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Wimbledon 2019: Three rising women to watch out for

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With Wimbledon just around the corner, there are lots of stars who have started to realise their potential this year, and the Women's game feels particularly strong. Let's take a look at three players, who have the potential to go far not just at Wimbledon, but also in the wider Tennis world. 

Daria Kasatkina

22-year-old Daria hails from the city of Tolyatti in Russia. She started playing tennis aged just six, when her older brother, Aleksandr, convinced her parents to get her playing tennis. Aleksandr played tennis casually while her parents were also keen athletes with her father playing ice hockey and her mother a talented athletics star. in their spare time 

Daria rose as high as rank three when playing in the ITF Junior Circuits as a 14-year-old and since then has slowly progressed her way through to playing in Grand Slam tournaments. In 2018 she made it to the Quarter Finals of the French Open as well as at Wimbledon, where she was beaten by former world number one, Angelique Kerber. Daria will be hoping to go even further this time around and will enter the competition at rank 30.

In 2017, she won the Charleston Open and was the runner up against Naomi Osaka in the 2018 Indian Wells Open. 

Daria lists her favourite tennis player as Rafael Nadal.

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Aryna Sabalenka

Aryna is currently the world number 10, aged just 21. She comes from the Belarusian capital of Minsk and is well known for her powerful serve. Although sometimes mocked for her loud grunting, Aryna has done very well for herself, winning five major finals in her short tennis career.

She started playing tennis by chance, after passing a set of courts in the car with her father, they decided to try it out and her career began there. Aryna started training at The National Tennis Academy in Minsk in 2014 and in the space of five years, reached the world number nine spot earlier this year.

The tennis woman had a memorable match against world number one Naomi Osaka at the 2018 American Open, although losing to Osaka who went on to win the tournament, Aryna was the only player during the tournament to win a set against Osaka.

She only made it to the second round at Wimbledon in 2017 so will be aiming to improve this year.

 

Marketa Vondrousova 

Marketa is the youngest tennis player ranked within the top 20. She is at a career-high 16th and is only 19. 

The Czech teenager began playing at four years old and by the time she was 15 had moved by herself to Prague to continue training.

After recovering from an elbow injury in 2017, Marketa won 20 consecutive games which led to her reaching her first WTA singles finals in April 2017. She became the youngest player to enter the top 100 players and now hold the same record, this time for those who are currently the best 20 players in the world. 

Her most recent success involved reaching the final of the 2019 French Open just a few weeks ago. She beat the likes of Anastasjia Sevastova and British player Johanna Konta to reach the final, where she lost to Australian Ashleigh Barty.

Marketa has not got past the first round at Wimbledon in her two attempts so far, will she improve this year? You'd have to think so.

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