14-year-old Ksenia Efremova enters WTA charts. Is there anyone younger?

Ksenia Efremova claimed the title at her second professional tournament

by Jovica Ilic
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14-year-old Ksenia Efremova enters WTA charts. Is there anyone younger?
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The 14-year-old Ksenia Efremova has entered the WTA ranking list this week, becoming the youngest player with the professional ranking! A super talented player born in April 2009 passed her coeval Hannah Klugman and will stand as the only 14-year-old player on the WTA ranking list when the Briton turns 15 in February.

Ksenia made a thrilling enclosure to 2023, lifting her first professional title in Monastir and writing history. The French player toppled seven rivals in straight sets, becoming the youngest ITF World Tennis Tour champion since 2003!

Ksenia ended her first Monastir campaign with a quarter-final run as a qualifier, gathering experience and chasing the title a month later. Efremova sailed into the main draw with two dominant displays in the qualifying rounds.

The young faced the 5th seed Tilwith Di Girolami in the first round and scored a dominant 6-4, 6-2 victory in an hour and 32 minutes.

Ksenia Efremova has entered the WTA rankings list at 14.

Efremova saved six out of nine break points and broke her rival six times from 11 chances, controlling the scoreboard and sealing the deal with a fine performance in set number two.

The 14-year-old met Selina Atay in the second round and grabbed a 6-4, 6-3 win, moving into her second professional quarter-final from as many tournaments. Ksenia lost serve three times and erased the deficit with a rock-solid performance on the return, stealing the opponent's serve six times from seven chances.

Efremova faced the top seed Adithya Karunaratne in the last eight and earned a 7-6, 6-2 win in just under two hours. Thus, a teenager reached her first professional semi-final at 14. Ksenia denied four out of six break points, prevailing in the opener and keeping the pressure on the other side.

Ksenia Efremova© X - Ksenia Efremova

The French player grabbed four breaks, failing to serve out for the opener at 6-5 but doing everything right since the tie break. The 4th seed Milana Zhabrailova stood between Efremova and her first professional final, and the young gun stood strong in a 6-4 6-0 win.

Ksenia lost serve once and delivered five breaks that kept her safe, especially in the second set. Efremova battled against Selina Dal in the final and scored an impressive 7-6, 6-0 victory in an hour and 40 minutes, celebrating her first professional title at 14!

Ksenia turned 57% of the return points into six breaks from 13 chances. She trailed 4-1 and 5-3 in the opener, erasing the deficit and storming over her rival in the second set for her fourth bagel of the week. Efremova will make her Major debut at the Australian Open, earning a wild card for the junior main draw.

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