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Danii's Law
Jul 23rd, 2011, 02:28 PM
I just saw this girl got a WC into the qualifying for Washington. She's only 14!

Does anyone know anything about her? Does she train in the US? It was such a pleasant surprise seeing her name in the draw.

I know nothing about her but want her to win more than anything. Hahaha Pame Valentini :bounce:

Misty
Jul 23rd, 2011, 07:15 PM
She's just lost to Whitney Johnson (USA) 6:2 6:2
I can post a link to her page on a Russian site
http://vkontakte.ru/id62124088

hellas719
Jul 27th, 2011, 05:22 AM
Good try in her first WTA event :hug:
But she got her first WTA point :D

She must train in the United States. After all, she is one of Greece's most promising female players EVER, and is among the best U14 girls in the world, just a little behind Bencic, Ostapenko, Rychagova, Nefedova, and Konjuh ;). I think she has top 20 potential and I'm not joking at all ;)

hellas719
Jul 27th, 2011, 05:26 AM
Article in Greek with a photo of Valentini:
Σε WTA η 14χρονη Γραμματικοπούλου!
http://www.tennisnews.gr/images/news_images/Grammatikopoulou/2011/grammatikopoulou.jpg

Η Βαλεντίνη Γραμματικοπούλου έκανε χτες ένα μεγάλο μακροβούτι στη μέχρι τώρα τενιστική της σταδιοδρομία, λαμβάνοντας μέρος στα προκριματικά του Citi Open, τουρνουά $220,000 της WTA που διεξάγεται στην Washinghton και στάθηκε αρκετά καλά σε αγώνα που τελικά ηττήθηκε. Η 14χρονη Ελληνίδα αθλήτρια αντιμετώπισε την 11 χρόνια μεγαλύτερή της Αμερικανίδα Whitney Jones και στάθηκε αρκετά καλά, έχοντας μάλιστα 7 ευκαιρίες για break, από τις οποίες αξιοποίησε μόν τη μία γνωρίζοντας την ήττα με 6-2, 6-2 σε ένα παιχνίδι - εμπειρία για την Βαλεντίνη που διήρκησε 1 ώρα και 10 λεπτά και κάτω από αφόρητη ζέστη.

Στο ίδιο τουρνουά θα λάβει μέρος στο κυρίως ταμπλό και η Λένα Δανιηλίδου, η οποία θα αντιμετωπίσει στον 1ο γύρο την Βρετανή Heather Watson, ενώ στα διπλά με συμπαίκτρια την Ιταλίδα Alberta Brianti θα αναμετρηθούν με τις Craybas και Czink.

http://www.tennisnews.gr/images/news_images/Grammatikopoulou/2011/stats/grammatikopoulou-stats-1st-wta.jpg

1/7 on BPs :sad:
She could've even won a set if she converted on some more BPs :awww:
Still, she's only 14 y.o. :)


Some biographical info about her-All I really know is that she's from Zakynthos island and she still lives there, but she probably recently moved to an American academy somewhere in Florida since she played in Washington DC :p

hellas719
Jul 27th, 2011, 05:37 AM
More pics of her:
http://www.tennisnews.gr/images/news_images/Grammatikopoulou/valentini-grammatikopoulou.jpg

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_KqbhfYtP9gs/TQ7MYPTslPI/AAAAAAAAEf0/0djrZi4-FEE/s1600/Grammatikopoulou12-19-10.jpg

http://www.tennisnews.gr/images/news_images/Grammatikopoulou/2011/grammatikopoulou_tim_essonne_2011_a.jpg

http://www.tennisnews.gr/images/news_images/Grammatikopoulou/2011/grammatikopoulou_tim_essonne_2011_4.jpg

http://www.tennisnews.gr/images/news_images/Grammatikopoulou/2011/grammatikopoulou_tim_essonne_2011_b.jpg

http://www.tennisnews.gr/images/news_images/Grammatikopoulou/2011/grammatikopoulou_tim_essonne_2011.jpg

http://cs5807.vkontakte.ru/u62124088/-6/m_6b9ec524.jpg

http://www.tennisnews.gr/images/news_images/Grammatikopoulou/grammatikopoulou_tennis_club_pariolia.jpg

http://www.tennisnews.gr/images/news_images/Grammatikopoulou/grammatikopoulou_tennis_club_parioli_2a.jpg

Far left:
http://tenniseurope.org/file.aspx?tid=3&id=219742

Right:
http://tenniseurope.org/file.aspx?tid=3&id=219741

Video:
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Forgot to add: She had a win over Mariya Shishkina at the Orange Bowl last year :eek::yeah:

hellas719
Jul 27th, 2011, 05:41 AM
ITF Juniors Current Ranking: 1475
ITF Juniors Career-High Ranking: 1422

She only played one tournament, a G4 in Turkey in May (as a WC). Here are her results there:
Singles:
64 W Gulben GULDAS (TUR) 6-3 6-4
32 W Sarah Beth ASKEW (GBR) 6-4 6-3
16 L Iulia SERGHEEVA (MDA) 4-6 3-6
Doubles:
partnering MARIA MUDRIK (RUS)
32 L ANIL (TUR) / GONEN (TUR) 3-6 1-6

Her one professional event, other than WTA Washington DC was a $10,000 tournament in Paros, Greece in May. Her results:
Singles:
32 L Samantha POWERS (USA) 6-7(4) 4-6
Doubles:
partnering Ksenia CHIMPOAKE (RUS)
16 W MOURA (POR) / POWERS (USA) 6-3 4-6 [10-8]
QF L BARBAT (DEN) / KAZIMOVA (UKR) W/O

BlueTrees
Jul 28th, 2011, 04:51 AM
Seems like she could be a good player. Only 14. :eek: Will definitely keep an eye on her. :yeah:

hellas719
Aug 11th, 2011, 05:03 AM
10K Paros:
http://tennisnews.gr/images/Tournaments/2011/ITF-GRE/Paros/tournament/week1/2505/IMG_0290.jpg

http://tennisnews.gr/images/Tournaments/2011/ITF-GRE/Paros/tournament/week1/2505/P5252054.jpg

http://tennisnews.gr/images/Tournaments/2011/ITF-GRE/Paros/tournament/week1/2505/P5252056.jpg

http://tennisnews.gr/images/Tournaments/2011/ITF-GRE/Paros/tournament/week1/2505/P5252057.jpg

http://tennisnews.gr/images/Tournaments/2011/ITF-GRE/Paros/tournament/week1/2505/P5252058.jpg

hellas719
Aug 17th, 2011, 05:40 AM
10K Paros:
http://tennisnews.gr/images/Tournaments/2011/ITF-GRE/Paros/tournament/week1/2505/IMG_0290.jpg

http://tennisnews.gr/images/Tournaments/2011/ITF-GRE/Paros/tournament/week1/2505/P5252054.jpg

http://tennisnews.gr/images/Tournaments/2011/ITF-GRE/Paros/tournament/week1/2505/P5252056.jpg

http://tennisnews.gr/images/Tournaments/2011/ITF-GRE/Paros/tournament/week1/2505/P5252057.jpg

http://tennisnews.gr/images/Tournaments/2011/ITF-GRE/Paros/tournament/week1/2505/P5252058.jpg

