Anastasia Sergeyevna Pavlyuchenkova
() (pronounced: anas-ta-SIA pav-lu-CHEN-kova) (born 3 July 1991) is a Russian
professional tennis player and a multiple junior Grand Slam
champion. Her current and career-high rank of World No. 13 was achieved on 4 July 2011. 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.
Born in Samara, Russia
, then part of the Soviet Union in its final months, Pavlyuchenkova first made headlines by winning the 2006 Australian Open
junior title 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.
Her success in juniors enabled her to enter ITF
tournaments, winning a small ITF tournament in Italy in May 2006. In October 2006 Pavlyuchenkova received a wild card into the Kremlin Cup
and lost in the first round to rising Czech Nicole Vaidišová
6–3 6–3. She then barely missed out on qualifying for the main draw of the 2007 Australian Open
, losing to Julia Vakulenko
in the final round of qualifying.
Pavlyuchenkova then received a wild card into Wimbledon
in 2007, but was beaten by tenth seed Daniela Hantuchová
6–0 6–1 in just forty minutes, winning only fourteen points. In 2008, she... Read More