April 19, 2024

Open Court

MORE TENNIS THAN YOU'LL EVER NEED

ROME, ITALY – This wasn’t Katherine Sebov’s first trip to Rome.

Except the previous one was to Rome … Georgia for an ITF tournament.

She’s ranked highly enough to get into the big events now. And so with the expanded 96 draw in Rome, the 24-year-old was able to squeeze into the qualifying at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia.

And she didn’t get a bad draw, either – an unseeded 19-year-old from Russia with a well-known last name, ranked right about the same.

But Polina Kudermetova has game – not to the level of sister Veronika (she doesn’t even look like her). But she’s a hard-hitting baseliner who is capable of firing off winners when she’s playing well.

That’s what Sebov faced Monday at the Foro Italico. And she came out on the short end of a 6-4, 6-3 win by Kudermetova that puts the Russian into the final round of qualifying.

It was 6-4, 5-2 when Sebov broke Kudermetova as she tried to serve it out. But in the end, that was only a reprieve.

Here’s what it looked like.

Next up is a WTA 125 in Paris, during the second week of Rome.

And then her debut at Roland Garros, in the qualifying.

A year ago, Sebov was playing $25K ITFs. She’s on a much better itinerary these days (and wore a super-cute kit for the occasion Monday).

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