She has a cool name... but more importantly, she also seems pretty good!
She was born on November 9, 1997 in Kyiv, and she's Natalia Bondarenko's (Alona & Katya's mum) pupil.
She's currently ranked #82, but got a CHR of 70 last May.
She had a great start in 2014, where she made, successively: final of G2 Donetsk City Cup on indoors clay (lost to (4)Natalia Vikhlyantseva, 6-7(5) 3-6 in the final), final of G2 Tashkent ITF Junior on hard (lost to (2)Daria Kruzhkova, 3-6 6-0 2-6 in the final), winner of G3 Namangan International Junior Tournament on hard (she was seed 8, and beat (3)Ojasvinee Singh 3 & 3 in the final
), SFs of G2 Plovidv Cup on clay (she was seed 5 and lost to the eventual champion (6)Tamara Zidansek, 3-6 6-3 5-7
), winner of G3 Kenana Cup on clay (she was the 2nd seed, beat (5)Gyulnara Nazarova 6-1 5-0 ret. in the final) - all of this in a row.
But after this, she played only 4 tourneys and... lost in R1 everytime, and really badly.
Lost to Vera Lapko at 10K Minsk, 2 & 1. Then lost to Irina Khromacheva at 25K Minsk, 2 & 3. Then got destroyed by Anna Bondar at the U18 European Junior Championships, 0 & 1.
And then lost to Polina Pekhova at 25K Batumi, 6-7(5) 0-6.
I think she aimed too high with these 25Ks...
Anyways. She's back this week, playing her 1st tournament of the year - G2 Donetsk City Cup... that was moved to Cherkassy because of the terrible situation in Donetsk currently I suppose.
She's the 4th seed there, and through to the SFs - so the losing streak of 4 is ended, thank god!
She beat Valeriya Deminova 7-5 6-3 in R1, (Q)Maryna Chernyshova 4 & 1 in R2, and (5)Ksenia Stashenkova 1 & 4 in QF.
Some great straight-set wins over good players here.
SF vs. (2)Olesya Pervushina should be tough... GL