Valentina Starkova, a senior tennis player, continues the week for the Mean Green in February's Get To Know Your Mean Green Student-Athlete. Click on the video to meet Valentina.
The North Texas tennis team has started the spring season with a record of 5-2. Valentina and the team face 20th-ranked TCU today at home at 2 p.m.
Was a member of the 2012 Sun Belt Championship Team ... Held a 5-1 record against Sun Belt opponents ... Defeated Marie-Pier Huet from No. 25 Oklahoma ... Completed the tournament season with an 8-7 singles record ... Compiled a 7-4 doubles record with Kseniya Bardabush ... Began the season partnered with Barbora Vykydalova defeating No.57 Federica Denti/Kelsey Sundaram from No. 44 TCU... Won her flight at the North Texas Classic with a 3-0 record ... Fell in the second round of USTA/ITA Texas Regionals to Noel Scott of Texas in three sets, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1.
As a sophomore, Starkova assembled a 14-10 record for Arkansas including a 4-2 spring singles record ... Started her 2011 spring campaign with a win over North Texas' Barbora Vykydalova, 6-4, 6-2 and went on to claim victories over players from nationally ranked Utah and Texas Tech ... Won her final match as a Razorback when she defeated Auburn's Taylor Cohen 6-1, 6-3 ... Finished the fall with a 10-8 record that included a victory over North Texas' Paula Dinuta at the Sooner Invitational 6-2, 6-3 ... Eight of her 10 fall victories came in straight sets ... Lost a heartbreaker to the eventual 50th ranked Petra Niedermayerova 6-4, 1-6, 10-6 at the Wilson/ITA Central Regional Championships ... Racked up a 13-10 record from the No. 3 doubles position, playing all but one match with Jade Frampton ... The pair owns victories over eight duos from ranked teams and collected a 6-3 record in SEC play ... They went 1-1 in the 2011 NCAA Tournament, defeating the No. 3 team from No. 47 Sacramento State 9-7 ... Defeated the North Texas pairing of Amy Joubert and Paula Dinuta to open 2011 spring season, 8-0.
Finished the fall with an 8-5 record, which included a win in her flight at the SEC Fall Coaches Classic to open fall competition in September ... Defeated Auburn's Heather Bybee 6-3, 6-4 after picking up her first two career wins in the opening rounds of the tournament ... Earned a victory in the first round of competition at the Wilson/ITA Central Region Championships, 6-3, 6-4 over SIU's Melanie Delsart ... In doubles, Starkova paired with sophomore Emily Carbone to earn five wins in the fall season ... In the spring, Starkova compiled a 9-4 record in dual matches and a 3-2 conference record ... Picked up the pace in the latter half of the season as she ended the year on a five-match winning streak, including two wins in the SEC Tournament ... All were straight set and conference victories ... In doubles, Starkova split time with three different teammates. After spending most of the season with Stephanie Roy and generating a 9-8 dual match record, Starkova played with Claudine Paulson and Anouk Tigu to go a combined 9-1 in doubles ... With Paulson, the team was a perfect 5-0.
Joined the Razorbacks as one of the top players on the International Tennis Federation circuit ... Owns four ITF tournament singles titles and six doubles titles ... The No. 2 junior player in Kazakhstan and the No. 106 player in the world, Starkova attended CSKA Military College of Sport and, as a senior, won the Kazakhstan championship, earning Master of Sport recognition ... Was a part of the Group II championship team in the 2009 Fed Cup ... She represented her country three times in Federation Cup play, going undefeated (3-0) and set the record for the most games in a set and the longest final set in Turkmenistan's Fed Cup history when she defeated Jenneta Halliyeva in a 3-set thriller to clinch the victory for her country ... Won the singles title at the Chandigarh ITF Juniors and the ITF Junior Open Championships in India in January of 2009 ... She won four ITF junior tournaments in 2007 and 2008, compiling an incredible 50-13 singles record in international play during that time period.
Daughter of Alex and Tatyana Starkova, Valentina Alexandrovna Starkova was born in Almaty, Kazakhstan on Nov. 18, 1991 ... Her father has a Master of Sport from the Soviet Union.