Dasha from Kyïv, who's gonna turn 15 tomorrow, was the top U14 European girl at the beginning of last year, but she had a pretty underwhelming 2016 eventually and saw fellow Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk, as well as girls like Hindova, Frayman & Charaeva completely sprint past her in terms of results and as a consequence ranking.
But she's just had a very good fortnight in Uzbekistan, so I figured she deserved her own thread as well now!
Indeed, she won G2 Tashkent last week in very convincing fashion: she beat leftie Alise Cernecka 2 & 2 in R1, 3rd seed Vlada Koval (15 yo, #99/CHR 63) 6-0 7-5 in R2, 7th seed Yasmina Karimjanova (15 yo, #211) 4 & 3 in QF, top seed Valeriya Deminova (17 yo, #89) 2 & 1 in SF, and 4th seed Gergana Topalova (17 yo, #171) - who beat fellow Ukrainian (6)Viktoriya Petrenko in SF - 6-0 2-0 ret. in the final!
And this week, she was runner-up of G3 Namangan: she beat Victoria Allen 2 & 3 in R1, top seed Vlada Koval again - 6-2 7-5 in R2, 8th seed Zoziya Kardava (15 yo, #267) 6-3 7-6(4) in QF and 4th seed Valeriya Olyanovskaya (who upset 4th seed Umarova in straights in R2) 6-1 4-0 ret. in SF
, before falling short against Russian 2nd seed Ekaterina Vishnevskaya (17 yo, #111) in the final, 5-7 2-6.
Before that, she reached the QFs of G2 Tunis in Feb. Then a few weeks later, she tried to play G1 Yeltsin Cup qualies without success - she was the 2nd seed, had a bye in Q1 and lost 5-7 2-6 to Russian fellow 2002 girl Elizaveta Dementyeva, seeded 8, in Q2. :-/ So this good couple weeks is very welcome!
Her best singles results in 2016 were: winning Cat. 1 G14 Khimki Christmas Cup (she was the top seed, routined Russian 16th seed Oksana Selekhmeteva 2 & 4 in the final), QFist of Cat. 1 G14 Les Petits As (she was the top seed, was upset by Czech 6th seed and eventual runner-up Denisa Hindova in QF, 6-7(7) 3-6), and SFist at G3 Shymkent last October (she got double-breadsticked by Russian top seed and eventual champion Sofya Lansere in SF).
She was the 5th seed at U14 European Championships last summer in Pilsen, flopped to unseeded 2003 born Brit Kylie Bilchev in R4, 3-6 6-1 3-6.
I guess the highlight of last year for her probably was winning the U14 Fed Cup as part of Team Ukraine (along with Marta Kostyuk and Dasha Lopatetskaya) last summer (they were the top seeds, slew 3rd seeds Czech Rep 3-0 in SF, and beat 2nd seeds USA in the final
Thanks to her big run last week, Dasha has already leaped up to a new CHR of 161
(+203), and next week she'll be in the Top 150
Hopefully she keeps showing this kind of form and improving, davay!