So they're two sisters, with a very small age difference: Ulyana is 15 (born June 9, 1999), and Katya is 13 (born December 12, 2000).
Last year, they were praised by Victoria Azarenka as the future of Belarusian tennis. -> http://www.redbull.com/cs/Satellite/...21243355795873
"And she’s particularly eager to talk about Ulyana Grib, 13, and Ekaterina Grib, who’s 12. They train in the same tennis center in which Azarenka grew up. “They could be very, very good,” says Azarenka. How good is very, very good? “They have something that is extremely rare. When I asked them what their dream was, they were shy and hesitant at first. And then they said: ‘Please don’t get mad, but we want to be better than you.’ That’s when I knew: I want to help these girls.”
When she received a bonus for winning Olympic medals in London—bronze in singles, gold in the doubles along with Mirnyi—she sent the money to the young girls to help cover travel costs. She also trains with them, checks in on their progress by text, encourages them, cautions them, shares tips with them.
Ulyana seems the really more promising one between the 2 though. She finished 2013 at #630, and now 6 months later, she's peaking at #165.
So far this year, she's won a G5 (in Norway), made 2 G4 finals, 1 G3 final, 1 G3 SF and 1 G3 QF. She also played 3 G2s but she didn't have any success in them (fell in R1 every time).
Last week, she was given a chance to make her 1st debuts on the pro tour when she was offered a MDWC into 10K Minsk. Sadly, she lost in R1, a very close match against (Q)Tina Bokhua, 6-2 3-6 6-7(3).
This week, she played 25K Minsk qualies, and lost in R1 another tough battle against fellow junior player Maryna Veksler, 6-4 4-6 5-7.
Veksler is now into the final qualifiying round of the event.
Hopefully, Ulyana will learn from these experiences.
As for Katya. She's played 5 G14 and 3 G16 events so far. Strangely enough, she's had much more success in the G16 events compared to the G14s she took part in. In the G14s, she made: R2-R2-R2-R1-R1.
While in the G16s, she's made a final, a SF, and a QF.
This week, she's playing a G14 though, where she's the 2nd seed. Let's see if she can do better than the other times!
Here with the (long) recap.
Hopefully, Vika's prophecy will come true someday.