Baseline is looking ahead to the new year by showcasing 21 players under 21 to watch out for in '21. To make the coveted list, players must be born in 2000 or later.

Anastasia Potapova played her last tournament of the year in March due to COVID-19 and only played seven tournaments overall. But she's undoubtedly a player that is full of potential and has been labeled as someone to watch since she made her Grand Slam debut in 2017.


The 19-year-old defeated Ajla Tomljanovic and went toe-to-toe against Kiki Bertens in the quarterfinals of St. Petersburg in February. The following week, she would reach the quarters in Monterrey, falling short to Johanna Konta in three tight sets.

Ranking: No. 101
Age: 19 (March 30, 2001)
What she did in 2020: In just seven events played this year, she reached the quarterfinals in two**.


Skill Highlights: The talented teenager stays on top of the baseline and doesn't hesitate to go for her shots. She uses her forehand to dictate points and her backhand is far from a weakness.
Career Highlights: Potapova is a former world No. 1 junior, and she defeated Dayana Yastremska in the junior Wimbledon final back in 2016. She reached a career high WTA ranking of No. 64 just last year.