A number of beautiful tennis stars hail from Mother Russia, including Maria Kirilenko, Anna Kournikova, Elena Dementieva, and Maria Sharapova. Now meet Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 21, a rising star who is currently ranked World No. 19 in Women’s Singles.
Born in Samara, Russia, Anastasia comes from athletic stock. Her father was a champion canoeist who would have competed in the Olympics if it weren’t for the strike between the United States and the USSR. Anastasia’s mother was a competitive swimmer, and her grandmother played basketball.
Pavlyuchenkova began playing tennis at age six, and turned pro in May 2006. Since then, the talented player has earned 4 WTA and 5 ITF Singles titles, as well as 3 WTA and 8 ITF Doubles titles. In July 2011, Anastasia achieved her highest career ranking of World No. 13 in Women’s Singles. The athlete’s pro career earnings so far total just over $3 million.
Pavlyuchenkova recently won her fourth WTA title at the Monterrey Open and will team up in Moscow with Maria Kirilenko, Ekaterina Makarova, and Elena Vesnina for this weekend's World Group semifinal against Slovakia. Anastasia has enlisted the help of five-time Grand Slam champion Martina Hingis to prepare for the match and improve her game.
According to WTA Tennis, Anastasia speaks Russian, English, and French and has a weakness for karaoke, dancing, and hip hop.
Check out Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova’s official site for up-to-date information about Russia’s rising tennis champion.
Photos: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova Official Site