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Jun 20th, 2016 09:00 AM
Re: Valient Valeria Solovieva Cheering Thread!

Report from yesterday:

CiCi Bellis hits a return shot during her 6-1, 6-3 victory over Valeria Solovyeva on Sunday during the finals of the Palmetto Pro Open singles tournament at Palmetto Tennis Center.


Valeria Solovyeva returns a shot during her 6-1, 6-3 loss to CiCi Bellis on Sunday during the finals of the Palmetto Pro Open singles tournament at Palmetto Tennis Center.

Palmetto Pro Open singles champion CiCi Bellis, left, and runner-up Valeria Solovyeva pose with their respective awards on Sunday at Palmetto Tennis Center. Bellis won the title 6-1, 6-3.

Posted Sunday, June 19, 2016 6:00 am


Catherine “CiCi” Bellis put her name on the tennis map at the 2014 U.S. Open by becoming the youngest player to ever win a main draw match at the age of 15.

The California native is also putting her name all over the tennis map in South Carolina – for tournament victories.

She added another city to her growing list on Sunday by capturing the Palmetto Pro Open singles title with a dominant 6-1, 6-3 win over Valeria Solovyeva at Palmetto Tennis Center.

The victory was her fourth International Tennis Federation Pro Circuit singles title, with three of the four coming in the Palmetto State. Aside from Sumter, Bellis also has tourney crowns in Florence and Rock Hill.

“It feels amazing,” said the 17-year-old Bellis afterwards. “I’ve won three Pro Circuit titles (in S.C.). I love the site. I’ve never been (to PTC) before, but I just felt really comfortable here.”

That might be an understatement. Bellis, who was the third seed when the main draw began on Tuesday, never dropped a set and had the upper hand in the majority of her matches from the start -- as was the case Sunday when she jumped out to a 5-0 lead on Solovyeva in the first set en route to the 6-1 victory.

“I was obviously playing really good tennis (this week),” Bellis said. “I was dictating the ball well, playing my game and moving forward.

“Today I think early on I was dictating the points, being aggressive and using my forehand to move (Solovyeva).”

Things shifted early in the second set, however, and Bellis found herself down 3-1 and in danger of possibly going to a third-set tiebreaker.

But she rallied to take the last five games, including three on deuce points. Two stood out as Bellis and Solovyeva were tied at three games each when the younger American won back-to-back games to go up 5-3.

The final deuce point of the match went to Bellis after the two had each held the advantage a few different times before the Californian took control.

“Huge,” Bellis said of the two deuce points. “Especially that 4-3 game. That was probably the biggest game of the match for me.

“She started moving me around (in the second set) and starting hitting a couple more winners. So I just had to stick with it, play my game and it turned out well.”

It was a disappointing ending for Solovyeva, the top-seeded qualifier who was playing in her seventh match of the week.

“Today I would say there was not one (part) of the match where I felt comfortable, to be honest,” said Solovyeva, who had never faced Bellis before. “It took some time for me to get going, but she played a really solid match.

“I needed to come up with something really, really good to beat her, and it was just not in me today I guess.”

The native Russian, who will turn 24 later this year, was riding an 11-match winning streak entering Sunday’s play but could not overcome a somewhat slow start.

“I had my chance (in the second set) when it was 3-1, but one call kind of took me away a bit for a few games,” she said. “That was probably my only opening, but other than that you never know what would have happened ‘if’ this.

“But I gave my best on each point and each game, so I can’t blame myself for that. It’s just a part of the game.”

Jun 19th, 2016 08:59 PM
Re: Valient Valeria Solovieva Cheering Thread!

