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Jul 3rd, 2016 03:05 PM
Re: Valient Valeria Solovieva Cheering Thread!

on her SemiFinal match against Caitlin Whoriskey.

Valeria Solovyeva had been something of a Russian steamroller ... steamrolling her way to three straight tournament finals prior to El Paso.

So Caitlin Whoriskey's planning was understandable.

Whoriskey was slated to meet the white hot Russian Solovyeva in Saturday morning's semifinals of the Hunt Communities $25,000 Women's Pro Tennis Classic at Tennis West Sports & Racquet Club.

Smiling, then laughing, Whoriskey said, "I made my flight reservations home for tomorrow. She'd just been steamrolling everyone. Guess I'll have to change my flight."

Indeed she will.

Solovyeva began as expected, rolling past Whoriskey 6-1 in the first set. But Whoriskey, the 28-year-old from Boston, changed tactics ... she began coming to the net every chance she got. And that tipped the match upside down ... and forced Whoriskey to change her flight plans.

Whoriskey roared back to defeat Solovyeva 1-6, 6-2, 7-5 to reach Sunday morning's championship match against defending champion Jamie Loeb.

While Whoriskey and Solovyeva locked up in a 2½ hour duel, Loeb simply smothered South African Chanel Simmonds 6-2, 6-3 ... wrapping up a championship spot in just about an hour.

In the first set of her match, Whoriskey looked as though she were on schedule to make that Sunday flight. Solovyeva rolled right through her 6-1. But then everything changed. And, all of a sudden, it began to look more and more as though that Sunday flight was in jeopardy.

"The first set nothing was really going my way," Whoriskey said, shaking her head. "She was playing really well and I knew she is a great competitor. I gave her a couple of openings and she took advantage of them. The second set I just decided to start coming forward and I think it threw her off a little. I don't feel my game is as strong when I stay on the baseline and exchange, so I decided to play to my strength.

"Plus, here in El Paso, the condition suits my game well," she said. "The ball jumps off the court, doesn't settle in like on clay and give your opponent time to pass you. Plus, it flies through the air. I guess you could say my game is suited for El Paso."

Whoriskey broke Solovyeva in the opening game of the second set and then broke her twice more, soaring away to a 5-0 lead. She came to net and put away a backhand volley to lock up the second set 6-2.

The third set was a tense duel. Solovyeva swatted away a trio of break points and held her serve to go up 1-0. Whoriskey leveled the match with her serve and then broke Solovyeva to take a 2-1 lead. But the 23-year-old Russian broke right back and it was level at 2-all. Whoriskey broke again and worked her way to a 5-4 lead. She served for the match but Solovyeva broke back at love and the match was all even — one set each, 5-all. But Whoriskey broke back one more time and this time, serving for the set a second time, closed the show.

Whoriskey played a pair of qualifying matches and Saturday marked her third three-set match in four outings in the main draw. And then she took a break and returned for the doubles final.

Whoriskey and Ashley Weinhold teamed to win the doubles championship Saturday afternoon, taking a 6-4, 7-6 (3) win over Sanaz Marand and Carol Zhao.

"Lot of tennis this week," Whoriskey said, laughing again. "But that's a good thing. Guess I'll have to change that flight now. I'll miss the Fourth of July party on Cape Cod, but I think my friends will understand. This is a pretty good reason."
Jul 3rd, 2016 03:02 PM
Re: Valient Valeria Solovieva Cheering Thread!

$25K El Paso, TX, USA (7 June - 03 July 2016)

Valeria Solovyeva of Russia returns a shot from Carol Zhao of Canada on Friday during the Hunt Communities $25,000 Women’s Pro Tennis Classic at Tennis West Sports & Racquet Club.

Jul 3rd, 2016 02:57 PM
Re: Valient Valeria Solovieva Cheering Thread!

A report on her QuarterFinal Win over first seeded Kristie Ahn:
(by El Paso Times)

Patient Russian heals, beats tourney's top seed

The young woman waited patiently, biding her time, working to get that knee strong again, working to finish her college degree.

It was not what she wanted to do. It was what she had to do.

On a hot Thursday morning in late June, Valeria Solovyeva showed the benefits of all that work ... all that patience.

The 23-year-old from Saratov, Russia, dismissed top-seeded Kristie Ahn, 6-3, 6-2, on her way to Friday's quarterfinals of the Hunt Communities $25,000 Women's Pro Tennis Classic at Tennis West Sports & Racquet Club.

"I took my time in the match," Solovyeva said. "I was patient. Played one point at a time. This was my fifth tournament back since my knee injury and I feel I'm playing better and better."

Solovyeva is most certainly on a run right now. Her ranking, which had once been as high as 163, has slipped into the 500s with her inactivity. But she is climbing and climbing fast. She won the $25,000 event May 26 in Naples, Fla., she was the runner-up in the $25,000 event June 19 in Sumter, S.C., and she won the $25,000 event Sunday in Baton Rouge, La.

Ahn, the four-time All-American from Stanford, could never get going against Solovyeva. Ahn, with a ranking of 224 in the world, dropped the first set and fell behind 4-2 in the second set. Ahn had a look at two break points but could not convert either, so, instead of pulling back to 4-3 and on serve and still having a pulse, she fell behind 5-2. Solovyeva blistered a cross-court winner off Ahn's serve and then went on to break the Stanford graduate one more time to close out the match.

