Larissa Liashenko returns to professional tennis
Larissa Liashenko enters Wimbledon as a late Wild Card
Finally, tennis fans around the world will have the chance to see one of the FWTT biggest star back on the tennis court. Larissa Liashenko, a talented 19 year old Belarussian, will make her return to professional tennis. Liashenko, injured for most of 2003 will make her comeback at Wimbledon as a Wild Card. ''The knees are just fine! It's holding up perfectly. I'm so happy to come back on the tour and play again. I was so close to quitting but with the encouragements of many friends on tour and my family, I did it! I asked for the wild card in Wimbledon since I'm physicaly able to play and since I love Wimbledon'', told Liashenko to our reporter. The tall 6'3 Belarussian, who won 5 singles title as well as the 2002 Wimbledon doubles title with Anna Kroulikova doesn't have a lot of expectations. ''To be honnest, I'm not close to the form I was last year but I'd like to do well here in Wimbledon. I'll do the best I can but I'll be playing for fun. A lot of people waren't expecting me to come back but I'm happy to be back on the tennis court and prove them wrong'', said Liashenko. Ask on whether she will defend the doubles title she won here last year with Anna Kroulikova, Liashenko responded: ''No, I won't. Anna is commited to play with Gisele Noventz and I fully understand her decision. I was out for 6 months and I knew she couldn't wait for me to come back because she has to think about her career. I'll be playing with Selima Valentine in Wimbledon this year.