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Anastasia (Anastasiya) Pavlyuchenkova. Professional Tennis player

Great Russian women - Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, WTA tour, Grand Slam champion

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova

Anastasia (Anastasiya) Sergeyevna Pavlyuchenkova is a Russian professional tennis player and a multiple junior Grand Slam champion. She is also a highest-ranked teenager in the world. Pavlyuchenkova has her career -high rank of World No. 13, achieved on 4 July 2011.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova was born on 3 July 1991 in Samara, Russia. Her grandmother was in the Soviet national basketball team, a father in the national canoeing team, and a mother swam at a competitive level. She started playing at the age of 6. From July 2007 to September 2009 she was coached at the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy in France. Since then she has been coached by her brother Aleksandr Pavlyuchenkov.

Some of the highlights of her tennis career are as follows:

At the age of 15 Pavlyuchenkova won her first junior title at 2006 Australian Open by defeating Caroline Wozniacki. She then won the US Open junior title against Tamira Paszek and defended her Australian Open title in 2007, defeating Madison Brengle. Anastasia played for the Sacramento Capitals of the World Team Tennis league in the summer of 2006. She moved from 281st at the end of 2007 to 45th at the end of 2008, reaching two quarterfinals, as well as the third round of Wimbledon and the second round of both the French and US Opens. Pavlyuchenkova made her Top 100 debut on July 7 after Wimbledon, surging from No. 137 to No. 92. She made her top 50 debut and also won her first Tour doubles title.

In 2009, she finished the year 39th and reached her first Tour singles semifinal (Indian Wells), defeating No. 2 seed Jelena Jankovic in the process. She reached the third round at the French Open.

In March of 2010, she won her first Tour singles title (Monterrey) and reached the third round of Wimbledon again, falling to Caroline Wozniacki. Pavlyuchenkova won her second WTA Tour singles title at the 2010 Istanbul Cup by defeating Elena Vesnina in the final. At the 2010 US Open, Pavlyuchenkova posted her best Grand Slam result to-date, reaching the round of 16. There she lost to French Open champion Francesca Schiavone 6-3, 6-0.

In 2011 she reached the quarterfinals at the 2011 Australian Open, defended her title at the 2011 Monterrey Open, defeating Jelena Jankovic 2-6, 6-2, 6-3. She would reach the third round of the 2011 BNP Paribas Open, losing to 10th seed Shahar Peer. That was followed by a 4th round loss to 8th seed and eventual champion Victoria Azarenka in three sets at the 2011 Sony Ericsson Open in Miami. Pavlyuchenkova was the 14th seed at the 2011 French Open and reached her first ever Grand Slam quarterfinal, losing in three sets to #5 seed and defending champion Francesca Schiavone. At the 2011 Wimbledon Championships, Pavlyuchenkova was beaten in the second round 6-3, 6-3, by Nadia Petrova. Anastasia next played at the 2011 Baku Cup where she lost in the quarterfinals to Galina Voskoboeva 6-7, 6-3, 6-4;

After defeating Anna Tatishvili, Petra Martic and former world number one Jelena Jankovic at the 2011 US Open, Pavlyuchenkova advanced to her second grand slam quarter final of the year after a 5-7,6-3,6-4 victory over seventh seed Francesca Schiavone.

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