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How about a new thread for a promising young player to celebrate my awaited return from the dead in glorious style? :p

Arisha from Minsk turned 17 a couple weeks ago (born May 5, 1998), and she's been having a rather promising start to the year, making it twice to the quarters as a qualifier at 10K Antalya-Belconti in March, and reaching the SFs at 10K Heraklion a month ago - from the qualies as well. :yeah: She notably beat Kudermetova in straights (3 & 3) in A-B. :D (though I'm seeing that Nichka also was straighsetted by Kerimbayeva the week before... :spit: :help:)

So she has a WTA ranking now thanks to these results, she's at a CHR of 919 this week. :aparty:

I've been following her results for a few years now, it looks like she has a pleasant game and I was happy when I checked her results of these last two months, hope she keeps improving and can push for more in the 2nd part of the year! :hearts: :cheer:
 

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Belarusian cutie with a name ending in -enka. How can I not like her? :lol:
 

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:lol: :D

Actually -enka names are very common in Belarus, they're the Belarusian equivalent of -enko names in Ukraine (in Belarusian, the unstressed "o"s are automatically retranscripted as "a"s to fit with how they're actually pronounced, unlike in Russian and Ukrainian, for instance Govortsova in Belarusian is Havartsova) :p
 

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Yes, I know. :) These spelling peculiarities tend to confuse people ("Who the hell is Volha Havartsova?" :lol:). To make things even more confusing, the Belarusian spelling is Вольга Гаварцова, but since the г is pronounced like a voiced aspiration (like in Ukrainian) and not like a hard "gamma" (as in Russian), it's transliterated as an "h".

This g -> h phonetic shift has affected other Slavic languages as well, in which the "g" has actually been replaced with an "h" in writing. So for example, in Czech and Slovak, град (modern Russian: город) has become hrad. The meaning has changed as well ("town, city" -> "castle"), although the two concepts are obviously related since medieval towns were usually fortified (the original meaning of proto-Slavic *gordъ is "an area enclosed by a fence or a wall"). So Lucie Hradecká is called Градецкая in Russian (and if she were French, her name would be something like Lucie Châtelain :))

Sorry if my long-winded, off-topic ramblings are boring you. :lol: But it seems you've been studying Slavic languages :)yeah:), so I thought I might indulge a bit. :)
 

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:) No problem, it's interesting. I just love how odd Belarusian looks as compared to Russian, actually I'd say Belarusian and Ukrainian look closer to Polish than to Russian. I did know about the г peculiarity in both languages but I hadn't paid much attention to Czech. ;) Do you have a Slavic language as one of your mother tongues?
 

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I just love how odd Belarusian looks as compared to Russian, actually I'd say Belarusian and Ukrainian look closer to Polish than to Russian.
Well, they're not closer according to linguists, but from what I've seen there are indeed some features that set them apart from Russian. I'm no expert, but this Western Slavic influence can probably be traced back to the Early Modern era (16th-17th c.), when modern-day Belarus and most of modern-day Ukraine were part of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth and were subjected to a "Polonization" policy for a time.

Do you have a Slavic language as one of your mother tongues?
No. It all started when I developed an interest in World War II as a teenager, and as my curiosity for Russia's culture and history grew I decided I had to learn its language (same thing happened with Germany and Italy). In more recent years, the influx of Eastern European players on the WTA tour has motivated me to broaden my linguistic interests to include other Slavic languages as well (although I wouldn't claim to be fluent in any of them).
 

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Arysha received a MDWC at 25K Minsk next week! :D GL to her :hearts :cheer:
 

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Wow, Arisha beat Olga Ianchuk (#272, who defeated the top seed Anastasiya Vasylyeva in straights in R1), 6-4 3-6 6-4 :eek: Didn't expect her to win this match, big congrats! :worship: :bigclap: :D

QF vs. Lidziya Marozava (who is out of the Top 500, CHR of 497 "only") :cheer::cheer:
 

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Omg, she lost her QF match, 4-6 6-1 6-7(5) :sobbing: SO CLOSE... :hysteric:

I can really be arsed to check, but I wouldn't be surprised if she won more points than Lida overall. :tears:

Well, it's been an excellent week, hopefully she builds on this! :hug: :cheer:
 

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Arisha got another MDWC at the 2nd Minsk 25K this week, but was rather unfortunate to draw last week's finalist Ganna Poznikhirenko in R1, lost a close match to her, 4-6 6-3 4-6. :hug:

Pretty promising showing at 25K level these last two weeks, hope she drew experience from these matches and builds on this experience! :awww: :cheer:
 

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Arisha with my fave Sadaf Tolibova in Minsk a couple weeks ago :awww: :inlove:

 

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Belarus won the silver medal at U18 Summer Cup finals this week! :D

R1

(2)Belarus def. Netherlands 3-0
Iryna Shymanovich d. Liza Lebedzeva 7-6(9) 6-2
Vera Lapko d. Nina Kruijer 6-2 6-4
Aryna Sabalenka/Shymanovich d. Kruijer/Anastasiya Mulder-Syrovatskaia 6-2 6-2

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(2)Belarus def. (3)Czech Republic 2-0
Iryna Shymanovich d. Tereza Kolarova 7-5 6-2
Vera Lapko d. Miriam Kolodziejova 6-1 2-1 Ret

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Russia d. Belarus 3-0
Anna Kalinskaya d. Iryna Shymanovich 4-6 6-2 6-4
Anna Blinkova d. Vera Lapko 6-3 6-2
Kalinskaya/Pospelova d. Sabalenka/Shymanovich 7-5 4-6 10-5





 

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Aryna also played the U18 European Junior Championships two weeks ago.

She beat Nikolina Jovic 7-5 6-0 in R1, and fell to top seed and junior world #1 Marketa Vondrousova 2 & 3 in R2. :hug:
 

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Also, between Moscow and the European Champs, she played two 10Ks in Telavi.

The first week, she beat (Q)Mariam Bayatyan 2 & 0 in R1, and fell to (6)Tamara Zidansek, 4 & 4 in R2.
The week after, she beat (Q)Chaoyi Chen 3 & 3 in R1, and lost in R2 again, to (6)Tamara Curovic, 2-6 6-2 3-6.
 

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Arysha played 25K St-Petersburg this week. She fell in Q2 to Gyulnara Nazarova, 4 & 3, but still got in the MD as a LL. She lost in R1 to qualifier Evgeniya Levashova, 4 & 4. Levashova is a Top 30 junior player, the scoreline is pretty close. :)

 

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Arysha is playing 10K Antalya this week, she's the 8th seed, and she double-bagelled (LL)Nur Gulsan Bicen in R1, and beat Tina Tehrani 2 & 3 in R2 today! :D :yeah:

And she has a pretty good chance of making the SFs as she will face 19 yo Croat Ena Kajevic (who's never been in the Top 800 so far... but beat 4th seed Francesca Stephenson in R1 this week :eek:h:)... Davayyy! :cheer::cheer::cheer:
 
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