Lera played a great week in Sumter 25K, reaching the final, where she unfortunately lost. Her complete route:

QR1 Bye
QR2 (1)Valeria Solovyeva (RUS) d. Ann Li (USA) 76(0) 61
QFR (1)Valeria Solovyeva (RUS) d. (14)Keri Wong (USA) 60 61

Rnd 1 (Q)Valeria Solovyeva (RUS) d. (7)Lauren Albanese (USA) 62 62
Rnd 2 (Q)Valeria Solovyeva (RUS) d. (Q)Usue Maitane Arconada (USA) 62 63
QF (Q)Valeria Solovyeva (RUS) d. Renata Zarazua (MEX) 62 76(2)
SF (Q)Valeria Solovyeva (RUS) d. (wc)Caroline Dolehide (USA) 36 64 63
F (3)Catherine Bellis (USA) d. (Q)Valeria Solovyeva (RUS) 61 63

So she keeps climbing the rankings, great week, Lera
Jun 19th, 2016 03:48 PM
Re: Valient Valeria Solovieva Cheering Thread!

$25,000 Sumter, SC (13-19 June)

Bellis, Solovyeva to meet in singles final

The singles final was also set on Saturday with third-seeded CiCi Bellis earning a matchup against top-seeded qualifier Valeria Solovyeva in today’s 1:30 p.m. finale on Court 1.

Solovyeva had to mount a comeback of her own against Caroline Dolehide. She dropped the first set 6-3 but rebounded with 6-4 and 6-3 victories in the last two sets to claim the match and a shot at the singles crown. The win marked her 11th straight victory dating back to her previous tournament.

“We had just played recently so I knew (Dolehide) had a big serve and had to anticipate that,” the 24-year-old native Russian said. “It took me a little while to get my body going and she was playing great tennis.

“She pushed me to my limits and I had to step up my game. Maybe a little more intensity and a little bit better game plan (after that).”

Solovyeva was up 4-1 in the second set when Dolehide rallied to tie the games at 4-4. However, Solovyeva won the last two and jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the tiebreaking set before finishing off Dolehide three games later.

“She came up with big serves and played great tennis,” Solovyeva said. “It’s not like I lost opportunities. She came up with some great shots.”

Neither Bellis nor Solovyeva have faced each other before, so there will likely be a feeling-out period in today’s title match. Both have the same strategy going in, though.

By The Sumter ITEM
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Jun 19th, 2016 03:42 PM
Re: Valient Valeria Solovieva Cheering Thread!

$25,000 Sumter, SC (13-19 June)

Valeria Solovyeva may have had to win a pair of qualifying matches to even make the singles main draw of the Palmetto Pro Open, but the fact that she has reached the semifinals of the $25,000 USTA tournament at Palmetto Tennis Center doesn’t mean she’s in uncharted territory.

I’ve actually won 10 matches in a row” Solovyeva replied when it was stated that her 6-2, 7-6(2) quarterfinal victory over Renata Zarazua was her fifth of the week. “I won the $25,000 in Naples (Fla.) last week. “I’ve just been playing really well.”

Solovyeva, who was the No. 1 seed in the qualifying portion of the draw, will face wild card entry Caroline Dolehide today in one of the semifinals. Dolehide defeated Nicole Frenkel 7-6(4), 6-4 in a quarterfinal match.

Solovyeva cruised past Zarazua in the opening set before struggling to put her away in the second set.

“it was very hot out there today,” said Solovyeva, who is from Russia, but trains in Florida so the heat and humidity is not foreign to her. “You try not to focus on that and just focus on playing a point at a time.”

Solovyeva, who was in the main draw of the Naples tournament as a wild card, will be taking on a foe in Dolehide who had a grueling 2-set victory over Frenkel. Solovyeva is ranked 507 in the world, while Dolehide is No. 710.

By The Sumter ITEM,270565?
Jun 12th, 2016 04:19 PM
Re: Valient Valeria Solovieva Cheering Thread!

Another Usefull Interview after winning 25K Naples, Florida:

Interview series at Academia Sanchez-Casal in Florida (III). Valeria Solovyeva, the Wild Card who won the $25,000 Sanchez-Casal Women’s Open

Academia Sanchez-Casal’s headquarters in Florida recently hosted a $25,000 Sanchez-Casal Women’s Open, their second USTA Pro-Circuit event in two months.