"It was hard to be out all that time," she said. "But I was able to finish my degree in sports science at my college in Russia. I worked hard on rehabbing my knee and I missed playing tennis. I didn't worry about it, though. I just tried to take it a day at a time. I'm very pleased with the way I've played. I've just tried to work on my game and the winning has been good. Those are things you cannot really control, though."

After more than a year of waiting, the young woman from Russia seems to be controlling this winning thing quite well.
Jul 3rd, 2016 09:13 AM
Re: Valient Valeria Solovieva Cheering Thread!

Lera had another good run at a 25K in US, this time in El Paso.

Rnd 1 Valeria Solovyeva (RUS) d. Brooke Austin (USA) 75 64
Rnd 2 Valeria Solovyeva (RUS) d. (1)Kristie Ahn (USA) 63 62
QF Valeria Solovyeva (RUS) d. (8)Carol Zhao (CAN) 64 64
SF (Q)Caitlin Whoriskey (USA) d. Valeria Solovyeva (RUS) 16 62 75

Must have run a bit out of steam, playing so many matches lately. But good thing is she can .
Jun 27th, 2016 07:36 PM
Re: Valient Valeria Solovieva Cheering Thread!

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Jun 27th, 2016 07:31 PM
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Jun 27th, 2016 09:44 AM
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$25,000 Baton Rouge, LA (21-26 June)

VALERIA SOLOVYEVA captures tennis title!

Valeria Solovyeva of Saratov, Russia, capped her run at the USTA Women’s Pro Circuit’s Southern Lifestyle Development Tennis Classic, defeating Jennifer Elie of New York 5-7, 6-3, 6-0 Sunday morning at the LSU Tennis Complex to win the singles title.

Solovyeva won two singles titles on the International Tennis Federation Pro Circuit, including one earlier this year in Naples, Florida. It is her third ITF circuit title this year, including the doubles title at Naples event.

Solovyeva defeated the No. 1 seed of the tournament Riko Sawayanagi from Hakodate, Hokkaido, Japan, in the semifinals on Saturday, 6-2 and 6-3 to advance to the finals.

Solovyeva showed tons of grit and determination,” LSU co-head coach Michael Sell said. “She fought like a tiger, especially after losing such a tough first set. She had a great two weeks after she lost in the finals last week, so it’s impressive to back up last week with a singles title.

Elie had Solovyeva on her heels, winning the first set 7-5, after throwing her off of her rhythm with her touch on the ball.

But Solovyeva had a sense of urgency and gained control in the second set, where she went 25-of-27 on second serves and won 13 of 24 second-serve points.

Solovyeva capped the win with a 6-0 victory in the final set in a match that lasted 2 hours and 19 minutes.

“The level of tennis was incredible and so many great players experienced how beautiful LSU is,” Sell said. “We had an increasing amount in attendance as the tournament went along, so the word is spreading. Our goal is to get the local tennis community more involved with coming to watch. I believe once more people experience this tournament, they will be thirsty to come back to watch more tennis.”

Lauren Herring and Ellen Perez took home the doubles title.

The circuit’s next tournament begins Monday in El Paso, Texas.

Valeria Solovyeva captures tennis title | The Advocate ? Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Jun 27th, 2016 09:41 AM
Re: Valient Valeria Solovieva Cheering Thread!

Originally Posted by Tennis Fool View Post
CONGRATS to Lera for winning the 25K Baton Rouge!

She overcame CC Bellis, who beat her in the final of Sumter, in the second round 76(5) 67(1) 63, on the way to the final, where she overcame Jennifer Elie, 57 36 63!

It is more surprising if you know that in THIS match against Cici Bellis, the score of 3rd set was 3-0 40-15 for Bellis !!!! and then Valeria turned everything !
Jun 26th, 2016 10:27 PM
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Unbelievable run again, no doubts about her returning fully to singles now. For the record her complete route:

Rnd 1 (SE)Valeria Solovyeva (RUS) d. Tori Kinard (USA) 61 60
Rnd 2 (SE)Valeria Solovyeva (RUS) d. (3)Catherine Bellis (USA) 76(5) 67(1) 63
QF (SE)Valeria Solovyeva (RUS) d. Olivia Rogowska (AUS) 75 60
SF (SE)Valeria Solovyeva (RUS) d. (1)Riko Sawayanagi (JPN) 62 63
F (SE)Valeria Solovyeva (RUS) d. Jennifer Elie (USA) 57 63 60

Decent list of casualties. Now indeed, going for USO qualies spot. Congrats Lera
Jun 26th, 2016 06:20 PM
Tennis Fool
Re: Valient Valeria Solovieva Cheering Thread!

CONGRATS to Lera for winning the 25K Baton Rouge!

She overcame CC Bellis, who beat her in the final of Sumter, in the second round 76(5) 67(1) 63, on the way to the final, where she overcame Jennifer Elie, 57 36 63!

Lera is now 16-1 in her last three tournaments, and on the cusp of returning to the Top 300!

Now on the march for USO qualies
Jun 20th, 2016 09:00 AM
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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
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$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
Weinhold, Whoriskey claim PPO doubles crown | The Sumter Item
Jun 19th, 2016 03:42 PM
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$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.
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