All You Need to Know About Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova

Published 06/10/2021, 4:59 AM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 8, 2021 Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in action during her quarter final match against Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina REUTERS/Benoit Tessier


Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova has earned quite a big name after her brilliant show at the French Open 2021. Her clinical performances in Paris have helped her to seal her first-ever semi-final slot in Grand Slams.

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Born in Samara, Russia, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova started playing tennis at the age of six. She has had quite a few athletes in her family as her grandmother was a professional basketball player, her father was a rower, and her mother was a swimmer. Interestingly, her brother, Alexander, also played professional tennis for some time.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 4, 2021. Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in action during her third-round match against Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Pavlyuchenkova won two junior Grand Slams titles and even became the junior World No.1 player in January 2006 at the age of 14. After turning professional, the Russian achieved her highest WTA ranking (No.13) in July 2011. She has been there on the list of top 50 WTA players since 2008 and is currently World No.32 in the rankings.

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Intriguingly, Pavlyuchenkova participated in 48 consecutive Grand Slams between the 2008 French Open to the 2020 Australian Open. This proves that even though she lacks consistency, she is up to the mark when it comes to her physical fitness.

Titles won by Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova on tour

So far, Pavlyuchenkova has won twelve singles titles and five doubles titles on tour. In addition, the 29-year-old also has five singles titles and eight doubles titles on the ITF circuit.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 4, 2021. Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in action during her third-round match against Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

The two of the biggest titles that she has won are the 2014 OPEN GDF Suez and the 2014 Kremlin Cup. However, if she succeeds at the French Open 2021, it’ll certainly be the biggest accomplishment of her career.

As of now, the Russian player has caused some huge upsets at Roland Garros 2021. She defeated third-seeded Aryna Sabalenka in the third round and battled past Victoria Azarenka in the fourth round of the tournament. In the quarters, she made a brilliant comeback against Elena Rybakina, who had thrashed Serena Williams in the fourth round.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova will next face Tamara Zidansek in the semis of the French Open 2021 today. Zidansek has also played well and can give some tough competition to the Russian player. Will Pavlyuchenkova be able to win her first major in Paris this year?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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