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She beat Anna Ukolova, who is just outside the Top 500, twice in a row, last week and this week, both times in straight sets. She did the same with Kristina Sorokolet, who this week is in the Top 600. This week, she beat the 2nd seed Milana Lysova (#377, CHR 266) in R1, 3 & 2.

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But I think she could have played qualies there, but she didn't.
Yeah, she should! Last June, Vlada came through qualifying to win the Head Cup title!
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And Russia has a lot of good players
Then how she was selected to be part of Team Russia for the ITF World Junior
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Russian Tennis Tour will update its data for this month and Vlada will be ranked #1.
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Any one can help translate Vlada answer? (Machine Translation sucks)

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Q: Этот сезон пока лучший в твоей карьере. С чем ты связываешь прогресс? Многие заметили, как твоя игра изменилась, стала более эмоциональная.
A: Может, потому что я выросла. Когда-то в начале мне не очень нравились мои результаты, были и проигрыши. Но у меня появился характер, я собралась. Для меня каждая победа очень важна, конечно, я стала с эмоциями к этому относиться. И начала выигрывать. Какой-то слом был вначале, но потом международные. Это соревнования взрослые, до 19 лет, а мне всего 13! Многие были в шоке, потому что мощь моего удара намного сильнее, чем у сформировавшихся девушек, которые дольше играют. У них уже и мозг, как говорит Сергей Георгиевич (прим.: тренер), по-другому развит, но я их как-то обманывала, тактически переигрывала.
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Most of these Kazakh/Uzbek girls' rankings are pretty inflated because they're playing the weak G18s held in their area - Central Asia - all year long. Can't blame them for that, but they're collecting points with wins that are pretty much meaningless because the competition is almost inexistent. Vlada nicely exposed that. But I'm not taking anything from her there, it was a very good routine win and it was nice to see that she didn't let herself distract or impress by her opponent's good ranking or seeding, and just kept to getting her business done.


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Then how she was selected to be part of Team Russia for the ITF World Junior
Because they select the players depending on their latest results. For instance, for the Winter Cup in February this year, they picked Potapova because she's always the obvious lock, and then they picked Rakhimova, who just had a great run at Les Petits As a couple weeks before (she made the SFs), and Krupchenko who had a rather solid year in 2014 (they could also have picked Tikhonova or E. Makarova instead). At that time, Vlada and Taisya didn't really have a remarkable last year and the new year had just started when Winter Cup time came, both had played like 1 tournament each at that moment and you couldn't know they would both really step up and start winning a lot a few months later, and keep posting better and better results. They did, and that's why they were in the Russian team for the summer team events instead of Krupchenko or Tikhonova or Makarova.


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Russian Tennis Tour will update its data for this month and Vlada will be ranked #1.
Cool! She started a bit slower than Pachkaleva this year (won more tournaments but Taisya was playing much stronger tournaments) but the way she's stepped up is impressive and she's now definitely ahead of Taisya in terms of results.
It's funny when you think that only just like 3 months ago at the Russian U14 Championships, Vlada "only" won the bronze, with Taisya winning the gold and Korolkova getting the silver.

Just thought about this: it's weird that Vlada didn't play the U14 European Junior Championships a month ago, because I'm pretty sure that she already was up to Russian #2 ranking and she logically could have played (would have had a spot in MD).
Oh well, we'll probably see her take part to the U16 Championships next year.

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Any one can help translate Vlada answer? (Machine Translation sucks)


Is there a specific part you didn't get? My Russian is very very basic, but with the help of Google Translate I got it all without too many problems, so I can help.

Where did you get the interview from btw?

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Vlada nicely exposed that.
Still waiting her next tournament!
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it was nice to see that she didn't let herself distract or impress by her opponent's good ranking or seeding, and just kept to getting her business done.
Well, read what her coach told her "Vlad, the main thing is don't stress yourself, it's okay, the main thing is stability, don't pay anyone attention, play tennis".
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(won more tournaments but Taisya was playing much stronger tournaments) but the way she's stepped up is impressive and she's now definitely ahead of Taisya in terms of results.
What stronger tournaments was Taisya playing?
I have unorthodox opinion Vlada is way much stronger than Taisya.
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Just thought about this: it's weird that Vlada didn't play the U14 European Junior Championships a month ago, because I'm pretty sure that she already was up to Russian #2 ranking and she logically could have played (would have had a spot in MD).
Oh well, we'll probably see her take part to the U16 Championships next year.
Vlada would have more chances to win the final match against Iga Swiatek than Taisya.
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Still waiting her next tournament!
I'm looking forward to her next tournaments as well, but she's earned herself a little rest


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Well, read what her coach told her "Vlad, the main thing is don't stress yourself, it's okay, the main thing is stability, don't pay anyone attention, play tennis".
That's the exact spirit!


