Alina Korneeva is 16 years old and from Russia, but she's not really concerned with what another 16-year-old from Russia is doing.
Korneeva introduced herself to the wider tennis audience earlier this year during the Australian Open. She was one of three 16-year-olds who played in the main draw. The news garnered a lot of attention in tennis circles because there is always a group of fans who worry about the future.
When it comes to women's tennis, it's looking bright because all three of them also made the second round of that event. Mirra Andreeva, the most established 16-year-old among them, had the deepest run of all, making the second week.
In a recent talk with Tennis Majors, Korneeva was asked about her compatriot, but she is clearly worried only about her own career, rejecting comparisons. She simply stated that she doesn't think much about her nor does she really keep up with her results or experiences.
"I don’t think about her and I don’t look at her experiences and her results. I think about myself. Like I said earlier, I try to not expect something about myself."
We've seen young players dismiss similar assertions, such as Holger Rune dismissing comparing himself to Carlos Alcaraz, whom he has known since childhood. After all, the Spaniard has proven himself more among the professionals, hence the comparisons, and the same applies to Korneeva, who focuses on her own goals.
"I do have goals for the season but I don’t want to talk about them because personally for me, one of the most important things in life is don’t talk about yourself. I just want to go step by step."
Korneeva seems to have a healthy approach to sports, possibly due to her father being a former volleyball player. Still, she has her own journey to make.