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BlueTrees Jan 22nd, 2012 04:22 PM

Elizaveta Kulichkova


Name: Elizaveta Kulichkova
Born: 12th April 1996 (17 years old)
Birth Place: Novosibirsk, Russia
Age Started Tennis: 7 years old
Coach: Dmitriy Kulichkov
Favourite Surface: Hard
Career High WTA Ranking: #205
Career High ITF Junior Ranking: #3

Career Highlights

2007 12&U South Urals Cup Finalist

2008 12&U Novikov Cup Semifinalist

2009 14&U Cukurova Cup Finalist
2009 ITF G5 Almaty Junior Tournament Champion

2010 ITF G4 Almaty International Junior Tournament Champion
2010 ITF G4 Fergana Cup Finalist

2011 ITF G2 Indian ITF Junior Tournament Champion
2011 ITF G3 Kolkata ITF Juniors Finalist
2011 ITF GA Trofeo Bonfiglio Quarterfinalist
2011 ITF GA Abierto Juvenil Mexicano Champion

2012 ITF G1 Chief Minister's Cup ITF Malaysian World Junior Tennis Championships Champion
2012 $10K Antalya-Belconti Champion
2012 ITF GA Trofeo Bonfiglio Semifinalist
2012 16&U European Junior Championships Quarterfinalist

2013 ITF GA Australian Open Semifinalist
2013 ITF G1 LTAT ITF Junior Tournament Semifinalist
2013 $50K Istanbul Finalist
2013 ITF GA Trofeo Bonfiglio Semifinalist
2013 ITF GA Roland Garros Quarterfinalist
2013 $25K Istanbul Champion

BlueTrees Jan 22nd, 2012 04:23 PM

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BlueTrees Jan 22nd, 2012 04:23 PM

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Here are some videos of Elizaveta in Mexico City. She has huge groundstrokes, especially her forehand! She seems to be standing a bit to far behind the baseline though.

BlueTrees Jan 22nd, 2012 04:24 PM

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And finally, here are some comments from Elizaveta after her big victory.

From the ITF Junior circuit website.

Fifteen-year-old Kulichkova dedicated the victory to her mother and said she was thrilled with the win, even though it came at the expense of beating her friend and training partner in Flink. "At the start of the tournament my dream was to reach the final and win but I never thought it would be with my compatriot,” said Kulichkova. “It was hard playing against Vavara. She is much stronger physically and has a very good game so it was always going to be difficult, plus I felt something strange because it was someone from my country and had to overcome that.”

In a fluctuating final, Kulichkova dominated the first set before Flink hit back. She led the first set 5-3 only to see Kulichkova fight her way back and wrestle the momentum her way. "I know her game well and that helped me develop a strategy,” said Kulichkova. “The key to winning was to keep constant attack and try to win every point not to miss any opportunity and to try and mix things up against her.”

From the tournament website, translated (badly) into English.

"I was hard pressed to know that my opponent would be my friend Varvara Flink, with whom I trained for a while but never had to face in the field, my main strategy was the concentration felt it was a good game. The first set I was dominant and therefore believed that the following would Igua."
"I feel with a good level of play, but I still was difficult, especially sudden death, and I have to accept that in the second set I lost concentration. She was winning 5-3, I knew I had to pull myself together or I could lose. I had to develop a strategy to attack your weaknesses because I know his game."
"I dedicate the win to my mom, whom I have not seen or will see in a long time and miss you too and I hope you are watching on television."
"My biggest goal is to become the number one."

BlueTrees Jan 22nd, 2012 04:25 PM

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Loy Yang Traralgon International, G1, Traralgon, Australia

1R: (5)Elizaveta Kulichkova (RUS) df. Jade Suvrijn (FRA) 6-3 6-4
2R: (5)Elizaveta Kulichkova (RUS) df. Beatriz Haddad Maia (BRA) 6-3 0-6 7-5
3R: So-Ra Lee (KOR) df. (5)Elizaveta Kulichkova (RUS) 7-5 6-0

Not a bad tournament. Lee is two years older than Elizaveta.

Australian Open, GA, Melbourne, Australia

1R: Jade Suvrijn (FRA) df. (6)Elizaveta Kulichkova (RUS) 7-5 6-1

Disappointing early exit, especially as she beat Suvrijn handily only last week in Traralgon. :(

Tennis Fool Apr 25th, 2012 05:24 PM

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Liz is 16 now, and is having a great tournament at the Antalya-Belconti V. She qualified without dropping a set, then destroyed WC Seda Arantekin, 61 60. Rd. 2 will be much tougher, as she faces #1 Sofia Kvatsabaia.

Also of note, she is Top 10 in juniors now. :)

Demosthenes Apr 26th, 2012 09:19 PM

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(Q)Elizaveta Kulichkova (RUS) d. (1)Sofia Kvatsabaia (GEO) 61 60 :bounce:

First WTA points for Elizaveta. Plays Natalia Orlova in the QF.

Tennis Fool Apr 27th, 2012 08:18 AM

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^ Actually, I believe second WTA points. She played a 50K qualie last year.

But anyway, :eek: Allowing one game to the #1 seed.

Demosthenes Apr 27th, 2012 01:00 PM

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She did but she lost in Q1 so no points gained. ;)

Demosthenes Apr 27th, 2012 02:10 PM

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QF: (Q)Elizaveta Kulichkova (RUS) d. Natalia Orlova (RUS) 63 61 :worship:

Seems to be in great shape! Plays Maria Mokh in the semis.

Tennis Fool Apr 27th, 2012 02:45 PM

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She's on a roll! Don't beat up on Moxie too hard :unsure:

BlueTrees Apr 27th, 2012 02:52 PM

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She's doing well :eek: Hope she can keep it up :yeah:

Tennis Fool Apr 27th, 2012 03:35 PM

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Originally Posted by iPatty (Post 21325324)
She did but she lost in Q1 so no points gained. ;)

But according to WTA, 50K 32 draw-qualie, you get 1 pt just for showing up.

Demosthenes Apr 27th, 2012 04:06 PM

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Maybe it used to be that way but not anymore. You get 1 point for losing in Q2, 4 points for losing in Q3 and 6 points for making it through qualifying.

As you can see Elizaveta got 0 WTA points...

...while the girl that lost to Gorbachkova in Q2 got 1 point. :shrug:

Tennis Fool Apr 27th, 2012 04:20 PM

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Ok. So two more tournies to play at least, before getting a ranking :)

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