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Cool Ulyana & Ekaterina Grib - Vika Azarenka's little protégées

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.
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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.

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A few pictures now :-)

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with Vika!!!
















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In the last 2 weeks, Katya's played 2 G14s in Latvia, and reached SF in both!

Ulya hasn't played since Minsk.

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Having a little rest in Turkey



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Katya played G16 Velcom Cup in Minsk this week, she was seed 2 and won her R1 match against a LL relatively easily (3 & 2), but gave a WO in R2. Hope she's ok!

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Ulya's not playing this week, but Katya is!

She's through to the QF of G14 Dynamit Cup (held in Lida, Belarus), as seed 3 - with easy wins in straights sets in both her opening rounds. QF vs. (8)Yana Prysmakova. Go Katya!

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She's through to the QF of G14 Dynamit Cup (held in Lida, Belarus), as seed 3 - with easy wins in straights sets in both her opening rounds. QF vs. (8)Yana Prysmakova. Go Katya!
She lost 3 & 3.


Now, playing again Dynamit Cup in Lida, but in G18 category! Indeed she's playing the qualies of G5 Dynamit Cup, Q1 vs. Volha Charnenka!

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Btw, wonder why Ulya didn't play the European Junior Championships in U16 category, that were held this week. I assume she was totally well enough ranked to take part to it, so I do really wonder.

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Now, playing again Dynamit Cup in Lida, but in G18 category! Indeed she's playing the qualies of G5 Dynamit Cup, Q1 vs. Volha Charnenka!
Beat Charnenka 1 & 0 , but fell to (2)Anastasia Veselova 2-6 5-7 in Q2.

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Katya then played G4 Belkanton Cup last week, where she got a MDWC. But she lost in R1 to Anna Kholodnaya, 4 & 3.

Even though she still is yet to win a match at G18 level, she got her 1st ITF ranking this week, at #2042.

Playing G16 Vilnius Tennis Academy Cup thiw week, where she's seed 4. She won her R1 match against a LL easily. GL!



Otoh, Ulya's gone AWOL. Didn't play G4 Belkanton Cup last week, which is surprising given that it was held in their hometown Minsk. Just hope she's not injured...

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Ulya in Slovenia!

























So, there's finally some activity from her - she's playing G4 Slovenian Junior Open this week!

She's the top seed, with a bye in R1.



Davay sestrenki!

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Katya is through to the QFs of G16 Vilnius Tennis Academy Cup after she destroyed a Belarusian qualifier 1 & 0 in R2.

QF vs. Aleksandra Tomczyk



Ulya's R2 opponent at G4 Slovenian Junior Open's still unknown.

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Well, actually the website where I got the scores got it wrong, and Katya actually lost to the Belarusian qualifier in R2, 1 & 0. That qualifier (Paulenka) reached the SFs afterwards.



Ulya double-bagelled (Q)Prosenjak in R2, but lost in R3 to Curnic, 1 & 3.



Bad week for the sisters.

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Some news on the sisters!

- Ulya played in Hungary in the following 2 weeks of August: she played G2 Bulaors Cup & G2 TAlentum Cup, where she lost in R1 both times (1st week to (WC)Panna Udvardy, 6-4 3-6 2-6; 2nd week to (3)Nina Potocnik (#72), 6-3 2-6 1-6 ).
She hasn't played for 3 weeks now.

- Katya OTOH didn't play in the rest of August, but she played a G16 in the 1st week of Sept, and another one last week. At the 1st one, G16 Tomaszewski Cup By Microsoft, she reached R2 (beat Rogozinska Dzik 3 & 4 in R1, then lost to (7)Rutkowska 2-6 6-7(3) - Rutkowska was the eventual finalist); and at the 2nd one, G16 Venden Cup, she was the top seed and she made it to the semis! (lost in SF to (Q)Krista Cerpina, 4-6 6-4 3-6 - Cerpina was the eventual champion. ).

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