Sololvyeva is not unknown on the circuit: during her career, she has won two doubles titles on the WTA tour in addition to two singles and ten doubles titles at the ITF level. In 2013, she reached her best singles ranking of 163, and she peaked at 67 in the doubles. In 2015, she took a year off to complete her master degree in sports and health science, graduating with honors.

We had the chance to talk to her after her victory, and we found out many remarkable things about the Russian:

ASC- You won the Wild Card event at Academia Sanchez-Casal in March, which gave you access to this tournament. Finally, you have just won the Singles Championship. How does it feel?

VS: I am so happy about this victory. One week ago, I would not have expected that. I took a year off due to an injury and to finish my studies in Sports and Health Sciences.
"At that point, my highest ranking was Singles 163 and Doubles 67; however, after my year off I lost my ranking and had to play Wild Cards."
Last Decembre, I moved to Florida to train hard again, and the tennis is coming along very well.

And this place, here the Sanchez-Casal Academy, makes me feel at home, and I am very comfortable on their clay court. So I guess that it has all come together.

ASC: What are your goals for this year?

VS: I have played tennis all my life, it is my passion, and my goal now is to come back to the WTA. However, it is also essential for me to become a better player, person and athlete. To be the best I can be.
"I enjoy this sport; there is a high competition and lots of passion, but it is essential to grow as a person, to stay positive, and to know what you want."

ASC: What to do you try to do when you are not playing in the tournaments?

VS: I try to keep my mind away from the court, which is not easy. I try to keep calm, communicate with my friends, read, listen to music… all things that can help me to relax.

ASC: What do you do to stay focused?

VS: My coach is doing a great job in that field; this is the area I’m trying to improve the most right now.

How you have your mindset, is the base of what you are going to get in the future.
"In the end, I think that you have to get the big picture. This (tennis) is not a real pressure. You want to win, you feel the pressure of competition, but there are more important things."

People that are suffering in the world, or have lost someone they loved. I lost my mom recently, and that is the big picture to me. Having perspective helps you to put things in its place. Like the other day when I was playing one of the matches (a 4 hours 10 minute match setting a tournament record), a person fainted and had to be helped by the emergency team. That makes you think that what you are doing is just a small part of life.

ASC: What do you enjoy doing in your life?

VS: Have contact with my family and friends, knowing that they are in my life. It doesn’t matter where I live: I have to keep in touch with them in order to find my balance.
May 17th, 2016 12:18 AM
Tennis Fool
Re: Valient Valeria Solovieva Cheering Thread!

Nice article that explains why Lera was out and what her future plans are:

Southwest Florida tennis: Russia’s Valeria Solovyeva beats Kayla Day for ASC Women’s Open crown
By Nicholas Idler of the Naples Daily News

Posted: Yesterday 7:26 p.m.
Russia's Valeria Solovyeva began the second Academia Sánchez-Casal Women's Open as a wild card competitor and trudged through a 64-player bracket just to qualify for the main draw. On Sunday, she capped off the $25,000 tournament with a 6-4, 6-0 win in the finals over Kayla Day at the Naples Bath and Tennis Club.

Day kept it close throughout most of the first set and tied it up at 4-4 at one point. Solovyeva eventually found a rhythm, though, and won eight straight points.

"I think I just had to fight through myself a bit more, other than my opponent," she said. "This is why the first set was on-and-off for me. I took my level higher than I started in the beginning and it was going in a good way for me. The longer I played, the better."

Solovyeva and Day got into some long volleys, but time after time, Solovyeva found ways to disrupt Day's rhythm and forced her into tough returns. The 23-year-old usually capitalized by lofting a shot to a corner, where Day couldn't get to it.

Solovyeva used less finesse during match point. After gaining control of the volley once again, she sent Day to her left, then drilled the return to the right. The ball sped past Day, giving her no time to get behind it.

"I played my game and I used my shots that work for me the most," Solovyeva said.

The title win is only the beginning, according to Solovyeva, who recently began a comeback after missing more than a year due to injury. She was the No. 160 singles player in the world, and No. 60 in doubles, before hurting her knee in February of 2015.

