Here is a thread for 14 yo Anna (born Feb 6, 2001) from Minsk, who's been improving steadily, stepping up gradually but firmly this year, and who eventually won her first U18 tournament today in Finland!
She won G4 MTV Total Junior Cup, where she was seeded 4, with very convincing wins over Paula Joukanen in R1, 4 & 3, Ekaterina Simakova in R2, 1 & 3, Hella Linda Sepman in QF, 2 & 4, top seed Daria Solovyeva (2000 born, #281) in SF, 7-5 5-7 7-6(4), and Victoria Mikhaylova (2000 born too, who routined 2nd seed Deniza Marcinkevica in SF) in the final today, 6-4 2-6 6-4!
This is only her 2nd "career" title - she won G14 Szczecin Cup last year, beating Ivana Sebestova 7-6(7) 6-1 in the final - but she only started to play official international tournaments in April last year (she didn't play U12 tournaments unlike a lot of girls).
Great to see her win 2 tough 3-setters in the last stages this week on her way to a pretty big title for her, as last year she was losing most of them! She had 8 QF appearances (at 3 G14s, 1 G16 and 4 G18s) plus 1 SF (at her 1st G18 this year - a G4 in Israel) this year already before her big run this week.
Looks like she's learning very fast!
Plus she is now 2/2 in finals #mentalgiant
Her 2nd most remarkable run this year probably was her making the QFs of the U14 European Championships this summer.
She had a bye in R1, beat Emilie Elde 4 & 4 in R2, (9)Daria Snigur 0-6 6-1 6-0 in R3 and Federica Rossi 6-2 4-6 6-4 in R4, before falling short against top seed and eventual runner-up Taisya Pachkaleva in QF, 2 & 3.
Anna reached a CHR of 599 last week, she was down to #602 this week but she will obviously reach a new CHR next week
Best of luck to her, keep going!