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Wednesday, 05 October 2022


Must-see in Ukraine > Teen Ukrainian Tennis Player Wins International Tennis Federation Tournament

Valentyna Ivakhnenko, 18, won the International Tennis Federation tournament held in Moscow on August 1-7, 2011. Her victory became a significant achievement for Ivakhnenko securing her a spot in the TOP 300 tennis players in the world according to the WTA rating.

Valentyna Ivakhnenko also won the doubles playing with her partner Kateryna Kozlova at the competition that just finished in Moscow. Previously, Ivakhnenko was the winner of four single and double ITF tournaments having performed as a professional tennis player since 2007.

Overall, there have been five Ukrainian tennis players who participated in the tournament in Moscow: Valentyna Ivakhnenko, Veronika Kapshai, Kateryna Kozlova, Oksana Lyubtsova, and Olena Sotnikova. In the course of her career a 26 year old Oksana Lyubtsova managed to make it to number 149 out of the TOP 300 tennis players in the world according to the WTA rating, at this point she holds the 302nd position.

The prize money of the ITF competition in Moscow amounted to USD 25,000.

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) is the organizing body of world tennis; it consists of 205 national tennis associations. The Federation was established in Paris, France on March 1, 1913. By 1924 the ITF became a recognized organization holding the authority to control lawn tennis all over the globe.

Currently, 10 Ukrainian tennis players are in the TOP 300 WTA singles ranking: Kateryna Bondarenko (67), Alona Bondarenko (126), Lesia Tsurenko (133), Mariya Koryttseva (142), Tetiana Luzhanska (146), Olga Savchuk (148), Yuliya Beygelzimer (155), Tetyana Arefyeva (269), Irina Buryachok (272), and Veronika Kapshay (273).

The WTA rankings are based on a 52-week long cumulative system. The results at a maximum of 16 tournaments for singles and 11 for doubles determine a player’s ranking. To appear on the WTA rankings, a player must earn ranking points in at least 3 tournaments. The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) is a US-based principal governing body of Women's Professional Tennis. It was founded in 1973.

According to Official Web site of the International Tennis Federation