Those links don’t work, but these do:
http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/250687_10150193494498558_40378423557_7269580_77172 99_n.jpg

http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/250137_10150193494558558_40378423557_7269581_64092 28_n.jpg

http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/246667_10150193494613558_40378423557_7269583_81806 73_n.jpg

http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/247112_10150193494678558_40378423557_7269585_16319 53_n.jpg

http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/249647_10150193495518558_40378423557_7269600_69528 50_n.jpg

hellas719
Aug 23rd, 2011, 05:38 AM
G4 Mexico:
R1: Valentini GRAMMATIKOPOULOU (GRE) defeated Samanta Elizabeth ZAMBRANO RENDON (MEX) 6-0 6-1
R2: Valentini GRAMMATIKOPOULOU (GRE) defeated Sarahi GARCIA CARRERA (MEX) (7) 6-1 6-1
QF: Valentini GRAMMATIKOPOULOU (GRE) defeated Camila FUENTES (USA) (2) 4-6 6-1 7-6(4)
SF: Valentini GRAMMATIKOPOULOU (GRE) defeated Rima ASATRIAN (USA) 6-2 7-5
F: Alejandra CISNEROS (MEX) (1) defeated Valentini GRAMMATIKOPOULOU (GRE) 5-7 0-2 Retired

:sobbing:
She could've won her first title, which would've been earlier than Despina :eek:. I hope it is not serious, but it's sad since she would've won the whole tournament :awww:

Also reached doubles QF :p

hellas719
Aug 23rd, 2011, 05:41 AM
http://tennisnews.gr/greek-tennis/juniors/6396-monterrey-contry-itf-junior-cup-2011

No info about the injury, but Cisneros is ITF #164 so it's amazing to see how she is beating players like that at just 14 years old :worship:

Danii's Law
Aug 23rd, 2011, 06:33 AM
I really hope this girl is good. Those are great results, so sad to have to pull out of a final after being a set and a break up.

I wish her all the best luck.

Håkon
Dec 1st, 2011, 03:03 PM
Good result for Valentina this week, in G14 class in the Eddie Herr International (Florida)

R128: W 6-3 6-0 vs Meng Luxizi (CHN, WC)
R64: W 6-4 6-3 vs Talya Zandberg (ISR, 14)
R32: W 6-4 7-5 vs Vivian Zlatanova (BUL)
R16: L 6-7(4) 3-6 vs Renata Zarazua (MEX, 1)

BlueTrees
Dec 14th, 2011, 01:27 PM
Valentini reached the final of the G14 Nike Junior Tour Masters! Unfortunately she lost badly but to get as far as she did considering she needed a wildcard to get into the tournament is a huge achievement!

1R: BYE
2R: (WC)Valentini Grammatikopoulou (GRE) df. Vivian Zlatanova (BUL) 5-7 7-5 7-5
3R: (WC)Valentini Grammatikopoulou (GRE) df. (4)Ivana Jorovic (SRB) 6-2 0-6 10-5
QF: (WC)Valentini Grammatikopoulou (GRE) df. (5)Ndindi Ndunda (USA) 6-4 7-6(1)
SF: (WC)Valentini Grammatikopoulou (GRE) df. (2)Naiktha Bains 6-3 3-6 10-7
F: (3)Ana Konjuh (CRO) df. (WC)Valentini Grammatikopoulou (GRE) 6-1 6-1

Håkon
Dec 20th, 2011, 10:45 AM
Reached R3 in Orange Bowl G14 - at least she won't have to ask for wild cards now I hope.

R128: Valentini Grammatikopoulou (GRE) df. Maddie Pothoff (USA) 61 75
R64: Valentini Grammatikopoulou (GRE) df. (Q)Margot Yerolymos (FRA) 61 67(5) 61
R32: (9-16)Mia Horvit (USA) d. Valentini Grammatikopoulou (GRE) 75 64

hellas719
Dec 23rd, 2011, 08:49 PM
Well done Valentini! I'm so proud of her! :)

Hopefully in 2012 she starts improving in U18 ITF tournaments :cool:

I think her goal should be to just keep improving her ranking (IIRC she's in the 700s. I'm too lazy to check though :lol:)

hellas719
Dec 23rd, 2011, 08:51 PM
Last ITF junior events:
-R32 singles and R16 doubles at G4 in USA.
-R64 singles and R16 doubles at G4 in USA.
-R16 singles and R16 doubles at G4 in USA.

And I checked and her ranking is 792, with nothing to defend until May :)

hellas719
Dec 29th, 2011, 10:54 PM
From G4 USA:
http://www.tennisnews.gr/images/news_images/Grammatikopoulou/2011/grammatikopoulou_kentucky_international_tennis_der by_2011.jpg

hellas719
Jan 1st, 2012, 12:24 AM
OMG she's in the final of the PYW Greek Championships :speakles:

And I found a lot of new pics of her :D

http://lh4.ggpht.com/-vxwIshD397w/Ta9e1cSrMII/AAAAAAAACPU/p6Rf8GM_8bI/PIC_2635.JPG

http://lh5.ggpht.com/-PlpaEQI5UwE/Ta9eu-aWbAI/AAAAAAAACPM/ggxXrK2jZOs/PIC_2631.JPG

http://www.rusprotennis.com/images/vg.jpg

http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6028/5982272726_3eab05aed7_z.jpg

http://lh6.ggpht.com/-fQS2huszU4s/Ta9ey4qzbQI/AAAAAAAACPQ/WtbvyTy3eQk/PIC_2634.JPG

http://www.tournoi.fft.fr/tim-essonne/tim-essonne_d/data_1/jpg/co/copie3deimgp7882.jpg

hellas719
Feb 21st, 2012, 06:11 AM
G4 in Mexico two weeks ago:
64. W. Yadira RUBIO (MEX) 6-1 6-0
32 W Camila WESBROOKS (USA) 6-4 6-2
16 W Antonella BRAMATO (MEX) 6-2 6-4
QF W Alexandria STITELER (USA) 6-7(2) 6-3 6-3
SF L Usue Maitane ARCONADA (USA) 4-6 4-6


partnering Jessica HINOJOSA GOMEZ (MEX)
32 W DAVILA (MEX) / GARDUNO (MEX) 6-1 6-2
16 W MANCERA CARRILLO (MEX) / VAZQUEZ MONTESINOS (MEX) 6-0 6-2
QF W BRAMATO (MEX) / RODRIGUEZ (MEX) 2-6 7-5 [10-2]
SF W NEGRETE (MEX) / TORRES (MEX) 4-6 6-2 [10-5]
FR L CORTES (MEX) / SALAZAR (MEX) 7-5 3-6 [8-10]

This tournament improved her junior ranking to 559 :D

hellas719
Feb 21st, 2012, 06:12 AM
G4 this week in El Salvador:
R32:
Valentini GRAMMATIKOPOULOU (GRE) (7) defeated Sarahi GARCIA CARRERA (MEX) 6-1 6-1 :yeah:

hellas719
Feb 24th, 2012, 05:41 AM
Won the second round 6-1 ret, but then only won three games in the QF against the top seed and world #123 :sad:
No idea what that girl was doing playing a G4 in the first place :spit:

