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Old Feb 5th, 2011, 12:09 AM   #1
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Valeria Patiuk

With her appearance today in the "dead rubber" doubles vs Bulgaria, she broke Shahar's record as the youngest ever to play for the national team (Shahar played a similar doubles match a week before her 15th birthday, Patiuk is 14y 9m). She even played respectably from the little I've seen, and didn't seem at awe from the presence of a former top-5 player at the other side of the net.

As said in the Fed Cup Zonal thread, this is the first time I got to see her, and she's powerfully built and could easily pass as a 17-18 year old. Someone (Tzoref?) said her game style is similar to Julia's.

Earlier posts about her from the "Israeli hopefuls" thread (all from Oct-Dec 2010):
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Originally Posted by neospecialist View Post
Now we get to see if the 14 yr old Valeria Patiuk is a possible hope for the future. Current tournament is a $10,000 ITF in Akko,Israel.


Quarterfinal

Julia GLUSHKO (ISR) (1) Vs Valeria PATIUK (ISR)
Zuzana LINHOVA (CZE) (3) Vs Deniz KHAZANIUK (ISR)
Diana ISAEVA (RUS) Vs Gally DE WAEL (BEL) (4)
Julia KIMMELMANN (GER) (6) Vs Janina TOLJAN (AUT) (2)
Note: Glushko won 6-2 6-3 en route to the title.

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Originally Posted by Archer16 View Post
She led Shlomo by a set in her only previous tournament, a 10K in Raanana in May, also in the QF.
Khazaniuk was also billed greatly as a future hope not long ago...
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Originally Posted by neospecialist View Post
Valeria Patiuk made it to the under 14 Orange Bowl Finals


Final
Babs Haas d. Valeria Patiuk 62 75
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