View Full Version : Player to Watch: YULIA BEYGELZIMER from Ukraine

Aug 22nd, 2003, 02:48 PM
I have a new fave on my list. Win or lose in today's final round, "Yulia B" from Ukraine is definitely one of the most impressive 3 or 4 players in the qualifying draw. She's tall (about 5'10 or '11), powerful and agile, excellent big clay-court-type righty topspin forehand, steady 2-hand bh and strong serve, and a very positive, competetive attitude on court. She had to fight back and come up with something special yesterday against Gisela Dulko, who was playing extremely well. Yulia is also not your typical looking "tennis babe", she's cute IMO but doesn't have the model look, she has jet-black hair and a short, funky 60s-ish style 'do. Once you've seen her, you cant mistake her for anyone else. Definitely has the shots, the agility, and the head/mental game to make a run at the top 30. Overall she looks to be a more fluid and mobile player than Vakulenko, Ukraine's current #1, but both Julia's could be in the Top 50 before long.
With all these Russians at the top of the game now, it's time for some Ukrainians to step up as well. I checked out the other 2 young Ukrainians in the qualy draw, Bondarenko and Fedak, both are very pretty girls but have rather non-descript games without a lot of power. Yuliana Fedak is tiny, she is only about 5'4 and weighs only 105-110 lbs. She must be quite tough to have won as many matches on tour as she has to get her current ranking. Alyona Bondarenko is a Kournikova-style blonde babe, but with less tennis talent. Tatarkova was in the draw also but she doesnt have much of a singles game left IMO and her Top 100 days are behind her.
Vakulenko is in the maindraw - i believe that Julia V is more of an "emigre" Ukrainian, and she may change her nationality to Spanish (or Italian, cant remember which) wherever it is that she resides.

Aug 22nd, 2003, 02:53 PM
I've seen Yulia play...she is pretty good but nothing spectacular from what I saw (I disagree about top 30, but maybe she has improved? :))

Interesting in that she plays a former countrywoman today in Christina Wheeler. I think Yulia will be too tough, especially seeing that Christina was cramping in her match against Barna.

Aug 22nd, 2003, 02:55 PM
than Vakulenko, Ukraine's current #1,

Wrooong. Perebiynis is Ukraine´s #1

Aug 22nd, 2003, 03:04 PM
I posted a picture of her in my thread from yesterday.

Aug 22nd, 2003, 03:31 PM
sorry, you're right, i thought Perebyinis was Russian.

Aug 22nd, 2003, 03:40 PM
Yulia's definitely a cutie, i like her, and she seems to do well on clay especially. Dont know about top 30 though. I'm thinking more 70-100 at the most, unless she improves. She needs to stop choking in big matches all the time.
From what I've seen of Alyona she has a great game, with decent power and groundstrokes but lacks consistency. IMO shes more talented than Yulia.

Aug 22nd, 2003, 04:25 PM
i ahev to disagree completely. Yulia is nothing better than average. I've seen her play 3 times and each time she's been atrocious. Serve is poor, backhand goes AWOl and her mind is horrendously fragile. If she looses a tight first game at 1-1 in teh first set thats her gone. She's already made a name for herself as a choker. I'd be surprised if she got any higher than 80.

I did like her hair-do though, very 60's.