Focusing on Game , not rankings : Potapova
Tashkent , September 25 : " I'm trying to focus on improving my game and not on my rankings ", said former World No 1 . junior Anastasia Potopova while speaking to the Tashkent Media Team
The 17 year old Russian who is creating waves on the WTA tour upset fourth seeded and 73 ranked Stefanie Voegele to move into the second round of singles and then combined with country mate Margarita Gasparyan to move into the quarterfinals of the doubles here.
Potapova who played her second WTA main draw match this year at the St. Petersburg falling to Caroline Wozniacki easily , she reached her first professional clay final in Rome losing to Dayana Yastremska . Entering the Moscow River Cup as a wildcard , Potapova defeated two top-100 players and came out of nowhere to make her maiden WTA final faltering at the last hurdle going down to fellow 17-year-old Olga Danilović thus managing to make her top-150 debut .
It's a tough journey for one to move from juniors to seniors , I think the entire focus that my team has is to improve my game , rather than running after points , she said
When asked on how she is focused on the game when other children age are having fun , the young Potapova said " My family and team help me a lot , my grandmother and my mother Julia and my coach keep me focused on the game and they keep pushing me .
I'm really happy that my coach Irina is currently travelling with me " Kind as a mom and tough as a coach " , this has helped me to reach where I'm , sometimes it's difficult to take important decisions but she helps me , it helps to keep me balanced .
On managing her studies and Tennis Potapova said " I have no choice I have to study , I carry my books on the tour and try and make use of my time to keep up with the studies , sometimes I have my teachers helping me on Skype to help me understand and complete assignments . I love to study and will continue to study , she said smiling
When questioned about her outlook on her future the 17 year old Russian said " I want to be the best on the WTA tour . I'm so happy to compete on the higher level , I did my best and hope to be regular in the tour and keep Competing at higher level events in the coming months" .Asked on her impressions of the Tashkent Open , she said " It's my first time here and I'm loving it and the organization And I hope to stay here for longer time winning my matches "
Age:17 (30 Mar 2001)
Birth Place:Saratov, Russia
Plays:Right Handed (Double Handed Backhand)
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