23-year-old Russian tennis player dies suddenly

Russian Tennis Star Violetta Degtiareva Dies At 23

A rising Russian tennis star, dubbed the next Anna Kournikova, is dead at just 23 years old.

The tennis world is in shock after a Facebook post announced that Violetta Degtiareva died. Details are still unclear, but the news first broke when a close friend of the young tennis player posted on her page, "I can hardly believe it. Rest in peace."

Violetta Degtiareva
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23-year-old Russian tennis player dies suddenly

According to Yahoo! News, Russian media outlets are now reporting she died from heart failure during a training session, though conflicting reports say she died on the way to the hospital after collapsing at practice.

Degtiareva's most notable career moment was reaching the quarter-finals at the ITF-Turnier in Turkey last year, though she was perhaps even better known for her beauty, often being compared to tennis superstar Anna Kournikova.

Degtiareva was ranked 1084th in the world.

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