This girl seems really good, and like she's improving super fast! I really noticed her a month ago because she made the SFs at U14 Junior Orange Bowl and nearly beat my girl Anastasia Potapova (who was the best world U14 player by a mile last year), actually had MPs against her and almost prevented her from making the U14 Eddie Herr + Jr Orange Bowl double!
Iga was born on May 31, 2001. She comes from Warsaw, lives in Raszyn.
Last year she won 2 G14s: Intime HEAD Junior Open in the Nederlands (on indoor hard) & Opalenica Cup in Poland (on clay); and she won a G16 on clay in Poland: Zabrze Cup. She didn't drop a single set on her way to these 3 wins.
She made the QFs of the U14 European Junior Championships in Czech Rep on clay last July. She was the 10th seed there and she beat good players in Leonie Kung in R2 and Selma Cadar in R3, before being thrashed by the top seed Olesya Pervushina (who made the final in the end) in QF, 1 & 0.
At Eddie Herr, she lost in R2 to Abigail Forbes, 7-5 2-6 2-6.
But then as I mentioned in the beginning of the post, she had an amazing run 2 weeks later at the Junior Orange Bowl, with notable thrashings of Nicole Conard (2 & 1) in R3, Dalila Said (2 & 2) in R4 and Anna Brylin in QF (2 & 4), before folding in SF against the eventual champion Anastasia Potapova having MPs against her, 2-6 6-3 6-7(6).
Iga started her 2015 playing G4 Magnolia Cup in Poland. She was given a MDWC and got a good win in R1 over (3)Daniela Vukovic (#283), 6-2 7-5.
Sadly she fell rather heavily to Csenge Furak in R2, 0 & 3.
Furak reached the SFs afterwards. Iga already lost to Furak last September in the SF of a G16 in Poland, in straights too.
This week, Iga is playing the prestigious U14 tournament of Les Petits As de Tarbes in France. She's the 2nd seed there and she's through to the QFs after she beat Paula Joukanen 1 & 0 in R1, Hurricane Tyra Black 2-6 6-4 6-2 in R2 (great fight against a very dangerous unseeded and looming opponent
), and Sofiya Babych 2 & 3 in R3.
She will face unseeded Helene Pellicano (who is a year younger) in QF tomorrow, good luck Iga!
Potapova is through to the QFs too, as the top seed. I'm hoping for a Nastya-Iga crazy final