Also reached the doubles QF here ;)

hellas719
Feb 29th, 2012, 03:51 AM
Now up to #473 in juniors :woohoo:

hellas719
Mar 11th, 2012, 07:03 AM
Valentini this week at a G3 in Costa Rica:
Singles:
QR1: (2) Grammatikopoulou GRE vs. BYE
QR2: (2) Grammatikopoulou GRE d. Linares VEN (#810) 6-2 6-0
QR3: (2) Grammatikopoulou GRE d. Navarro Oliva MEX (#967) 6-2 6-2
R1: (Q) Grammatikopoulou GRE d. (1) Brady USA (#47) 2-6 7-6 6-3
R2: (Q) Grammatikopoulou GRE d. Cancini VEN (#504) 6-4 6-3
QF: (Q) Grammatikopoulou GRE d. (7) Runglerdkriangkrai THA (#265) 6-3 6-1
SF: (Q) Grammatikopoulou GRE d. McAdoo USA (#457) 6-3 6-2
F: (2) Julia Elbaba USA (#126) d. (Q) Valentini Grammatikopoulou GRE 3-6 6-3 6-4
Great week :worship:
Shame about the final. She was probably tired from the long week she had and she had to play qualies too :(. She's now 0-2 in ITF junior finals after winning the first set in both of them. She really should've won that G4 in Mexico last year as she had to retire when she was leading by a set and a break :sad:. But another great week and this puts her in the top 310 and she will be the #1 Greek junior :worship:. She may not hold that position for long though as Kairi will be right behind her, but just amazing progress so far this year and she's still barely played! I was starting to doubt her last year after how poorly she played in those junior tournaments in the US but then she played well in the Nike Junior World Championships and Orange Bowl and now this year she has continued her good form :worship:. I'm not sure what her next tournament is but it would be pretty cool if she comes to Greece to play the 10K's in April on Crete, although it seems pretty unlikely since she's now based in the US. I definitely think she should have goals to crack the top 100 this year and get a WTA ranking, and she may crack the top 100 pretty soon, so maybe even higher in the junior rankings :)
Lost doubles R1. She would do better in doubles I guess if she had some better partners :shrug:
Photo from Costa Rica:
http://www.tennisnews.gr/images/news_images/Grammatikopoulou/2012/grammatikopoulou_costa_rica_bowl_2012.jpg
And a photo from the Tim Essone U14 last year, where Valentini won the title and was featured on this year's tournament advertisement poster:
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7195/6965120791_81a41d9fb7.jpg
And from WTA Washington DC last year:
http://www.tennisnews.gr/images/news_images/Grammatikopoulou/2011/grammatikopoulou_city_open_2011.jpg
EDIT-I see that her next tournament will be a G4 in Turkey the week of 2 April ;). So I guess she will skip the first Greek 10K and play that in Turkey and then from there go to Greece to visit her family, spend Easter there, and maybe play a 10K or two :p. I also see that there are many G2 and G3 tournaments in Europe in April, May, and June and really nothing big in the Americas so maybe she might even play junior RG and Wimbledon :hearts:. But that might be too early for her. No matter where she plays, I am very confident about her future and I have a feeling its going to be a fun year in this thread :bounce:

hellas719
Mar 12th, 2012, 04:07 AM
Nice trophy :lol:

http://www.tennisnews.gr/images/news_images/Grammatikopoulou/2012/grammatikopoulou_costa_rica_bowl_2012_a.jpg

hellas719
Apr 15th, 2012, 05:32 AM
G2 France:
QR1: (5) Grammatikopoulou GRE d. Razafindranaly FRA (#1327) 6-2 5-7 6-2
QR2: (5) Grammatikopoulou GRE d. Garibal FRA (#1856) 6-4 6-1
QR3: (5) Grammatikopoulou GRE d. (2) Marchetti ITA (#288) 6-4 0-6 6-3
R1: Rosatello ITA (#104) d. (Q) Grammatikopoulou GRE 6-3 6-3
She didn't play doubles :(. Her next tournament is a G3 in Bulgaria next week, and then she'll play another G3 in Bulgaria the following week ;)

hellas719
Apr 30th, 2012, 04:35 AM
G3 Bulgaria:
R1: Grammatikopoulou GRE d. Vogelsang NED 3-6 6-4 6-1
R2: Grammatikopoulou GRE d. Boevska BUL 7-5 6-3
QF: Reichel AUT d. Grammatikopoulou GRE 6-2 6-3*
-Also reached the doubles semis and she's now at 287 in the rankings :)

G3 Bulgaria:
R1: Kalinina UKR d. Grammatikopoulou GRE 6-1 6-1 :sad:
-Reached the doubles QF, so she should move up to ~275 in the rankings :cool:

hellas719
Jun 27th, 2012, 03:05 AM
G2 Austria:
-Lost R32 singles to Komardina, a tough opponent :hug:. Reached doubles QF :cool:
G2 Austria:
-Lost R16 singles to Kudermatova, a tough opponent who recently reached the semis of a 25K :eek:. Lost R16 doubles :(
G2 Germany:
-Qualified for singles and lost in R16 7-5 in the third to Rodriguez (Mexico, #62 juniors), but beat Zhao (Canada, #25 juniors, #585 WTA) in R32 :clap2:. Lost R16 doubles though :hug:

Valentini's junior ranking is now up at #234 and I think there's a good shot she can reach at least the top 100 by the end of the year, she just needs some luckier draws ;)

hellas719
Jul 13th, 2012, 03:40 AM
Last week Valentini played a G2 in the Netherlands, where she reached the quarterfinals. This week she played a G1 in Germany where she qualified with ease. Unfortunately she lost in the first round of the main draw to 14th seeded Bernarda Pera of Croatia (Junior #88, WTA #696) in 3 sets :hug:. But once again she has shown how much potential she has :D. In the same tournament, Valentini reached the doubles QF with Akkerman of Canada. Unfortunately they lost in the STB against the #6 seeded team, but still QF of a G1 is great, even if it is doubles. I bet Valentini could do much better in doubles if she plays with better players, since it seems that she always plays with mediocre ones. Anyways, Valentini is currently at a junior career-high ranking of 204 and she will move up a few more spots next week :)

HTE
Jul 14th, 2012, 09:04 PM
Go Valentini :yeah:

Richard van loon has some great shots from Biesterbos here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ravanloon/sets/72157630503043460/with/7538863862/

Wert.
Aug 11th, 2012, 09:14 AM
GL Valentini :cheer:

hellas719
Aug 30th, 2012, 04:48 AM
Lost FQR of 10K Netherlands to Y.Morderger (GER, juniors #336). Lost QR2 of another 10K Netherlands to Tigu (NED, WTA #1064) :hug:

Hopefully she plays the ITFs in Greece this Fall. I think she can do well there and get a WTA ranking hopefully by the end of the year :)

hellas719
Oct 30th, 2012, 03:11 AM
Since then, Valentini has played a 10K in Belgium where she qualified with ease. In the first round, she played (2) Patrycja Sanduska (POL, #381). Valentini put up an excellent fight, but unfortunately lost 4-6 4-6. Still, a very encouraging scoreline. The fact that she played a competitive match against a top 400 player and she is still just 15 is amazing. In that same tournament, she rached the doubles final (!!!) with German Lena Lutzeier :woohoo:

A photo from the doubles final:
http://www.tennisnews.gr/images/news_images/Grammatikopoulou/2012/grammatikopoulou_open_9_ave_bnp_paribas_fortis_201 2.jpg

Unfortunately, things since then haven't been that great for Valentini. She played the 10K in Kalamata, Greece and qualified easily but then surprisingly lost 3-6 3-6 in the opening round of the main draw to Afroditi Latinopoulou (GRE, NR). I like Afroditi and she is a solid player but Valentini really should've won that match. Then, Valentini got a WC for the 10K in Mytilini but lost R1 to Kathinka Von Diechmann (LIE, NR, 17 yo) 4-6 0-6. Von Diechmann is a young player who reached the final in Kalamata so it isn't a bad loss at all, even though she is unranked at the moment. However, the scoreline isn't very promising and then she lost R1 doubles with countrywoman Angeliki Kairi 0-6 1-6 to Stemmer GER/Von Diechmann LIE :o. I didn't expect them to win, but the scoreline is horrendous. Then she played a 10K in Heraklion and got a wildcard but lost R1 6-3 5-7 1-6 to Natalia Siedliska (POL, #884, 16 yo) and withdrew from doubles. I don't know what to say but that scoreline looks like a choke :rolleyes:. I expected Valentini to get a WTA ranking after these 6 Greek tournaments but now after the first 3 she has lost some matches she should've won...

