Dinara Safina made her WTA main draw debut at Oeiras in 2002 - at just 15 years of age.
After winning Sopot in 2002 and Palermo in 2003, she won her first Premier title at Paris in 2005.
She won another WTA title at Prague in 2005 and helped clinch the Fed Cup title for Russia in the fall.
Safina started making inroads at the Grand Slams in 2006 - she made her first two quarterfinals.
And 2007 brought her a fifth WTA title at Gold Coast - she beat Martina Hingis in a marathon final.
She also won 12 WTA doubles titles in her career - including one Grand Slam, the US Open in 2007.
But 2008 was the year the Russian really hit the big time, starting with WTA title No.6 in Berlin...
Her momentum from Berlin carried her all the way to her first Grand Slam final at Roland Garros.
She finished runner-up to fellow WTA rising star Ana Ivanovic, but it seemed like only the beginning.
She dominated the summer hardcourt season, winning her seventh WTA title in Los Angeles...
... and her eighth WTA title in Montréal.
She also won the silver medal at the Olympics, part of a total Russian sweep of the singles medals.
Safina won her fourth WTA title of the year - and the ninth of her career - at Tokyo in the fall.
The Russian stepped it up even more in 2009, beginning with her second Grand Slam final Down Under.
And then, after rising to No.1 on April 20, massive back-to-back Premier-level triumphs at Rome...
... and Madrid, which was the biggest title of her career - her first Premier Mandatory-level title.
She carried that winning streak into a third Grand Slam final in Paris, but came up short once more...
Safina won her 12th and final WTA title at a small hardcourt tournament in Portoroz in the summer.
She kept fighting her hardest over the next few years, but persistent back injuries got in the way.
The three-time Grand Slam finalist and former No.1 will be remembered as one of the all-time greats.