Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, like many other players, is busy preparing for the US Open which starts imminently, but the Russian star has revealed exclusively to GiveMeSport that one of her main ambitions is to climb the world rankings.
The 23-year-old has worked hard throughout her career to ensure that she remains a regular in the seeds list for the Grand Slam events.
23rd seed at Flushing Meadows
Indeed, at the upcoming major at Flushing Meadows, Pavlyuchenkova is seeded 23rd and has been drawn against Teliana Pereira in the first round. Her Brazilian opponent had never qualified for the main draw in New York until now.
However, despite a respectable world ranking of 25th, Pavlyuchenkova is keen for an improvement which would see her achieve her goal of breaking into the world's top 10.
With such an ambitious target, Pavlyuchenkova is wary of setting a time limit. She exclusively told GiveMeSport: "I do believe I can get into the top 10, yes everyday. I don't know how long it could take but I really want it. Otherwise there is no point in working hard everyday, right?"
Pavlyuchenkova was actually very close to the world top 10 a few years ago. The Russian experienced her highest career ranking of 13th in the summer of 2011 following a great run at that year's French Open.
Clay specialist and that year's defending champion Francesca Schiavone came from a set down to win their quarter-final clash, as Pavlyuchenkova wasn't quite able to repeat her heroics from the previous round where she had beaten third seed Vera Zvonareva.
A few months later Pavlyuchenkova equalled her best Grand Slam showing at the 2011 US Open. In that last eight tie, it took Serena Williams to curtail her progress.
Although things haven't gone quite to plan since that time, the right-hander is hoping for a resurgence, and where better to start than on her favoured American hard courts?
She believes the ups and downs throughout her career have helped to make her a better player now, telling us: "I always want more and can always be better.There have been a lot of positives and also a few negatives, but I've got a lot of experience too," she continued.
"In everything I like to say: 'Everything happens for a reason."
If Pavlyuchenkova does manage to break into the world's top 10, she'll likely be in very good company, such is the high levels of competition in the women's game at the moment.
At present the top 10 features five stars who have won at least one Grand Slam, whilst the likes of Pavlyuchenkova's compatriot, Maria Sharapova, and world no.1 Serena Williams have considerably more than that.
With so many great players in action, the US Open is sure to be very exciting indeed. Matches start on Monday.
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