Victoria Jiménez Kasintseva, the Andorran player that shocked the tennis world last January by becoming the youngest ever Australian Open junior Champion, at 14 years old, has just reached another milestone: from today, she is the new world number 1 junior (under 18), an achievement that comes the same week she will be making her professional debut at the Amiens W15+H, France.
Born in Andorra, Vicky almost became the youngest ever to reach the top: at the age of 14 years, 7 months and one day, she is only behind the American Coco Gauff, who reached the number 1 in 2018, 3 months less than Vicky.
“To be the world number 1 was a dream, but not a goal. My goal is to be happy playing tennis, improving every day without putting pressure on myself but setting no limits. I will continue to work hard and believing in myself, as always. This week marks the start of my professional career and I am really excited about what is to come”, Vicky said.
Enric Molina, Tennium partner and Vicky’s agent, added: “We are very happy to see Vicky’s progress and all of her amazing achievements at such young age. Vicky has incredible talent and skills that indicates great potential but it is still a long way ahead as the journey is just starting. We are most proud to be part of her team and along his family and staff guide her career into professionalism so she can reach all of her goals and dreams”.
The mighty lefty with impressive athleticism for her age (180 cm tall), Jimenez Kasintseva trains in Sitges with her father Joan Jimenez and is also coached by Jordi Arrese, speaks fluent Spanish, Catalan, French, English and Russian (her mother is Russian), admires Rafael Nadal and Petra Kvitova, and, just like them, sets high expectations: “The Australian Open was my first major title, but there are other three for me still to try to win in 2020”. And the next one comes will be in her favorite surface: Roland Garros, on clay.