hellas719
Nov 9th, 2012, 04:15 AM
10K Heraklion as WC:
R1 d. (4) Maria Sakkari (GRE, #627, 17 yo) 6-1 6-4 :yeah::yeah::yeah:
R2 l. to Radina Dimitrova (BUL, #1042, 15 yo, eventual semifinalist) 6-3 5-7 5-7 :sobbing:
I wonder how many MPs were wasted in both sets :banghead:
Doubles QF with Curovic :)

10K Heraklion:
QR1 vs. BYE
QR2 d. (7) Karin Kennel (SUI, #1012, 17 yo) 6-1 6-1 :bowdown:
QR3 d. Natsuri Chimura (JPN, 17 yo) 7-6 6-2 :yeah:
R1 l. to Hofmann (GER, #718) 5-7 4-6 :sad:

Some good results, but inconsistent :(

hellas719
Dec 9th, 2012, 11:26 PM
10K Heraklion VII:
R1 d. Gjorcheska (#670, FYROM) 6-2 6-2
R2 d. Malova (#739, Slovakia) 6-1 6-3
QF l. to Kocher (#1016, Switzerland) 1-6 3-6
Great tournament. Shame it had to end in the QF in a match where she was expected to win after her incredible first two rounds, but Kocher eventually reached the final.

Doubles R1 with Sagitova (KAZ) l. to Christopoulou GRE/Stefanou GRE 3-6 3-6 :hug:


http://www.essonne.fr/uploads/pics/valentini_grammatikopoulou.jpg

http://www.tennisforum.gr/tn_images/tournaments/2010/juniors/kufstein_2010_e.jpg

Kutuzova
Dec 26th, 2012, 01:26 AM
Two Videos:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJxbgwC9DGM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRvrEnXuECE

hellas719
Dec 28th, 2012, 04:03 AM
^Thanks. Too bad they are very brief. The only other videos we have of her are from U14s years ago :o


10K Antalya:
QR1 d. Udzina RUS (NR) 6-2 6-1 :D
QR2 d. (10) Kitagawa JPN (#1105, 19 yo) 6-3 4-2 ret.
QR3 d. (7) Bara ROU (#922, 17 yo) 6-1 6-3 :worship:
R1 l. to (Q) Frech POL (NR, 14 yo) 5-7 1-6

Really an amazing win over Bara, but disappointing that she couldn't get past Frech in R1. She breezed through qualies but then she folded when there were ranking points on the line :sobbing:

10K Antalya:
QR1 BYE
QR2 d. Chernetsova BLR (NR) 4-6 6-1 6-4
QR3 d. Bolsova MDA (NR, junior #109, 15 yo) 6-3 6-1
R1 d. Moura POR (#873, 19 yo) 6-4 6-2 :woohoo:
R2 l. to (3) Shinikova BUL (#375, 21 yo, eventual finalist) 6-7 3-6 :hug:
And reached doubles QF with Potocnik (SLO)! Great week! Secured a WTA ranking in singles AND doubles and will now have a lot less pressure on her. Also now it will be much easier for her to enter pro tournaments!

Very encouraging that she is posting great results, and a very respectable scoreline against Shinikova :yeah:

She will start her 2013 season playing some junior tournaments, can't wait! ;)
First one is a G1 in the Czech Republic during the first week of the AO :cool::bounce:
Strangely, she didn't enter the AO even though she would've been in qualies :sad:

hellas719
Dec 31st, 2012, 10:53 PM
And there are 2 more videos in addition to the brief ones posted by
Kutuzova :D
Ch2G9Ne_w0I

ZjWY2TD8WMM

Here she is training in Kilkis. Not sure where she is training in the other video. I'm really curious about her origins. Her last name sounds like she is from Peloponnese and she used to live on Zakynthos so it all made sense since Zakynthos is near there. But now it seems that she lives in Kilkis so I have no idea how she ended up there. She also trains frequently at an academy in Florida where most people who train and work are from the former USSR, and her coach is speaking to her in Russian in the video, so she must have some Russian roots. I've also heard that she speaks both Greek and Russian, and Russian isn't widely spoken in Greece so it's not like she learned it from school or anything since they learn English and German/French usually. Also Valentini is not very common, she probably had a Russian name like Valentina and Valentini is the Greek version of it. And I have no idea how she ended up in Kilkis of all places, since it's a pretty small city and they aren't really known for their tennis and the club where she plays isn't that nice :lol:

And some pics from Heraklion:
http://www.helleniczeus.gr/store/images/pages/18/DSC00906.jpg

http://www.helleniczeus.gr/store/images/pages/18/DSC00907.jpg

Valentini-Stefanou-Vogasari-Lalaouni(?)-Christopoulou:
http://www.helleniczeus.gr/store/images/pages/18/DSC00891.jpg

hellas719
Dec 31st, 2012, 10:55 PM
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8287/7538861374_b3fdc70ffc_z.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8010/7538863862_1846d88869.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7137/7538850712_ba2351fec8_z.jpg

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http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8166/7538854508_59d8499687.jpg

hellas719
Apr 5th, 2013, 03:29 AM
G2 Slovakia:
QR1: Vendula Zovincova CZE (ITF #190) d. (4) Valentini Grammatikopoulou GRE 6-3 6-2

G1 Czech Republic:
R1: Valentini Grammatikopoulou GRE d. (Q) Dzina Milovanovic SRB (ITF #212) 6-2 3-6 6-0
R2: (6) Alina Silich RUS (ITF #38) d. Valentini Grammatikopoulou GRE 7-5 6-4
Silich ended up winning the tournament, so not a bad loss :shrug:
Also she played doubles and lost R2 in a match tiebreaker to Kasatkina/Rychagova, the eventual finalists ;)

10K Kaarst, GER:
QR1: (5) Ekaterina Alexandrova RUS (#787) d. Valentini Grammatikopoulou GRE 7-5 6-1
Of course Alexandrova ended up qualifying and being runner-up of the main draw :lol:. Valentini always gets tough draws :(

G2 Lithuania:
R1: Valentini Grammatikopoulou GRE d. Madara Straume LAT (ITF #385) 6-2 6-4
R2: (2) Veronika Kudermatova RUS (ITF #30) d. Valentini Grammatikopoulou GRE 7-6 6-1
Of course Kudermatova ended up reaching the final :lol:. It sucks that she gets no luck with her draws, but at least she seems to be doing well. She reached the doubles final here :yeah:

G1 Croatia:
R1: (9) Deborah Chiesa ITA (ITF #87) d. Valentini Grammatikopoulou GRE 6-4 6-3
She just can't ever get a kind draw :(. In doubles she lost in a mat h tiebreaker in the second round :sad:

Her juniors ranking is now down at 239, and she was at a career-high of 190 a month ago. We'll see if she'll continue to play juniors, because she isn't living up to her juniors potential so far...
Also her new career-high on the WTA Tour is 1058 ;)

http://www.tennisnews.gr/images/Tournaments/2012/GreekITF/kalamata/photos/ITf_Women_Kalamata_2012_1.jpg

http://www.helleniczeus.gr/store/images/pages/10/DSC01555.jpg

http://www.helleniczeus.gr/store/images/pages/11/DSC01663.jpg

http://www.helleniczeus.gr/store/images/pages/11/DSC01702.jpg

With Sagitova:
http://www.helleniczeus.gr/store/images/pages/11/DSC01685.jpg

hellas719
Apr 7th, 2013, 01:03 AM
She got a MDWC for the 10K in Heraklion next week! :bounce:

With Papazoglou in 2010:
http://img.protothema.gr/1A1554269E689B54F2C5C6952E62C4C4.jpg

