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Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova insists singles are the priority

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In modern tennis we are beginning to see a decline in the top players juggling the singles game with the doubles, however Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova has revealed to GiveMeSport that she is keen to carry on playing both sides of the game.

The US Open is upon us and you could certainly forgive some of the seeded players for focusing on their own game.

Even the highly-successful sister duo of Venus and Serena Williams have cut down their playing time together, despite winning 13 Grand Slam doubles and a further three Olympic Gold medals.

Singles ambitions

However, despite her own ambitious targets of challenging at Flushing Meadows and the longer-term goal of an ascent into the top 10 of the WTA rankings, Pavlyuchenkova is set to continue playing doubles. 

The world No.25 equalled her individual Grand Slam best - the quarter-finals - three years ago in New York, having also reached that stage in the 2011 French Open, and has already told GiveMeSport of her aims to reach that stage again.

Recently, though, the Russian has made quite an impression in the doubles section of the Grand Slams.

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Doubles glory

Since the start of last year Pavlyuchenkova has got to the quarter-final stage on three occasions; in 2013 she was just three wins away from glory at the Australian and French Open, while last month at Wimbledon she got to the same level.

On each of those occasions it was Czech Republican star Lucie Safarova partnering the 23-year-old. 

The pair have struck up quite an understanding it would appear, they will link up again at the US Open and beyond: "Yes, I'll play with Lucie untill the end of the season," Pavlyuchenkova told GiveMeSport.

After being seeded 15th at Flushing Meadows, they'll face Belinda Bencic and Jana Čepelová in round one.

Safarova partnership

Safarova - world no.15 - is also on her way up in the singles game too, the 27-year-old was a semi-finalist at Wimbledon earlier this summer; bowing out to compatriot and eventual winner Petra Kvitova.

As such, the pair are looking towards more progression in the singles and Pavlyuchenkova admits that, while she enjoys playing with Safarova, her own game is the priority.

"My priority is definitely singles, but we are doing pretty good in doubles too," she continued. "Last year we ended the year 8th in the race, and it's a lot of fun and we have fun practices."

US Open

Despite their individual aims, the duo must be among the favourites to attain their maiden major glories in the doubles in this tournament.

Warm-ups on the hard courts have heralded some great results. In Cincinnati Safarova and Pavlyuchenkova were involved in some titanic three-set tussles; defeating second seeds Su-Wei Hsieh and Shuai Peng before losing in the quarter-finals.

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