A former junior world number 1 Anastasia Potapova has been one of the most promising players born in 2001, winning the junior Wimbledon crown at the age of 15 and the first pro title just before turning 16 in 2017. Anastasia has opened 2018 season outside the Top 240 but she made a great progress so far, losing three ITF finals (one smaller before big ones in Khimki and Rome) before advancing into her first WTA final at home in an inaugural Moscow International on clay in July.
She was beaten by Olga Danilovic, another super talented player born in 2001 after a great battle and she managed to play in another final in Tashkent in the last week of September, winning six matches before falling to Margarita Gasparyan after winning just three games.
After taking a well-deserved rest, the 17-year-old will have a chance to compete for more WTA wins at home in Moscow, receiving a wild card for the Kremlin Cup that will be her fifth WTA tournament in a career. A year ago, Anastasia had lost in the first qualifying round in Moscow but she will now chase a deep run as a Top 100 player, hoping to finish the season on the highest possible position in the rankings.
The youngster will have to play on her best from the very first round in such a strong field that contains Simona Halep, Karolina Pliskova, Sloane Stephens, Daria Kasatkina (they had a chance to train together), Aryna Sabalenka and more solid players from the Top 30.