Singapore, BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore, 7 000 000 USD, hard, indoor: Red Group, Elina SVITOLINA (UKR) - Caroline WOZNIACKI (DEN) ?-?, Elina SVITOLINA (UKR) - Simona HALEP (ROU) ?-?, Elina SVITOLINA (UKR) - Caroline GARCIA (FRA) ?-?; Moscow, Russia, WTA Premier, VTB Kremlin Cup, 790 208 USD, hard, indoor: 1R, Daria KASATKINA (RUS) - Anastasia PAVLYUCHENKOVA (RUS) 7-6(2), 6-1, 2R: Katerina SINIAKOVA (CZE) 6-2 6-3, QF: Aliaksandra SOSNOVICH (BLR) 6-4 6-3, SF: Irina-Camelia BEGU (ROU) 6-2 6-3, F: Julia GOERGES (GER) 1-6 2-6; Moscow, Russia, ATP 250, VTB Kremlin Cup, 823 600 USD, hard, indoor: Doubles, 1R, Igor ZELENAY (SVK)/Jiri VESELY (CZE) - Thomas FABBIANO (ITA)/Dudi SELA (ISR) 6-1 7-6(5), QF: Max MIRNYI (BLR)/Philipp OSWALD (AUT) walkover; Doubles, 1R, Hans PODLIPNIK (CHI)/Andrei VASILEVSKI (BLR) - Ricardas BERANKIS (LTU)/Andreas SEPPI (ITA) 6-2 6-4, QF: Damir DZUMHUR (BIH)/Antonio SANCIC (CRO) 4-6 6-7(4); Cali, Colombia, ATP Challenger, Milo Open, 50 000 USD, clay, outdoor: 1R, Andrej MARTIN (SVK) - Maxime JANVIER (FRA) 2-6 6-4 6-3, 2R: Federico CORIA (ARG) 6-3 6-0, QF: Jaume MUNAR (ESP) 6-3 3-6 6-1, SF: Guilherme CLEZAR (BRA) 6-7(5) 3-6, Doubles, 1R, MARTIN/Jozef KOVALIK (SVK) - Franco AGAMENONE (ARG)/Fernando ROMBOLI (BRA) 4-6 6-3 7-10; Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, ITF Womens Circuit, Soho Square Egypt F29 Women's Future, 15 000 USD, hard, outdoor:, 1R, Tereza MIHALIKOVA (SVK) - Karolayne ALEXANDRE DA ROSA (BRA) 6-1 3-6 6-3, 2R: Jelena STAJANOVIC (AUS) 6-1 7-5, QF: Paulina JASTRZEBSKA (POL) 6-1 6-0, SF: Sandra SAMIR (EGY) 6-2 6-7(3) 4-6; Kuching, Malaysia, ITF Futures, ITF Men's Pro Circuit, 15 000 USD, hard, outdoor: 1R, Ken ONISHI (JPN) - Suraj PRABODH (IND) 3-6 4-6.