Danii's Law
May 18th, 2013, 05:04 AM
SO Valentini won two 10ks in a row and now has a WC in the qualies of WTA Brussels. GO Valentini!!!!!

hellas719
Jun 21st, 2013, 06:23 AM
10K Heraklion:
R1 d. (5) Indy de Vroome NED (#513) 6-4 6-3 :clap2:
Best win of her career :D and Indy is an up-and-coming player ;)
0:05-0:21
tF0h5N8LqSc
R2 d. Aminat Kushkova RUS (#599) 6-1 7-5
2:09-2:30
ktUPIQJLZcY
QF d. Despina Papamichail GRE (#648) 4-6 7-6 7-5
SF l. to Karin Kennel SUI (#891) 6-4 4-6 4-6
Would've been nice to win, but she played a close match against the eventual champion :shrug:
And she reached the doubles QF with Stefanou, but they came up short 10-8 in a super tiebreak :hug:

10K Heraklion:
R1 d. Matilda Hamlin SWE (#681) 7-6 6-4
R2 l. to (7) Kathinka Von Diechmann LIE (#560) 3-6 2-6
0:05-1:10
_oCAAh4M_iA
Doubles QF with Rosatello, but lost in STB :p
0:54-1:05
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10K Heraklion:
R1 d. (WC) Afroditi Latinopoulou GRE (#1143) 3-6 6-4 6-4
R2 d. Valeria Podda NED (#766) 6-2 1-6 6-1
QF d. (6/WC) Aminat Kushkova RUS (#590) 3-6 6-4 6-1
SF d. (1) Tamara Curovic SRB (#409) 6-0 3-6 7-5 New career best win :worship:
Best win of her career! :aparty:
F d. (4) Amy Botwell IRL (#516) 6-3 6-4 :bowdown:
She won the title! :hearts:
Also doubles QF with Stefanou :)

10K Heraklion:
R1 d. (Q) Amaia Ormazabal Oregui ESP (NR) 6-1 6-3
R2 d. (8) Maria Sakkari GRE (#632) 4-6 6-4 6-4
QF d. (3/Q) Amy Botwell IRL (#503) 6-2 6-4 :yeah:
SF d. (5/Q) Aminat Kushkova RUS (#590) 6-1 6-3
3rd win in 4 weeks over Kushkova :lol:
F d. (7) Pei-Chi Lee TPE (#622) 7-6 3-6 6-2 :banana:
2nd title in two weeks! :inlove:

WTA Brussels, Premier:
QR1 l. to Jennifer Elie USA (#366) 4-6 1-6

Got up to a career-high of #634! :bigclap:

hellas719
Jun 21st, 2013, 06:41 AM
Some photos from the Heraklion tournaments:
http://www.helleniczeus.gr/store/images/pages/30/DSC02538.jpg

http://www.helleniczeus.gr/store/images/pages/30/DSC02561.jpg

http://www.helleniczeus.gr/store/images/pages/30/DSC02569.jpg

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http://www.helleniczeus.gr/store/images/pages/31/image_1367754376170753.jpg

hellas719
Jun 21st, 2013, 07:02 AM
This week she got a wildcard for a G2 in Germany :p
R1 l. to (4) Anhelina Kalinina UKR (ITF#30) 4-6 6-3 1-6 :sobbing:
Also lost a close R1 doubles match. And of course Kalinina now is in the semifinals and will probably win the title. Valentini has such bad luck :o

hellas719
Jul 11th, 2013, 03:08 AM
10K Heraklion II Doubles R1 with Stefanou:
1:27-1:54:
315uRQpc0vI

http://www.helleniczeus.gr/store/images/pages/28/DSC02290.jpg

http://www.helleniczeus.gr/store/images/pages/28/DSC02291.jpg

10K Heraklion II QF vs. Papamichail:
1:11-1:34:
ktWGRm3zIgQ

10K Heraklion SF vs. Kennel:
1:02-1:22:
YZCpOYbj9G4

http://www.helleniczeus.gr/store/images/pages/28/DSC02348.jpg

http://www.helleniczeus.gr/store/images/pages/28/DSC02379.jpg

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/s720x720/20810_10151436330773558_61620566_n.jpg

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hellas719
Jul 11th, 2013, 03:09 AM
More Heraklion photos:
https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/s720x720/562456_10151458584368558_383382695_n.jpg

https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/s720x720/945363_10151469622683558_1908177564_n.jpg

https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/s720x720/947252_10151469622783558_2123239756_n.jpg

https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/s720x720/531908_10151458585363558_1522171512_n.jpg

hellas719
Jul 13th, 2013, 04:19 AM
http://tennisnews.gr/images/news_images/Grammatikopoulou/2013/valentini_2013.jpg

http://www.helleniczeus.gr/store/images/pages/9/DSC01315.jpg

http://www.helleniczeus.gr/store/images/pages/9/DSC01291.jpg

http://www.helleniczeus.gr/store/images/pages/9/DSC01297.jpg

http://www.helleniczeus.gr/store/images/pages/9/DSC01398.jpg

http://www.helleniczeus.gr/store/images/pages/9/DSC01396.jpg

http://www.helleniczeus.gr/store/images/pages/9/DSC01345.jpg

http://tennisnews.gr/images/Tournaments/2013/GreekFutures/2ndHellenicZeus/4/grammatikopoulou-semis.jpg

http://tennisnews.gr/images/Tournaments/2013/GreekFutures/2ndHellenicZeus/5/valent-semis-w5.jpg

http://tennisnews.gr/images/Tournaments/2013/GreekFutures/2ndHellenicZeus/5/valegramma-semfinal.jpg

http://tennisnews.gr/images/Tournaments/2013/GreekFutures/2ndHellenicZeus/5/valentini-2ndfinal.jpg

http://tennisnews.gr/images/Tournaments/2013/GreekFutures/2ndHellenicZeus/5/valentinig-2ndfinal.jpg

http://tennisnews.gr/images/Tournaments/2013/GreekFutures/2ndHellenicZeus/5/shediditagain.jpg

http://tennisnews.gr/images/Tournaments/2013/GreekFutures/2ndHellenicZeus/4/valentini-bowtell30.jpg

http://tennisnews.gr/images/Tournaments/2013/GreekFutures/2ndHellenicZeus/4/valentini-bowtell10.jpg

http://tennisnews.gr/images/Tournaments/2013/GreekFutures/2ndHellenicZeus/5/final-aponomiw5b.jpg

http://tennisnews.gr/images/Tournaments/2013/GreekFutures/2ndHellenicZeus/5/final-aponomiw5.jpg

http://tennisnews.gr/images/Tournaments/2013/GreekFutures/2ndHellenicZeus/5/ωvalentini-double.jpg

http://img.tennisrecruiting.net/articles/2013/Aces/Apr/GrammatikopoulouAprAce.jpg

battista
Jul 25th, 2013, 08:38 PM
Photos today

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ralfreinecke/9367702814/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ralfreinecke/9367701892/

Silent Bird
Sep 9th, 2013, 12:30 AM
:lol: what an epic surname!
Saw her in Brussels qualifying... how come she got a WC??

hellas719
Dec 22nd, 2013, 11:30 PM
:lol: what an epic surname!
Saw her in Brussels qualifying... how come she got a WC??

