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07.10.2018 15:49:00 Weekly academy digest from head coach

Alexander Zlatoustov, Head coach

Greetings from the Alexander Ostrovsky Academy!

We hope that the weekend gave you more positive emotions and drive than rainy days!

Anastasia Potapova lost at the WTA International Tashkent Open finals (with a prize fund of $ 250,000) to Margarita Gasparyan - 2/6, 1/6. But the second single final at the WTA International tournaments is also a great achievement for the 17th y.o tennis player who is competing with professionals only for the second year. And we believe that the first victory at the WTA Tournament of the leading student of the Academy will be soon. Good luck, Anastasia!


However, one significant event in the professional career of Anastasia Potapova has already come true: Nastya broke into the TOP-100 of the WTA Rankings (version of 10/01/2018) by performance in Uzbekistan, she‘s became the №93 WTA Rankings. In the Porsche Race Singles she is on the 86th rank.
The team of Anastasia Postposa has decided not to go to the WTA International Upper Austria Ladies Linz for an objective reason.

"During the tournament in Uzbekistan I told Irina Doronina (personal coach) that if I get to the final here, you will most likely have to withdraw. I decided not to go to the tournament in Linz for my recovery and health. After such a performance in Tashkent, it’s necessary to relax a little. Moreover, in Linz, I would also have to start with qualifications", - Nastya noted in an exclusive interview with the Academy’s media office.


The Olympic tennis champion in doubles 2016 (along with Ekaterina Makarova), former №1 WTA Rankings in doubles Elena Vesnina announced her pregnancy on her Instagram page by posting a photo with a noticeable rounded tummy.


Elena Vesnina is a frequent guest of the Academy and often she prepares for the clay season on our courts...

From the world tennis news let’s move on to the achievements of our students.


Daria Shadchneva won at the RTT tournament in the Krasnodar region "Autumn Championship" U14. In the final Dasha defeated Ekaterina Bukova from Sevastopol - 6/1, 6/3.


Darya Koreshkova became a winner of the RTT tournament. The "Moscow Tennis Academy Cup" - 5 in the category of 9-10 years. In the title match on Friday the first seeded Dasha met with the Emina Muratovich and won - 4/2, 2/4, 4/0.

Sofya Zueva finished 2-nd at the tournament RTT "Championship of city district Istra" U16. In the final the third-seeded Sofia lost against Evdokia Popova (4).

This week our students Arthur Kukasyan and Alexander Krylov took place at ITF Grade 5 Ugra Open tournament in Khanty-Mansiysk. Arthur performed more successfully, reaching the quarterfinals alone and playing against Bogdan Seleznev in the semi final.


The "Avant-Guard" program students Ilya Maltsev, Maxim Vlasov and Pavel Skvortsov, who joined them on Tuesday, attended the weekly training camp of the Russian team (born in 2006–2007), which were held at the NTC of J.A. Samaranch. It was a review of candidates for the main national team 12&U for 2019.

What will the next week prepare for us:

- Anastasia Potapova will continue preparations for the XXIX International Tennis Tournament "VTB Kremlin Cup" on the courts of the Academy;

- Maxim Goncharov and Kuzma Gomzyakov will perform at the RTT "Championship of Odintsovo for prizes of the shopping center Grand Tennis" U14;

- Testing of students from the Academy for the "Avant-Guard”, especially for Ilya Maltsev will be finished.

Good luck to everyone and have a good week!

Best wishes,The team of the Academy.

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