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29.09.2018 12:17:00 Weekly academy digest from head coach

Alexander Zlatoustov, Head coach

Greetings from the Alexander Ostrovsky Academy!

Hope that cold and autumn weather didn’t spoil your weekend!

Want to start with the achievement of the leading student of our academy Anastasia Potapova who played in her second consecutive single final of the tournament of the WTA Tour at the Tashkent Open (International, $250 000). In the title match, Anastasia met with the former 41st WTA Rankings compatriot Margarita Gasparyan.


It should be noted that on the way to the final in the 2nd round Nastya took a rematch - 6/3, 6/3 during the match against Olga Danilovic for the defeat on the the WTA International tournament "MOSCOW RIVER CUP presented by INGRAD" - 5/7, 7/6 (1), 4/6.

A successful performance in Uzbekistan means that in the new version of the WTA Rankings that will be published on Monday, October 1st Anastasia Potapova will enter the TOP-100 for the first time in her career.

Last Sunday, on September 23, the St. Petersburg Open-2018 tournament, the XXIII draw ended. For the first time, the winner was an Dominic Thiem from Austria. In the final he defeated Martin Klizan (Slovakia) 6/3, 6/1. This title became the 11th in Tim’s career and the first that he won on hard. Congratulations to the austrian tennis player!


At the United Center in Chicago, the second Laver Cup was held at the end of the last week. And the winner again, like a year ago, was the Team Europe, who defeated Team World 13-8. For the Team Europe, among others, the strongest tennis players of the world were performing: the Swiss Roger Federer and the Serb Novak Djokovic, who played in pairs in one of the matches. They played very well, although they lost on the championship tie-break.


Let’s talk directly about our students and the academy life...

The performance of our students at the RTT tournament "The Championship of the Southeastern District of Moscow for the HEAD Awards" was brilliant. Pavel Skvortsov won the title in the category of 9-10 years defeated in final Philip Dolotov - 4/1, 4/2. In the finale in the category of up to 13 years among boys Kuzma Gomzyakov won a strong-willed victory over Maxim Vlasov - 5/7, 7/6 (5), 7/5. The match lasted about 2 hours and 38 minutes! In the same age category among girls, Albina Fedulova, 3rd seeded, became a bronze medalist, won the match against Daria Antropova - 6/1, 6/2.


Maxim Dontsov and Veronika Solovyova unsuccessfully performed in singles at the ITF Grade 5 Autumn Cup 2, but succeeded in doubles, especially Veronica, who reached the final together with Taisia ​​Slyusarenko. Maxim finished the performance at the semifinal stage, where he performed together with the two-time winner in singles of the TE1 O1 Properties Christmas Cup (2007, 2018) Mikhail Gorokhov.


Alina Kostina won RTT tournament Grade IV A U14 in Penza. In the final she defeated Sofya Kichaeva from Saratov – 6/1, 6/4.

We completely photographed the material for DartFish of the students of the Avant-Guard program and others.

About changes in the coaching staff: Vitaly Kachanovsky is leaving the academy. We wish him a success in his new job! So the vacancy of the coach-sparring in our Academy is opened now.

What will be in the next week:

Anastasia Potapova will go to Austria on October 4th to participate in the qualification of WTA Upper Austria Ladies Linz (October 08-14) with a prize fund of $250,000;

- The Avant-Guard program student, Ilya Maltsev came back from holidays. Together with another Avant-Guard student, Maxim Vlasov, will go to the sport training of the team Russia (born in 2006-2007), which will be held on the courts of the H. A. Samaranch. This will be a preview of candidates for the main team Russia 12&U for 2019. One day, the personal coach of Maxim Vlasov, Alexander Spirin will come to visit him;

All other coaches will continue to work in the Academy;

On the first week of October Artur Kukasian and Alexander Krylov will go to Khanty-Mansiysk to participate in ITF Grade 5 Ugra Open;

- The fitness testing of the students will be finished. Now testing is already done by 70%;

Best wishes and good luck to everyone on this week!

See you soon!

The team of the academy

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