I think just because she is a young player who had just won two 10K tournaments at the time. I don't think she has any connections to Belgium but I could be wrong.

hellas719
Dec 22nd, 2013, 11:34 PM
10K Netherlands:
R1 l. to (3) Anastasiya Vasylyeva UKR (#431) 3-6 1-6
Well Vasylyeva ended up reaching the SF here and then went on to win a 25K a few weeks later so it really isn't a bad loss. This was a strong 10K ;)

G2 Netherlands:
She easily won three straight set matches to qualify, but she lost in R1 to eventual champion (5) Ivana Jorovic SRB 3-6 0-6. Jorovic is a rising star so it's not a bad loss. Unfortunately, Valentini lost R1 doubles in a STB. She just has such bad luck in juniors :hug:

25K Germany:
R1 l. to (WC) Natalie Proese GER (NR) 7-5 1-6 6-7(5) :sobbing:
Missed chance for 8 easy points, but I'll give her the benefit of the doubt since Proese ended up reaching the QF. Valentini lost badly in doubles though, so this tournament was kind of a waste :shrug:

10K Germany:
R1 d. Rosalie Willig GER (#1191) 6-3 6-4
R2 l. to (3) Petra Krejsova CZE (#523) 2-6 4-6
And a walkover in doubles :unsure:

10K Serbia:
R1 d. (WC) Dajana Dukic SRB (#1183) 6-4 6-2
R2 d. (WC) Milica Sljukic MNE (NR) 6-1 6-2
QF d. (6) Milana Spremo SRB (#671) 7-5 1-6 6-1
SF d. Vladica Babic MNE (#1040) 6-3 6-1
F d. (7) Eva Waccano NED (#793) 6-1 6-4 :aparty:
3rd ITF singles title of the year, and she's just 16 :drool:
Lost doubles QF 10-8 in STB, but who cares? :lol:

10K Serbia:
R1 d. (WC) Nikolina Jovic SRB (NR) 7-6 6-7 6-3
R2 l. to Dunja Stamenkovic SRB (#774) 2-6 3-6 Bad loss :(
Lost doubles QF in STB again :sad:

10K Serbia:
R1 d. Cristina Adamescu ROU (#902) 6-3 7-6
R2 d. (Q) Marija Mastilovic SRB (NR) 6-3 6-4
QF l. to (1) Xenia Knoll SUI (#400) 1-6 1-6
Knoll was the top seed and eventual champion so I can't complain about the loss, but it probably could've been a little closer :p
Also lost doubles R1 :(

25K Bulgaria:
QR1 d. Victoria Ocheva BUL (NR) 6-0 6-2
FQR l. to (15) Gabriela Talaba ROU (#866) 5-7 4-6 :(
Talaba ended up playing a close match against Dentoni, but I think Valentini should've won it. But I'm happy in a way that she lost so she gets no ranking points and it won't affect her age eligibility restrictions since it doesn't count as a tournament. Otherwise, she would've qualified and probably lost in the first round and only gained one point. And she's already played so many tournaments this year and she's running out until her birthday in February.

10K Greece, HERAKLION:
R1 d. (Q) Dominique Covington GBR (NR) 6-2 6-1
R2 d. Sabina Shaydullina RUS (NR) 6-3 6-1
QF l. to (5) Laura Schaeder GER (#581) 2-6 4-6
Schafer ended up making the final, but still :(
And lost doubles QF 10-8 in STB :sobbing:

10K Greece, HERAKLION:
R1 l. to (WC) Lauren McMinn GBR (#1202) 3-6 4-6 :o
The only explanation I could find for this loss was that she was tanking so she could have room in her age-restricted schedule to play her home 10K Zakynthos but then that event got canceled anyways :mad:
Valentini was the wooden spoon of this tournament even though the was the second seed in the draw :tape:

Also, she got to a new career-high of #520, so she can play in the qualifying draws of junior grand slams if she gets to the top 500 before the entry cut-offs :yeah:
Her ranking did slip a bit since then to #552 but it's still great for her age. She was for most of thr year #3/4 for her birth year but now a few more girls have passed her. I think last time I checked she was #6 which is still amazing!

Maybe she should play some weak junior events and build a good ranking so she can play junior slams? :unsure:

hellas719
Dec 22nd, 2013, 11:37 PM
http://tennisnews.gr/images/Tournaments/2013/GreekFutures/2ndHellenicZeus/4/valentini-grammatikopoulou-semis10.jpg

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http://tennisnews.gr/images/Tournaments/2013/GreekFutures/2ndHellenicZeus/4/valentini-semi-winner.jpg

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http://tennisnews.gr/images/Tournaments/2013/GreekFutures/2ndHellenicZeus/4/valentini-bowtell8.jpg

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http://tennisnews.gr/images/news_images/Grammatikopoulou/2013/grammatikopoulou_bmw_ahg_cup.jpg

hellas719
Dec 22nd, 2013, 11:37 PM
Heraklion tournaments-Fall 2013:
http://www.helleniczeustennis.com/media/18499/DSC03179.JPG

http://www.helleniczeustennis.com/media/17311/DSC03123.JPG

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http://www.helleniczeustennis.com/media/20446/DSC03377.JPG

http://www.tennisnews.gr/images/Tournaments/2013/GreekFutures/3rdHellenicZeus/2/valentini-defeat.jpg

https://scontent-a-ord.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/q77/s720x720/1395128_10151801907653558_871819245_n.jpg

hellas719
Dec 24th, 2013, 03:07 AM
Great videos of her from the April/May Heraklion tournaments :inlove:

0:06-0:08, 1:35-2:04
E7pQo9zRA4Q

0:07-0:08, 1:51-2:23
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^The best one :lol:

0:04-1:24, 2:14-2:18
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hellas719
Dec 27th, 2013, 03:01 AM
http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/Ch2G9Ne_w0I/maxresdefault.jpg

On the right side:
http://www.plusonline.rs/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/finale-fjucersa-620x350.jpg

http://tennisnews.gr/images/news_images/Grammatikopoulou/2013/valentini-cup-serbia.jpg

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http://tennisnews.gr/images/news_images/Grammatikopoulou/2013/valentini-serbia.jpg

http://tennisnews.gr/images/news_images/Grammatikopoulou/2013/Grammatikopoulou_Bakkum.jpg

http://www.nikejuniortour.com/ver2011/masters/2011/images_players/wc_u14g_grammatikopoulou.jpg

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hellas719
Dec 30th, 2013, 01:25 AM
G1 Eddie Herr, USA:
QR1 d. (WC) Laura Kelly AUS 6-1 6-1
QR2 d. (9) Ingrid Gamarra Martins BRA 6-1 6-1
QR3 l. to (8) Katherine Sebov CAN 7-6 2-6 3-6 :sad:
Sebov is a very promising young player, but still Valentini should've won IMO :shrug:

GA Orange Bowl, USA:
QR1 d. (WC) Rachel Smilansky USA 6-3 6-1
QR2 d. (8) Yolimar Ogando PUR 6-4 6-2
QR3 d. Ayan Broomfield CAN 6-2 4-6 6-4
R1 l. to Emily Arbuthnott GBR 6-3 5-7 3-6
I've never even heard of her, and I wonder if Valentini had MPs in that second set :o

Valentini also played doubles (with Sebov) and reached the second round :p

Photos from the Orange Bowl:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tlaenpix/11442885254/sizes/l/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tlaenpix/11442926686/sizes/l/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tlaenpix/11442885984/sizes/l/
They can't be directly posted here because of copyright reasons :rolleyes:

A video of her training in Kilkis:
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Other photos:
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Ckz7jMwN5c0/Uabi3w0k9LI/AAAAAAABOQE/QvyPDnGIDDI/s1600/ΒΡΑΒΕΥΣΗ1.jpg

