A 637 spot jump in WTA rankings – What’s next for Vicky Mboko?
Vicky Mboko (Burlington) recently reached the singles final of a Women’s ITF $25K tournament in Monastir, Tunisia! She narrowly lost in the final to the first seed – Lin Zhu, 28 from China by the score of 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.
Zhu is currently #106 on the WTA rankings. Mboko, who is still only 15, defeated the 3rd seed in the first round. She just entered the WTA rankings a few weeks ago at # 1460 and as of Monday May 9th, she made the biggest jump in WTA rankings by moving up 637 spots to #783 with only 4 tournaments.
To put the rankings in perspective, only one other 15 year old, Brenda Fruhvirtova of the Czech Republic [a tennis factory] has a better ranking #384 with 6 tournaments. Vicky has known the Fruhvirtova sisters, Linda, 17 WTA # 202 for a few years now having competed against them In Europe and even training with them in Canada.
ONcourt reached out to Vicky after her recent success and asked the following questions:
Vicky, now that you started playing on the Women’s tour, what are the differences you noticed?
Now that I have switched from juniors to the transition tour, there have been lots of differences I could pick apart between the two different age groups. I feel like the women are much more mature. In the juniors, you usually constantly see the same people at tournaments so everyone knows each other. But when I started playing women’s tournaments I didn’t know anyone so in every match, I will play a totally different player where I don’t know where they came from.
What is your schedule for the rest of the year?
Well, for the rest of the year I’m going to start playing many more tournaments in Canada such as the Granby Challenger and the National Bank Open in the summer. But obviously, regarding my age, I will not be able to play so many WTA tournaments so I will continue to play junior grand slams.
What do you love the most of your tennis life?
I just love to travel and compete since competing is what I loved to do the most when I was little. I just have fun on the court and since now transitioning to the women’s its really cool to get prize money playing the event.
We will see you at the Open in Toronto, keep it up – and put that money in the bank! 🙂
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