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‘I’m ready to play ITF events if need be!’ – Pavlyuchenkova on returning from six months out

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova has a tough task facing her in 2023 but she’s ready to deal with it

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Billie Jean King Cup 2021 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Billie Jean King Cup 2021 – © AI / Reuters / Panoramic

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova knows it’ll be difficult to start gaining points and getting her ranking up again after so long away from the tour – but she has a plan.

The Russian took time out to rest a knee injury, but will have zero points to defend following the 2023 Australian Open.

“The Australian Open is the last tournament where I have some points left,” she tells Alize Lim in the latest edition of Major Talk.

“It’s exciting. It’s something new after over 15 years on Tour.”

And when Lim asked her if she would play ITF-level tournaments, she answered: “Yeah, if I have to, no problem.”

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