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Cool The Semenistaja twins Darja & Marija

A pair of tennis playing identical twins from Latvia and just like with the Pliskovas, there's a left-hander (Darja) and a right-hander (Marija) which makes it extra fun/interesting.

The twins were born on September 16, 2002 in Riga where they still live.

Atm, Darja is ahead of Marija (Darja is currently #14 in the U14 European rankings, having peaked at 6; whereas Marija is #50 atm, with a CHR of 37), but who knows, a lot of things can change in the next 10 months!

Darja has had a good week at Cat. 1 G14 TIM Essonne in France this week, her 2nd tournament of the year, where she reached the SFs. She was the 3rd seed, had a bye in R1, beat Jade Bornay 2 & 3 in R2, 14th seed Pia Lovric 3 & 0 in R3, and 9th seed Melania Delai 7-5 6-3 in QF, before falling to 2nd seed Qinwen Zheng in SF, 6-7(2) 2-6
I guess this good week will bring her back in the Top 10?
Her first event of the year was the Cat. 1 G14 in Stockholm last week. She was the 6th seed, had a bye in R1, beat Pia Lovric 4 & 4 in R2, but lost badly to Holly Fischer in R3, 0 & 4.

As for Marija, she hasn't played any official match since last September and I wonder why? Hope she doesn't have a big injury/health issue

Best of luck to Daša and Maša in the future!
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Re: The Semenistaja twins Darja & Marija

Some updates:

- Daša didn't play for 2 months after TIM Essonne. She's played 3 Cat. 1 G14s this month:
Bohemia Cafex Cup in Czech Rep where she was the 7th seed, beat Nelly Knezkova 4 & 4 in R1, flopped 7-5 4-6 5-7 to Daria Krasnova in R2 ;
then Piestany Cup in Slovakia where she was the 5th seed, beat Knezkova again in R1, 3 & 2, and qualifier Clarine Lerby 4 & 3 in R2, flopped to 12th seed Anika Jaskova 6-7(5) 6-4 5-7 in R3 ;
and this week, Dr. Oetker Junior Trophy in Bucharest where she was the 2nd seed, beat qualifier Anamaria Roxana Iconaru 0 & 1 in R1, Beatrice Laura Pirtac 2 & 0 in R2, and 15th seed Isabela Ioana Dima 7-5 6-1 in R3, was upset by Fatima Keita in QF today, 6-7(10) 3-6
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- As for Maša, she played her first tournament of the year last week - a Cat. 3 G14 in Sweden where she was the top seed but got dismantled in R1 (she won only 3 games ); this week she was in Romania too for the Dr. Oetker Trophy, she was the 9th seed, lost in R1 again, 7-6(5) 3-6 2-6 to Ilinca-Dalina Amariei


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The twins tried to vulture Cat. 3 G16 Stabekk Open in Norway last week.. it was a flop

Daša was the top seed, she had a bye in R1, beat Carolina Piferi 6-0 7-6(2) in R2, and 6th seed Victoria Schnell Jacobsen 1 & 3 in QF, retired at 1-2 in SF against... Maša, seeded 4

Maša - her opponent retired in the first game in R1, she beat Anine Willberg 3 & 0 in R2, and 8th seed Elinor Storkaas 6-3 7-6(4) in QF. She got thrashed by 2nd seed Emilie Elde in the final, 1 & 1

Daša shouldn't have given the win to Maša, there was no way Maša would have had a chance vs. Emilie...

The twins flopped in doubles as well.


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Update:

Daša has done pretty well so far this year.
She's played 3 tournaments so far: first a couple of G5s in Israel, she reached the final of the first one (with a good routine win over 3rd seed Barad Itzhaki in R2, and another good win over fellow 2002 girl Pia Lovric - who seems pretty decent - in 3 sets in SF, and a 6-2 3-6 4-6 loss to top seed Ohana in the final ) and made the SFs of the second (fell 5-7 6-3 5-7 to WC Shavit Kimchi in SF ); and this week, she's through to the QFs of the G4 in Finland (she beat Alena Nikishina 2 & 2 in R1 yesterday, and 6th seed Liisa Vehvilainen (15 yo, Top 600) 2 & 2 as well in R2 today ).

As for Maša otoh, it's a whole other story. She's played the same tournaments as Dasa, has scored only 1 MD win so far - a 3-set win in R1 of the first Israeli G5 (and she did push 4th seed Nasibyan to 3 sets in R2 though ). At the 2nd Israeli G5, she went through the qualies but won only 1 game against 4th seed Barad Itzhaki in R1, and at Finland she was the top seed in qualies but lost her first Q match to Isabelle Haverlag, 6-2 2-6 2-6.

Daša will face top seed Ana Makatsaria (2 years older than her, #269) in QF, GL!


And looking at their results in the 2nd part of last year, I'm seeing Daša won 1 title, 3 months ago at the Cat. 3 G14 in Nastola, Finland (she received a WO from Maša in the final ), plus she was runner-up of a Cat. 3 G16 in Luxembourg in Sept (she lost 6-7(8) 3-6 to Maria Bondarenko in the final). As for Maša, she won 2 Cat. 3 G14, (in Sept in Luxembourg with a 6-7(7) 6-3 7-5 win over Nicole Palecek in the final, and in Denmark in November with a 2 & 1 thrashing of Nikoline Gullacksen in the final).


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Daša is in the final: she upset Ana 7-6(1) 5-7 6-3 yesterday, and beat 5th seed Sasha Hill (turning 15 tomorrow, #454), who thrashed 4th seed Chekhlystova in QF, 7-6(8) 6-2 in SF today!

She'll face Alisa Budanova (same age), who routined 2nd seed Mini Mak in QF and upset 8th seed Haavisto in SF, in the final - davaj Daša!


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Daša beat Alisa 6-1 7-5 in the final

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Daša has flown up to a new CHR of 480 (+263) today

Breaking the Top 700, 600 & 500 all at once


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Daša is taking part to the European Youth Olympic Festival this week in Gyor, Hungary!

She's the 6th seed there, beat Eszter Meri from Slovakia 7-6(8) 6-3 in R1, and Frida Bostrand from Sweden 6-2 7-6(3) in R2

She'll face Elina Avanesyan from Russia (who 12th seed Amariei in R2) in R3, GL!


In doubles, she's playing with Kamillochka and they thrashed Armenian pair Avetisyan/Martirosyan 2 & 1 in R1

They'll face local top seeds Drahota-Szabo/Janosi, who had a bye in R1, in R2


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Also, Daša is at a CHR of 330 this week. She made the final of a G5 in Malta in April (she was the top seed there, lost to unseeded local girl Francesca Curmi 3 & 4 in the final), the semis of a G4 in Montenegro and QFs of a G5 in Moldova in May.

As for Maša, her deepest run in the 11 tournaments she's played so far this year is QF at the G5 in Malta where Daša was runner-up (she upset 2nd seed Cross 3 & 4 in R2 and thrashed 15th seed Herdzrak 0 & 2 in R3, before falling 2 & 1 to Curmi in QF). She's barely Top 900.


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