22YO Russian Tennis Beauty’s Whirlwind Romance Takes a Tantalizing Twist as She Says the Magic Word to Usher in a New Life

Published 09/24/2023, 2:43 PM EDT

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In the ultra-competitive world of tennis, where matches usually grab all the attention, there’s a heartwarming surprise that’s now getting the spotlight from fans everywhere. Anastasia Potapova, the 22-year-old Russian tennis sensation known for her powerful playing style, has shared some exciting news that’s not about tennis.

In a recent Instagram update, she shared some big news: she’s engaged to another Russian tennis player, Alexander Shevchenko. While they only started their relationship in January this year, they have already taken a huge step together.

Anastasia Potapova announces surprising news about her romantic life


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Anastasia Potapova, currently the 26th best tennis player globally, and Alexander Shevchenko, who ranks 86th (as of September 2023), are not just in the spotlight for their tennis talents but also for their budding romance. They’ve been together since January and have been giving fans a glimpse of their adventures on Instagram.

Recently, Anastasia Potapova made a sweet announcement on Instagram. She shared a photo of herself and her husband to be, Alexander Shevchenko, where she showed off her beautiful engagement ring. The caption was short but filled with love. It was 2 emojis, one of a heart and another of an infinity, showing just how much they care for each other. While this certainly points to a bustling off-court life, the two players haven’t had a bad season on their respective circuits.


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Potapova and her fiance’s current track record on the court


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Anastasia Potapova had a good year in 2023, with a record of 19 wins and 10 losses. She even won a title in Linz. Her latest match in Madrid, where she played against the 13th-ranked player in the world, Veronika Kudermetova, was an exciting affair. While she didn’t win the match, it showed her potential. And now, she has added another thing to her roster of success, a happy engagement.

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Alexander Shevchenko, on the other hand, is a lesser known challenger lever player who currently is at his best-ever ranking of 86. In 2023, he’s had an impressive season with 23 wins and 14 losses. He won two championships in the Tenerife 1 Challenger and the Madrid Challenger.


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As Anastasia Potapova and Alexander Shevchenko celebrate their engagement, tennis fans are eagerly looking forward to seeing how they perform in future matches. They’re not just a couple in love; they’re also teammates on the tennis court.

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Written by:

Ansh Tandon


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Ansh Tandon is a Tennis Writer at EssentiallySports. Ansh received his undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communication and has been working in content creation for 2+ years. Before Ansh stepped into sports journalism, he was a professional tennis player, honing his skills in national level tournaments for the past 12 years as an active AITA athlete.
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Tony Thomas