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-c00h9lByGpk/Uabi3kRg5QI/AAAAAAABOQA/kQRca3Zf9jo/s1600/%25CE%2592%25CE%25A1%25CE%2591%25CE%2592%25CE%2595 %25CE%25A5%25CE%25A3%25CE%2597.jpg

http://www.schwarzwaelder-bote.de/media.facebook.4f0b081d-f12e-494d-86a6-2e90f3acbfb1.normalized.jpg

http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/dJxbgwC9DGM/maxresdefault.jpg

http://www.tournoi.fft.fr/tim-essonne/tim-essonne_d/data_1/jpg/co/copiedefp09031293.jpg

http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQ3DZUiGbPARlSV0IjIsi6i54E-iI0gc1bfeRX_OyCLGl-Jd3a1FQ

hellas719
Jan 5th, 2014, 02:04 AM
25K Vero Beach, FL, USA:
Her section of Q draw:

(1)Allie Will (USA) v Natalie Pluskota (USA)
Ellie Halbauer (USA) v (wc)Paulina Bigos (POL)
Valentini Grammatikopoulou (GRE) v Kristina Mathis (USA)
Jan Abaza (USA) v (wc)Sara Swift (USA)

Tbh I don't see her making it to the main draw but I hope she proves me wrong. I never heard of Mathis and looked her up and saw that she never had a WTA ranking but she has had a few decent wins and since Valentini lost to girls like McMinn, Proese, and Talaba recently, you never know :lol:
Abaza and Will will be tough for sure (no pun intended)

hellas719
Jan 7th, 2014, 03:12 AM
25K Vero Beach, FL, USA:
Her section of Q draw:

(1)Allie Will (USA) v Natalie Pluskota (USA)
Ellie Halbauer (USA) v (wc)Paulina Bigos (POL)
Valentini Grammatikopoulou (GRE) v Kristina Mathis (USA)
Jan Abaza (USA) v (wc)Sara Swift (USA)

Tbh I don't see her making it to the main draw but I hope she proves me wrong. I never heard of Mathis and looked her up and saw that she never had a WTA ranking but she has had a few decent wins and since Valentini lost to girls like McMinn, Proese, and Talaba recently, you never know :lol:
Abaza and Will will be tough for sure (no pun intended)

3-6 6-2 3-6 :tape:
That's probably the worst of her recent string of losses :help:
And she is still entered for two more 25K qualies tournaments in Florida. What's the point if she isn't going to win? Even if she was in better form, these tournaments have strong lists. She should just take some time off to train and get herself together again and then come back for Fed Cup next month :shrug:

hellas719
Jan 7th, 2014, 03:13 AM
Heraklion in October:
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Danii's Law
Jan 7th, 2014, 03:37 AM
3-6 6-2 3-6 :tape:
That's probably the worst of her recent string of losses :help:
And she is still entered for two more 25K qualies tournaments in Florida. What's the point if she isn't going to win? Even if she was in better form, these tournaments have strong lists. She should just take some time off to train and get herself together again and then come back for Fed Cup next month :shrug:

Yikes.\, when is she going to hit her stride ?

hellas719
Jan 15th, 2014, 05:02 AM
25K Port St. Lucie, FL, USA:
QR1 d. (WC) Madison Bourguignon USA (ITF Junior #87) 6-4 6-1
Really good for Valentini to win this match, especially since her opponent was pretty good :clap2:

One of TF's own was there:
. Hellas asked me about Grammatikopoulou, and from what I could tell, today, she mixed things up fairly well, hitting with variety (read: a mix of depth on her shots, some flat, some with medium topspin, and some in Julia Cohen territory), but the match was so far away I real couldn't say for sure how things were going. .

QR2 l. to (13) Jennifer Elie USA (#421) 5-7 3-6
No shame here :shrug:. Valentini was much closer this time than when they played last year in Brussels ;)

That first win was really important, and this tournament was pretty good for her compared to how she's done lately :yeah:

Photos from Orange Bowl in December:
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7314/11442926686_2ec0ab2ec7_b.jpg

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5514/11442885254_1765e525a4_b.jpg

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5550/11442885984_c57f45a976_b.jpg

hellas719
Jan 17th, 2014, 06:07 AM
Photos from the Port St. Lucie tournament:
http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2825/11917161913_1fc29ed3a3_z.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7293/11916872535_0bb5a26d09_z.jpg

Looks like they're arguing about a mark :lol:

Valentini will play qualies of another 25K in Florida and then onto Fed Cup in Estonia ;)

hellas719
Jan 19th, 2014, 01:12 AM
Her section of qualies at 25K Daytona Beach:
(2/wc)Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) v Angelina Zhuravleva (RUS)
(wc)Anna Sanford (USA) v Nadia Echeverria Alam (USA)
Brooke Austin (USA) v Jessica Lawrence (USA)
(15)Naomi Osaka (JPN) v Valentini Grammatikopoulou (GRE)

Naomi should be tough :unsure:
She's ranked 411 and she's also from 1997. Actually Valentini was #3 from 1997 for a short while last year (only behind Bencic and Konjuh) and then Naomi passed Valentini in the rankings :p

Oh well, nothing to lose! :shrug:

hellas719
Jan 27th, 2014, 03:52 AM
0-6 6-7(5) :hug:
Credit to her for still fighting after a bagel, even if the scoreline suggests that she may have missed some set points :shrug:
I believe her next tournament will be her Fed Cup debut! :D
And then she'll turn 17 so she can play more pro tournaments :cool:

hellas719
Feb 7th, 2014, 05:53 AM
Her Fed Cup debut against Cyprus went very well :)
She beat Omirou (junior #689, 14 yo) 6-0 6-0 :drool:
And then played a dead doubles rubber with Stefanou and won 6-2 6-4 :)

Next tie is against Moldova on Friday. Will be tougher but hopefully she can keep winning :)

hellas719
Feb 8th, 2014, 06:27 AM
Won against Anastasia Detiuc from Moldova (15 yo, junior #801) 6-1 6-0 :D
Now 3-0 in her Fed Cup career :bigclap:

Tomorrow she'll play in the promotional playoff against Ireland! :cheer:
Best of luck! :)

http://tennisnews.gr/images/Tournaments/2014/Fed_Cup/greece-fedcup2014.jpg

Also the ITF updated her profile and put that she was born in Kilkis and resides in Kilkis. I know she resides there, but I don't think she was born there. Such a mystery :lol:. She used to live on Zakynthos and her Facebook profile says she is from Sochi which explains the Russian connection. Elena Vesnina is part Greek from Sochi and a lot of Greeks live in the Black Sea area and many of them moved back to Greece in recent years. My theory is that she was born in Sochi to Greek parents and at some point moved to Zakynthos and then moved to Kilkis, but I guess one day we will know for sure :lol:

Also I don't believe when the ITF says she was born in Kilkis because the ITF also claims Papamichail was born in Athens and she was born in Preveza which is not even close to Athens ;)

hellas719
Feb 9th, 2014, 04:37 AM
Beat Jane Fennelly (unranked Irish girl) 6-2 6-0 and then played deciding doubles with Maria against Bowtell/Dillon and lost 4-6 3-6 :sad:
Valentini played so well this week and barely lost games in singles, I'm excited to see what the rest of the year brings. I know she's going to play qualies of a tough American 25K but then she'll probably play the Heraklion tournaments in March and April.

