, which is cool!
They'll face 2nd seeds Aleshina/Petrovskaia (2003) in the final though, won't be easy...
Last year, Katya played only 5 international tournaments (didn't win any title in singles), which explains why she's still ranked pretty low... When she gets a ranking that fits her real level more, she'll stop drawing dangerous seeds so early and she'll have more deep runs.
She played Open Super 12 Auray (the unofficial U12 Slam, pretty much the U12 equivalent to U14 tourney Les Petits As): she beat Mathilde Gilles 0 & 2 in R1 but got thrashed by Esma Dodooglu in R2, 2 & 0.
As an interesting footnote, it's Kristina who went on to win the title!
Les Petits As are starting in a few days, hopefully Katya will play it!