Tennis prodigy L. Kichenok (Ukrainian: дмила ктoрвна енок; born July 20, 1992) is from Ukraine. With a ranking of 156 in the world on 21 July 2014, L. Kichenok achieved her highest ever in singles play.
She reached her career high of No. 9 in doubles on September 12, 2022. L. Kichenok and her twin sister Nadiia have won four doubles titles on the WTA Tour.
She and Jelena Ostapenko reached the final of the doubles competition at the Dubai Tennis Championships.
However they lost to Veronika Kudermetova and Elise Mertens, who had been seeded second.
Ukrainian Tennis Players L. Kichenok Reach Quarterfinals of Tokyo Olympics
Ukrainian tennis players Liudmyla and L. Kichenok, who are sisters, advanced to the quarterfinals of the doubles competition at the Tokyo Olympics.
Ukrainian competitors, according to the National Olympic Committee (NOC), advanced to the third round after beating the Indian duo of Sania Mirza and Ankita Raina 0:6, 7:6 (0), 10:8 in the first.
According to the announcement released by the organising committee, “the Kichenok sisters defeated the match favourites. The representatives of Italy Sara Errani/Jasmine Paolini with 7:6 (7-4), 6:2.”
Mirza-Raina Duo Stunned by Relentless L. Kichenok Pair in Tokyo
India’s hopes for a medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics were dashed on Day 3 when Nadiia Kichenok and L. Kichenok of Ukraine.
Defeated Sania Mirza and Ankita Raina of India in the first round of women’s doubles play (6-0, 6-7, 8-10). The Indian pair got off to a perfect start in the Olympics, winning the first set 6-0 in just 21 minutes before all hell broke loose.
India had a 5-2 lead in the second set and seemed to be in control of the match until Ukraine broke Mirza and Raina for the first time in the seventh game.
After dropping the first game, the L. Kichenok due won the next three in a row to tie the set at five games apiece.
While Sania Mariza and Ankita Raina rallied to take a 6-5 lead, the Ukrainian duo eventually tied the set at 6-6 and won the tie-break 6-0 to force a decisive third set.
Nadiia and L. Kichenok took an early 8-0 lead in the decisive match, but Mirza and Raina responded with an 8-0 run of their own.
The Ukrainian duo, though, held their nerve to take the final two games and take the match 10-8.
That was the second time in as many days that an Indian Olympian veteran has been knocked out in the first round in Tokyo. Two-time Olympian Vikas Krishan of India was also eliminated yesterday.
She and Ostapenko repeated their run to the semifinals of a major tournament at the French Open, when they were ultimately defeated by Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic.
In doubles, she cracked the top 20 on June 6 of that year (2022). She and Ostapenko went on to win the Birmingham Open the following week, her sixth tournament victory overall.
After advancing to the semifinals with Ostapenko at Wimbledon, she and Ostapenko ultimately lost to Barbora Krejcikova and Kateryna Siniakova for the title.