There is no doubt that 2012 has been a spectacular year for Slava, and now she has capped it off by finishing the season with a career-high singles ranking of 25. “I was super happy to start my holidays with my career best ranking of 26 and now one week later I have made it to 25! I’m enjoying my holidays but I’m also excited to start working again to get ready for 2013 because I know there are more good things to come!”
Slava started 2012 ranked 206 in singles after a tough 2011 season that included a knee surgery and many other challenges, but supported by her new team, Slava worked hard to climb back up the rankings. The results of the dedication started to show in March, when Slava reached the finals of an ITF tournament in Irapuato and won the ITF tournament the next week in Poza Rica. Then came the headline-making run from qualifying to the quarterfinals at Roland Garros, which would allow her to climb high enough in the rankings to qualify to compete in singles at the Olympics. More history came at Wimbledon with the Golden Set against top 10 player and Roland Garros finalist, Sara Errani, and a 3-set battle against Serena Williams in the 4th round. Slava’s steady improvement continued for the remainder of the year allowing her to finish the season with her best ever ranking.
After barely making the cut for qualifying and then losing 9-11 in her first match at the 2012 Australian Open, thanks to her hard work and great results throughout the year, Slava will return to the Australian Open in 2013 as a seeded player in the main draw! Big congratulations to Slava and all her team!