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What stronger tournaments was Taisya playing?
I have unorthodox opinion Vlada is way much stronger than Taisya.
Taisya played the strongest Category 1 Under 14 tournaments in the first part of the year (Les Petits As, Kungens Kanna & Drottningens Pris, TIM Essonne, Bohemia Cafex Cup - she won the later 3 tournaments), while Vlada at the same moment played Category 2 Under 14 events (Smena Cup, Togliatti Cup, Minsk Star, Belkanton Cup) - until she started playing Under 18 tournaments in May. Of these tournaments, she also won 3 (+ made a final in the 4th one), but they were weaker tournaments. A bit as if Taisya was playing and winning Premiers, while Vlada played and won Internationals.
But I think it was a great strategy for Vlada, all these trophies definitely gave her all the confidence she didn't have before that - because her previous year was not so great -, after that, with her new confidence, she eventually started to play her real game, kept winning and winning even though she was playing tougher and tougher tournaments. And yes, Vlada is ahead of Taisya now, and I agree with you on the fact that she's stronger and would have probably had a chance of beating Swiatek.


Btw, you didn't answer my questions on the interview you mentioned (where did you find it? which is the part of Vlada's answer you have trouble understanding?)

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And yes, Vlada is ahead of Taisya now, and I agree with you on the fact that she's stronger and would have probably had a chance of beating Swiatek.
Vlada beats almost all her opponents in straight sets! That's not the case with Taisya!
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Vlada beats almost all her opponents in straight sets! That's not the case with Taisya!
But it's easier to win in straights when you face weaker opponents. And depending on how you look at such facts, it can also mean Taisya is good at 3-setters, long tiring matches

I'm really looking forward to seeing how Vlada will do against stronger opposition - either in higher level G18s or in the strongest G14s. And I'm pretty sure she'll do well^

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But it's easier to win in straights when you face weaker opponents.
Caty McNally is a weak opponent
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Caty McNally is a weak opponent
But that was in the summer team event, which doesn't count for the rankings and in a player's singles career.

I was talking about the weak tournaments she played in Kyrgyzstan and Moldova were she pretty much was the only relevant youngster in the draw.

Of course the win over Caty was great and the scoreline impressive, but it was a single match, it could have been Caty having a bad day and Vlada having the day of her life. What I meant is that I'm looking forward to seeing if she can confirm this kind of results, and on a regular basis. And I think she will, because she's been accumulating so much confidence with all these matches won and she now really seems to be believing in her game and motivated to get to higher skies.

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But that was in the summer team event, which doesn't count for the rankings and in a player's singles career.

I was talking about the weak tournaments she played in Kyrgyzstan and Moldova were she pretty much was the only relevant youngster in the draw.
First of all, I'm speaking of her performance in general! Second, you didn't mention that early this year both Vlada and Taisya played Properties Christmas Cup and Governor Cup Of Belgorod where Vlada had better performance and won the later one!
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Second, you didn't mention that early this year both Vlada and Taisya played Properties Christmas Cup and Governor Cup Of Belgorod where Vlada had better performance and won the later one!
Yes, but these 2 cases were the only times where Vlada did better than Taisya, in a sea of stronger tournaments that Taisya played and won.

I don't know what you're trying to argue about though, since I've said that I was agreeing with you on the fact that Vlada had passed Taisya now, and that she had better potential imo. I'm just saying that I'm looking to see over it goes for her when she steps up to even bigger tournaments again, even though I'm confident she'll do well.

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Russian Tennis Tour will update its data for this month and Vlada will be ranked #1.
Still not updated!
http://www.rustennistur.com/players/22577
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