Abrosimova Retires, Serbia Reveal Plans

18 April 2013

14. Svetlana Abrosimova (Russia)
Svetlana Abrosimova first suited up for Russia at the U16 European Championship Women in 1995

Veteran guard Svetlana Abrosimova has announced her retirement from the Russian national team after a sparkling career spanning back to her teenage years.

The 32-year-old who, was recently crowned a EuroCup Women champion with Dynamo Moscow, announced her decision via social media from her Twitter account.

Whilst being overlooked for the London Olympics last summer, Abrosimova enjoyed a distinguished and lengthy career in a Russian vest, taking a string of medals including two EuroBasket Women gold medals - her last coming in Lodz two years ago when she last particpated.

Her decision comes hot on the heels of Maria Stepanova also deciding to call it a day and with Olga Arteshina ruled out due to an ACL injury and Becky Hammon not expected to return, Russia have lost a wealth of experience.

This will give new Russian play-caller Alfredas Vainauskas plenty to think about and it is rapidly looking like an enforced new chapter.



Serbia head coach Marina Maljkovic has an extensive preliminary list to choose from when 25 players attend the initial EuroBasket Women preparation camp later this month.

However, there's no spot for Miljana Bojovic, one of the top guards in EuroLeague Women with Good Angels Kosice during recent seasons, whilst Fenerbahce center Ivana Matovic is also missing on the list.

Once again there will also be no Sonja Petrovic to call upon. The Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje star has opted to continue stepping out in the WNBA with Chicago Sky rather than compete in France.

The roster does however include UE Sopron frontcourt duo Jelena Milovanovic and Sara Krnjic as well as the free-scoring Ana Dabovic who has been playing in the Turkish League with Ted Anakara.

There are also plenty of spots for a bunch of players from the all-conquering Partizan Galenika, a club coached by Maljkovic.

One thing the initial list does also have is a youthful feel to it, with no fewer than 12 players 1990's born - although importantly, there are some veterans too, including the likes of Ivanka Matic who played in EuroLeague Women with Municpal Targoviste.

There will be plenty of opportunity for the players to shine with a number of friendly games on the itinerary, including an interesting clash with the Serbian U16 men's side.

In addition to several one-off friendlies with individual nations, they will also participate in a couple of tournaments, including one in Belarus against Italy, Ukraine and the hosts. They will also host their own mini-tournament at the end of next month, welcoming Canada, Italy and Montenegro.


The full roster is as follows: Adrijana Knezevic (Toulouse), Aleksandra Crvendakic (Crvena Zvezda), Ana Dabovic (TED Ankara), Bojana Vulic (Canik Belediye), Sasa Cado (Partizan Galenika), Dajana Butulija (Partizan Galenika), Dragana Stankovic (Sloboda Novi Grad), Ines Ajanovic (SK Cesis), Ivanka Matic (Municipal Targoviste), Jelena Jovanovic (Radivoj Korac), Jelena Milovanovic (UE Sopron), Jovana Popovic (Vojvodina), Jovana Rad (Tarbes), Katarina Vuckovic (Crvena Zvezda), Kristina Baltic (Partizan Galenika), Maja Skoric (DVTK Miskolc), Milica Dabovic (Partizan Galenika), Milena Marjanovic (Vrsac), Natasa Bucevac (Vojvodina), Nevena Jovanovic (Partizan Galenika), Sara Krnjic (UE Sopron), Snezana Colic (Radivoj Korac), Tamara Radocaj (Partizan Galenika),Tijana Ajdukovic (Lavezzini Parma), Jovana Jaksic (Vrsac)


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