Will turn 22 on
What she’s done since last summer
- Reached the third round of the Australian Open
- Made first WTA 1000 quarterfinals in Dubai
- Scored wins over Belinda Bencic and Madison Keys
- Potapova earned her first Top 5 win at the 2019 French Open over Angelique Kerber
If the 21 and Unders had their own clubhouse, Anastasia Potapova would absolutely be on the activities committee. The Russian spent her pre-season in Dubai, and successfully corralled fellow youngsters Bianca Andreescu and Marta Kostyuk into all kinds of shenanigans.
“We had an idea that was just, ‘Pre-season, but make it fun,’” she told TENNIS.com in Australia. “We would have a day off every Sunday, and so we went to a water park, did some jet skiing, visited the Burj Khalifa. We did all we could to mix up our training with some fun moments because otherwise all of the work would have driven us both crazy!”
Potapova’s pre-season bubble was a far cry from her quarantine, which went from bad to worse when a trip down the stairs caused a catastrophic ankle injury. The torn ligament not only required surgery but also kept her from returning to action until 2021.