Singapore, BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore, 7 000 000 USD, hard, indoor: Red Group, Elina SVITOLINA (UKR) - Caroline WOZNIACKI (DEN) ?-?, Elina SVITOLINA (UKR) - Simona HALEP (ROU) ?-?, Elina SVITOLINA (UKR) - Caroline GARCIA (FRA) ?-?; Moscow, Russia, WTA Premier, VTB Kremlin Cup, 790 208 USD, hard, indoor: 1R, Daria KASATKINA (RUS) - Anastasia PAVLYUCHENKOVA (RUS) 7-6(2), 6-1, 2R: Katerina SINIAKOVA (CZE) 6-2 6-3, QF: Aliaksandra SOSNOVICH (BLR) 6-4 6-3, SF: Irina-Camelia BEGU (ROU) 6-2 6-3, F: Julia GOERGES (GER) 1-6 2-6; Moscow, Russia, ATP 250, VTB Kremlin Cup, 823 600 USD, hard, indoor: Doubles, 1R, Igor ZELENAY (SVK)/Jiri VESELY (CZE) - Thomas FABBIANO (ITA)/Dudi SELA (ISR) 6-1 7-6(5), QF: Max MIRNYI (BLR)/Philipp OSWALD (AUT) walkover; Doubles, 1R, Hans PODLIPNIK (CHI)/Andrei VASILEVSKI (BLR) - Ricardas BERANKIS (LTU)/Andreas SEPPI (ITA) 6-2 6-4, QF: Damir DZUMHUR (BIH)/Antonio SANCIC (CRO) 4-6 6-7(4); Cali, Colombia, ATP Challenger, Milo Open, 50 000 USD, clay, outdoor: 1R, Andrej MARTIN (SVK) - Maxime JANVIER (FRA) 2-6 6-4 6-3, 2R: Federico CORIA (ARG) 6-3 6-0, QF: Jaume MUNAR (ESP) 6-3 3-6 6-1, SF: Guilherme CLEZAR (BRA) 6-7(5) 3-6, Doubles, 1R, MARTIN/Jozef KOVALIK (SVK) - Franco AGAMENONE (ARG)/Fernando ROMBOLI (BRA) 4-6 6-3 7-10; Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, ITF Womens Circuit, Soho Square Egypt F29 Women's Future, 15 000 USD, hard, outdoor:, 1R, Tereza MIHALIKOVA (SVK) - Karolayne ALEXANDRE DA ROSA (BRA) 6-1 3-6 6-3, 2R: Jelena STAJANOVIC (AUS) 6-1 7-5, QF: Paulina JASTRZEBSKA (POL) 6-1 6-0, SF: Sandra SAMIR (EGY) 6-2 6-7(3) 4-6; Kuching, Malaysia, ITF Futures, ITF Men's Pro Circuit, 15 000 USD, hard, outdoor: 1R, Ken ONISHI (JPN) - Suraj PRABODH (IND) 3-6 4-6.

Sramkova from EMPIRE Tennis Academy playing first time in Fed Cup team: To play for your country takes more than a skill

It’s already known for some days that Rebecca Sramkova is a part of Slovak Fed Cup team for a match Italy – Slovakia. 1st round World Group II match will be held on clay in Forli, Italy from February 11th to 12th. For EMPIRE Tennis Academy member it is a debut in a Slovak national team.

"I expected my nomination since I finished last season as the Slovak number 4 in the rankings. I was basically told at the Australian Open 2017 about the nomination. When I qualified to the main draw I was pretty sure to be nominated at 100 percent. I was very pleased," says Rebecca Sramkova for www.empire-tennis-academy.com.

It’s a special occasion for a 20-years-old tennis player, who is now at her career highest position – WTA ranking No. 117. "To play for your country it’s a dream of each player. When I was a kid I used to go to the Fed Cup matches as a spectator. To play for the national team - as a tennis player or another athlete, it raises the greatest emotions. When I watched Fed Cup, every single ball left the impressions at me."

What is Rebecca Sramkova looking forward in Italy most? "It’s a team atmosphere. I can get lot of experience, as we will practise all the week long. For me it's something completely new. I'm not nervous but I feel responsibility. But I have nothing to lose, since it is my first Fed Cup tie," continues winner if five ITF circuit titles. She prepared also in Trnava before the Fed Cup tie.

"I practised with my father and sparring partners in recent days. Before leaving to Italy on Monday, I came to Trnava to practise with Daria Kasatkina, since she arrived from a tournament in Russia. I am happy to play with sparring partners from Trnava EMPIRE Tennis Academy, too," reveals Rebecca Sramkova. She knows Kasatkina very well.
"At the tournaments we normally speak together, we played against each other at the tournaments under 14 and 16 years and or at the European Championships. We have always good match against each other. I remember our match at the European Championships, I hardly won 7-5 in the third set. And then she suddenly exploded  high in the WTA rankings. It's incredible," added Rebecca Sramkova.
Kasatkina got to the WTA rankings 24 under the EMPIRE Tennis Academy head-coach Vladimir Platenik.

 

 

 

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Ivan Kopcani, www.empire-tennis-academy.com
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