Written by: Viktoriya Kisialeva
***Viktoriya Kisialeva is a seventeen year old tennis player with big aspirations of becoming a successful WTA player. Born in Belarus, she began her tennis career there before her family moved to Toronto when Vika was 12 years old. After a short training period in Toronto, she made the decision with her parents that she would move back to her home country to continue her development there. After a successful junior career and a ranking of #84 on the Junior ITF Circuit, Vika now finds herself back in Toronto and training with new coach, Pierre Lamarche. Vika is ready to transition into the professional tour and looks to acquire her WTA ranking during her 3 tournament trip to Venezuela. Here is her view…***
As my tennis adventure continues in Venezuela, I unfortunately have to report that the second week did not fare as well as the first. In the first round main draw, I drew Elizabeth Ferris whom I beat the week before. This week however, I did not feel as good physically or mentally and nothing seemed to go my way. I lost 6-2, 6-3. I decided to focus on the doubles and my doubles partner, Anastasia Kharchenko, and I had a successful week by reaching the semifinals. In the quarterfinal, we played a really close match against opponents Akiki from Croatia and Koch-Benvenuto from Chile, 3-6, 7-5, 11-9. We were down a set and 2-5, 15-40 and just kept fighting and hoping that things would turn around. Point by point, we clawed our way out and ended up the victors. This was a situation which helped both of us gain good experience.
There was no time for rest because as soon as we finished playing doubles, the qualifying matches of the third tournament began. I went through the qualification and my first round main draw without a problem. In the second round, I played American Amanda McDowell and began well, leading 3-0 and 4-2. I gave up some valuable chances though and ended up losing the first set, 6-4 and the second, 6-2. My success in doubles continued into my third week and Anastasia and I reached the final, defeating a tough pair, Litvak and Mcdowell from the States, 3-6 7-6(4), 13-11. We did not have the same luck as the day before and lost 8-10 in the third set tiebreaker of the final.
My time in Venezuela passed by quickly and interestingly. I achieved my WTA ranking, raised my ranking in doubles, and met some nice people from different countries. Although my results were not as good as I had hoped, it was a good three weeks to grow as a tennis player and person. Playing tennis gives me joy and I look forward to my next set of tournaments.
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