Solovyeva played her first tournament earlier this month at the ITF Indian Harbour Beach women's tournament, where she fell in the final round of the qualifying draw to No. 1 seed Bernarda Pera. She has to begin climbing the rankings with zero points, but she gained 50 ITF and WTA points with her win on Sunday.

"It is a long road and it's just began," she said. "I'm happy to have the result in my second event of my comeback."

Hurdles continued to fall in front of Solovyeva during the tournament. She defeated the No. 1 seed of the ASC tournament, Sweden's Susanne Celik, in the quarterfinals, but said her toughest challenge came against Norway's Ulrikke Eikeri during the second round She defeated Eikeri, 7-6(5), 2-6, 7-5.

Day had a tough road to the finals as well. Also an unseeded player, the 16-year-old from Santa Barbara, California, faced top-five opponents during her three matches leading up to the championship.

"I think I learn more when I lose, than when I win, because I can really see the things I need to do to improve," she said. "I've learned that just competing and trying to find a way to win, really gets you through a lot of the time. You're most likely not going to be playing your best tennis throughout the week, every single day in a tournament."

Day defeated No. 5 Gabriela Ce in the second round, No. 2 Michelle Larcher De Brito in the quarterfinals and No. 4 Catherin Bellis in the semifinals. She advanced through all three rounds in straight sets.

Find this article at:
Southwest Florida tennis: Russia?s Valeria Solovyeva beats Kayla Day for ASC Women?s Open crown
May 16th, 2016 02:04 PM
Foot's Fingers
Re: Valient Valeria Solovieva Cheering Thread!

really all of sudden

May 16th, 2016 10:57 AM
Re: Valient Valeria Solovieva Cheering Thread!

Valeria Solovyeva defeated @kayla eday in a 1h13 final at $25,000 Sanchez-Casal Women's Open

May 15th, 2016 06:49 PM
Tennis Fool
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May 15th, 2016 05:04 PM
Re: Valient Valeria Solovieva Cheering Thread!

OMG She did it !

She won the final!

F (wc)Valeria Solovyeva (RUS) d. (JE)Kayla Day (USA) 64 60

Biggest title of her career for sure. Curious if she will play more singles again. But this can never be taken from her, congratz, Lera!
May 15th, 2016 04:44 PM
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"American rising star ‪#‎KaylaDay‬ will face Russian promise ‪#‎ValeriaSolovyeva‬ at $25,000 Sanchez-Casal Women’s SINGLES FINAL. "

Valeria Solovyeva
May 15th, 2016 08:28 AM
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Good luck in the final!
May 15th, 2016 01:08 AM
Tennis Fool
Re: Valient Valeria Solovieva Cheering Thread!

Defeated 17 y.o. Caroline Dolehide, 4 & 4

Now into the final against 16 y.o. (and #6 junior) Kayla Day

Either way it goes she'll get her ranking back in two weeks.
May 14th, 2016 08:59 AM
Re: Valient Valeria Solovieva Cheering Thread!

She won her QF as well

QF (wc)Valeria Solovyeva (RUS) d. (1)Susanne Celik (SWE) 64 62

Now SF against another wildcard Dolehide of USA. Good luck, Lera
May 13th, 2016 09:45 AM
Re: Valient Valeria Solovieva Cheering Thread!

Originally Posted by Phenomareva View Post
Valeria has recently played some single matches again. She received a WC to the 25K in Naples, Florida.

Rnd 1 (wc)Valeria Solovyeva (RUS) d. (Q)Maria Shishkina (USA) 62 63

First MD win in two years I believe. Rond 2 against 7th seed Eikiri
She won the Match

The instagram page of tournament:
Epic match at #bmwascwomen, 4h10 minutes! #valeriasolovyeva beat @ Ulleeikeri 7-6 5 in the tiebreak, 2-6, 7-5. Great game, lots of action. Congrats to both players! $25,000 Sanchez-Casal Women's Open, ustennis Pro-circuit, sponsored by @bmwofnaples .Only at @ascflorida #tennis #tennistournament #itf #wta #naplesflorida

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