Another of our young discoveries in 2023 is the lively Tatyana Prozorova (Boykova), who with incredible efforts pushed her way through the qualifying stones, where she played the final for almost four hours. And already in the first round of the US Open, a new test is the former world number one Caroline Wozniacki, who tries to return to the women’s circuit.
If Prozorova, whose path to the tennis Olympus is just beginning, occupies the distant 229th place in the WTA ranking, the monstrous Danish Karo is now 623rd in the world. But that meant nothing at all. Most recently, 43-year-old Venus Williams beat the Russians in Cincinnati and everything seemed very normal.
The first set started quite rigorously: the girls took their serves, not letting them doubt their abilities. Wozniacki showed with all his appearance that he was still in business, and for Prozorova any successful action was akin to universal happiness, although this was not written on her face.
Despite Wozniacki’s status and past achievements, the Russian was the favorite in this match. But Karo can still do a lot with experience, so as soon as Tatiana started making mistakes, the Dane quickly took advantage and won the first set 3:6.
After losing the first set, Prozorova called a medical timeout. What was the problem there is unknown, but thank God, the young Russian tennis player had the strength to reach the second set. Tatyana is not the type of person who just leaves the party. This was noticeable even during qualifying.
The problem of experience affected precisely when the young Russian often hid her shock combinations poorly and the former first racket in the world acted one step ahead, anticipating each subsequent rival. The whole problem, as always, resided in unforced errors.
By the time of the fourth game of the second game, Prozorova was about 30, while Caroline was only 14. And in this very game, which was probably the most beautiful and longest of the match, Tatiana lost. And then it was time for the young Russian to throw a racket onto the court, and also to go say something from the bottom of her heart to her team. The support group responded: “Tanya, you are great!” Tanya, of course, well done, but Caroline Wozniacki was noticeably stronger for 3:6, 2:6.
The 16-year-old Russian failed in the first set. Mirra pulled herself together and carried out the Australian race.