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Ksenia Pervak


Ksenia Pervak
(Russia) Biography

Birthdate: 27-May-1991
Birthplace: Chelyabinsk, Russia
Height: 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Plays: Left-Handed
Turned Pro: 2005

Ksenia Pervak is a determined young lady, she knows where she is going and her goal is to get there. She wants to be the best player in the world, and a Russian fashion icon.

She has told the world if she had not been a tennis player she would probably have been a singer and she already knows how to handle herself as a celebrity. She has the backing of Superstar Management Company which was formed by the former world class athlete Barry Mezey in 2007. They handle her press releases, issue her results and deal with her sponsors; Fila, Red Chapter Clothing by Mark Palmer and Wilson.

Born in Chelyabinsk, Russia on 27th May 1991 she started playing tennis when she was 8 years old three days a week, just for fun. She started playing junior tournaments and when she proved she was the best in her age group she decided to take tennis more seriously.

When she was 10-years-old the family moved to Moscow because the level of coaches and players to practise with was better there and she is now coached by Viktor Pavlov.

In 2009 she won the Australian Open Junior Grand Slam girls singles, beating Britain's Laura Robson which she said is the best memory in her short tennis career.

The same year she reached the 2nd round of the Pattaya Women's Open but lost to 2nd seed Caroline Wozniacki.

Pervak lost four months of competitive tennis in 2009 when she had to have surgery for a hernia in her groin. Because of the operation and the subsequent recuperation period she only had 3 days practice for her first junior tournament in 2010 but she still reached the semi-finals.

She also decided it would be her last junior event as she wanted to focus on the WTA women's tour. She played again in the Pattaya City Open but lost to Vera Zvonareva.

She won through to qualify for the main draw of the French Open but Maria Sharapova in the first round who proved too strong for the Russian teenager and she had to retire from her first WTA semi-final in the Banka Koper, Slovenia.

She came back and played in the Guangzhou International Women's Open where she beat the number 2 seed Yung-Jan in the first round and went on to reach the quarter finals beating fellow Russian Alexandra Panova on the way.

Ksenia Pervak started 2011 well by beating Anna Chakvetadze in the first round of the Brisbane International but lost in the next round to Petra Kvitova.

In the Australian Open she lost to number 13 seed Nadia Petrova in the first round.

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