Following my creating a thread for Kamilla Bartone, here is a thread for Daniela as well
Daniela is a 15 yo (born August 10, 2000) from Riga who already is a junior Top 300 player - she reached a CHR of 290 three weeks ago!
She's won 3 tournaments so far this year: G16 Toyota Cup in Lithuania in February (she was the top seed there, and she beat 8th seed Rebeka Margareta Mertena 3 & 2 in the final), G4 Estonian Junior Open 2 in July (she was the 4th seed, and beat 3rd seed Katsiaryna Yemelyanenka 2 & 2 in the final), and G5 International Tournament Liepaja in Latvia a month ago (she was the top seed, beat unseeded Iveta Daujotaite 3 & 4 in the final); plus she made 2 more finals: at G16 International Tournament Foligno in Italy (she was the 2nd seed, fell to top seed Maria Lourdes Carle in the final, 1 & 4) and at G4 ITF Junior Tennis Club Mahdia in Tunisia (she was the 5th seed, beat top seed Chiraz Bechri 4 & 1 in SF
but had to give a WO in the final, against 8th seed Georgia Drummy
), both in June.
She had a disappointing result at the U16 European Junior Championships this summer though: she was the 6th seed and had a bye in R1, but flopped to Axana Mareen 6-7(5) 5-7 in R2.
Mareen made the QFs after that though.
She also made her pro debuts in Poland in May: at 10K Puszczykowo she qualified for the MD and beat Bojana Marinkovic (WTA 835) 2-6 6-0 6-1 in R1, and she played a decent match against (6)Tereza Malikova (WTA 622, CHR 356) in R2, lost 2-6 5-7
; the week after at 10K Zielona Gora she sadly fell in Q3, 4 & 3 to Aneta Kladivova.
This week, Daniela is playing G4 Jurmala Open in Latvia. She's the top seed there, and through to the QFs after she beat Elena Malygina 0 & 1 in R1, and Hanna Sokal 2 & 4 in R2.
QF vs. qualifier and fellow Latvian Kamilla Bartone (who is 2 years younger and also promising) should be very interesting!