Her birthday is today (February 9th) so Happy 17th Birthday to her and now she gets to play more tournaments because of the age eligibility rule :D:cheer::aparty:

hellas719
Feb 9th, 2014, 04:41 AM
More Fed Cup photos:
http://www.tennisnews.gr/images/Tournaments/2014/Fed_Cup/gallery/Fed_Cup_Greek_team_01.JPG

http://www.tennisnews.gr/images/Tournaments/2014/Fed_Cup/gallery/Fed_Cup_Greek_team_12.JPG

http://www.tennisnews.gr/images/Tournaments/2014/Fed_Cup/gallery/Fed_Cup_Greek_team_10.JPG

http://www.tennisnews.gr/images/Tournaments/2014/Fed_Cup/gallery/Fed_Cup_Greek_team_13.JPG

http://www.tennisnews.gr/images/Tournaments/2014/Fed_Cup/gallery/Fed_Cup_Greek_team_14.JPG

http://www.tennisnews.gr/images/Tournaments/2014/Fed_Cup/gallery/Fed_Cup_Greek_team_09.JPG

hellas719
Feb 15th, 2014, 03:24 AM
Valentines Day means Happy nameday to Valentini :aparty:

hellas719
Feb 17th, 2014, 04:18 AM
She's the 14th seed for the qualies of 25K Surpise, Arizona:
QR1 d. Elizabeth Kilborn USA (#1242) 6-3 6-3
QR2 vs. Marie Norris USA (junior #239)
I have never heard of her, but Norris has recent wins over Jeukeng, D.Ivanova, Gordon, and Abaza :unsure:

hellas719
Feb 19th, 2014, 06:02 AM
7-5 6-4 over Norris :yeah:
That's a match she would have lost 2-3 months ago :shrug:
Then she won FQR over (6) Alexandra Stevenson USA (#412, former #18 and Wimbledon semifinalist) 6-3 6-4 :banana:
Obviously Stevenson is not the player she used to be, but it's still a good win for Valentini :)
I thought Valentini would struggle against Stevenson's serve (she set the aces record in Quebec City qualies last September, so her serve is still good even though the rest of her game has gone downhill), but Valentini broke her serve 6 times :eek::yeah:
I followed the scores from 6-3 *4-3 and Valentini got broken so I thought she would blow it then, but she broke back right away and then served it out :cool:

MD R1 vs. (7) Eri Hozumi JPN (#174)
It will be tough. Hozumi has beaten the likes of Bencic and Tanasugarn recently, among others. Valentini has nothing to lose though :)

Photos from the Vero Beach tournament last month:
http://www.wta96.com/wiki/images/9/99/Valentini_Grammatikopoulou_Vero_Beach_2014_Qualifi ers_First_Round_3_0977.jpg

http://www.wta96.com/wiki/images/0/0f/Valentini_Grammatikopoulou_Vero_Beach_2014_Qualifi ers_First_Round_2_0884.jpg

http://www.wta96.com/wiki/images/5/56/Valentini_Grammatikopoulou_Vero_Beach_2014_Qualifi ers_First_Round_4_0958.jpg

http://www.wta96.com/wiki/images/7/7e/Valentini_Grammatikopoulou_Vero_Beach_2014_Qualifi ers_First_Round_0_1035.jpg

http://www.wta96.com/wiki/images/2/23/Valentini_Grammatikopoulou_Vero_Beach_2014_Qualifi ers_First_Round_1_0991.jpg

Danii's Law
Feb 19th, 2014, 10:40 AM
Fantastic news!! Some good results.

Hope she can do great things this year

hellas719
Feb 22nd, 2014, 04:29 AM
4-6 6-1 0-6 :hug:
I am so proud of her, even though she lost. She took a set 6-1 over a top 200 player! And the total points difference was 71-67 in favor of Hozumi, so even though there was a bagel in the last set, the games were probably close :shrug:. Too bad she was probably tired since it was her fourth match in four days. This tournament isn't very generous to players from qualies when they don't start qualies until Sunday and have three rounds of qualifying. If she reached the final that would've been 8 matches in 8 days :o. Obviously she has a long way to go before reaching the finals of challengers, but that wasn't my point ;)

http://tennisnews.gr/images/news_images/Grammatikopoulou/2013/grammatikopoulou-biesterbos_open.jpg

hellas719
Mar 6th, 2014, 04:16 AM
She's seeded 8th at the 10K in Gainesville, FL this week ;)
R1 d. Steffi Carruthers SAM (#782) 6-3 6-4 :yeah:
R2 vs. Sina Haas GER (#581)
Haas is no pushover, she beat Naydenova a few months ago and pushed Krajicek to a third set tiebreak :eek:

Doubles with Zarazua (MEX)
Qualifying d. (WC) Hammond USA/King USA 2-6 6-3 10-7 :)
R1 l. to (3) Frankova CZE/Kramperova CZE 3-6 1-6

hellas719
Mar 8th, 2014, 05:45 AM
4-6 3-6 :(
3/8 on BP :tape:
Two weeks off and then she goes to magical Heraklion :inlove:

hellas719
Apr 10th, 2014, 03:47 AM
10K Heraklion:
R1 l. to (5/Q) Amanda Carreras GBR (#395) 6-7(5) 6-7(4) :sad:
Main difference was that she was 6/18 on break points and her experienced opponent was 6/6 :lol:. No secret that she has to start playing better on the big points :shrug:
Still, encouraging scoreline I guess. Too bad that she has 31 points to defend over this month so her ranking will probably drop a lot :tape:
Luckily she should be able to bring it back up though ;)

She also played doubles and reached the final with Leykina (RUS) but lost 10-6 in a super tiebreak against the top seeds :hug:

http://www.helleniczeustennis.com/media/34684/DSC00006.JPG

hellas719
Apr 15th, 2014, 06:53 AM
10K Heraklion:
R1 d. Maria Sakkari GRE (#566) 4-6 6-4 6-1
R2 d. (3) Polina Leykina RUS (#408) 6-2 6-3 :bowdown:
Good win over the previous week's title winner :)
QF d. (5) Borislava Botusharova BUL (#481) 6-4 6-3
SF l. to (1) Tereza Martincova CZE (#278) 6-4 0-6 1-6 :hug:
Really a good performance here. She's saving some of her points from last year. Martincova ended up winning the title and she only lost one set all tournament, against Valentini. She (Martincova) really has no business playing in a 10K, but once again Valentini showed how she can compete at a high level :)
Her ranking will probably take a big dip but I'm confident if she keeps up this level she will be back to where she is now and even higher by the end of the year ;)

She also reached another doubles final, losing 6-1 5-7 8-10 :sobbing:

10K Heraklion:
R1 vs. (Q) Helene Scholsen BEL (#1048)

Doubles with Dzalamidze again this week, and they already beat Kairi GRE/Leykina RUS in straight sets and are into the QF :bounce:

hellas719
Apr 15th, 2014, 06:55 AM
Photos from the past few weeks in Heraklion:
http://www.helleniczeustennis.com/media/35207/DSC04773.JPG

http://www.helleniczeustennis.com/media/35208/DSC04782.JPG

http://www.helleniczeustennis.com/media/35209/DSC04783.JPG

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http://www.helleniczeustennis.com/media/35861/DSC04808.JPG

http://www.helleniczeustennis.com/media/35874/DSC04852.JPG

http://tennisplaza.be/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/elkelemmensenmagalikempen.jpg

You can see her here sitting down in the red in the middle with Martha Matoula standing behind her :lol:
http://www.helleniczeustennis.com/media/35212/DSC04791.JPG

hellas719
Apr 16th, 2014, 04:11 AM
6-3 6-7(5) 7-5 :unsure:
Too close but a win is a win ;)
R2 vs. (Q) Margot Decker FRA (NR)
Doubles QF vs. Bacquie FRA/Brouleau FRA

hellas719
Apr 18th, 2014, 05:20 AM
4-6 7-5 6-2 :banana:
I expected her to win these first two rounds easier, but it's okay :lol:
QF vs. (2) Despina Papamichail GRE (#380)

They played each other here last year and Valentini won 7-5 in the third in a 4 hour match. Would be interesting to see what happens between the two of them this time.

6-2 6-4 in doubles :cool:
SF vs. (1) Schuurs NED/Versteeg NED