This is heartbreaking.
Violetta Degtiareva — a 23-year-old tennis player dubbed “the next Anna Kournikova” — dropped dead after a training session on Jan. 12, a new report claims. Heart failure is said to be the cause.
The gifted athlete was one of the highest-earning stars on the pro circuit at the time of her sudden death.
Details of her tragic and mysterious death are still not available. News of her passing was only realized when her friend and fellow tennis player, 20-year-old Anatasia Vdovenco, posted about it on Facebook.
It was then that media in Violetta’s native Russia picked up the devastating news.
“I can hardly believe it,” Anastasia wrote. “Rest in peace.”