Formerly coached by parents...Prefers playing on a grass surface...Parents are Vladimir and Marina; brother, Sasha, also plays tennis...Other sports interest is windsurfing...Relaxes by reading and listening to music...Likes to visit Moscow...Admires Andre Agassi because of his positive attitude...Favorites include the movie Titanic and the book Gone With the Wind.
• In juniors, named 1999 ITF Junior World Champion and won 1999 US Open• Tour mentor was Jana Novotna in Partners for Success (mentor division of Professional Development Program)
SINGLESWinner (0 WTA Tour): 1999 - ITF/San Severo-ITA.Finalist (1): 2003 - Toronto [Canadian Open].Semifinalist (4): 2004 - 's-Hertogenbosch; 2003 - Doha; 2002 - Pattaya City; 1999 - Luxembourg.DOUBLESWinner (1): 2003 - ’s-Hertogenbosch.Finalist (2): 2002 - Pattaya City (w/Panova); 2001 - Moscow (w/Dementieva).Semifinalist (7): 2004 - Doha (w/Myskina), Amelia Island (w/Zvonareva); 2003 - Dubai (w/Pratt), Charleston (w/Dementieva), Strasbourg (w/Zvonareva), Wimbledon (w/Dementieva); 2002 - Linz (w/Panova).MIXED DOUBLESFinalist (1): 2003 - US Open (w/Nestor).ADDITIONALRussian Fed Cup Team 2001.
1998 - Fell in 1r qualifying at ITF/Sochi-RUS1999 - WTA Tour debut came as a 15-year-old WC at Luxembourg, reaching SF with a series of remarkable comebacks over Mag. Maleeva (trailed 63 52) and No. 6 seed Farina Elia (trailed 60 31) before falling to No. 2 seed Van Roost in 3s after leading 75 30; in only second ITF Circuit main draw of her career, won ITF/San Severo-ITA; named ITF Girls’ Singles World Champion, winning US Open junior title; first season-ending ranking of No. 1632000 - Qualified for Australian Open, Estoril, Budapest (reaching 2r), Rome, Roland Garros and Wimbledon; reached 3r at Birmingham (d. No. 20 Dechy in 2r); held 4 mp vs. world No. 16 Capriati in Zurich 1r before falling2001 - First Top 100 finish at No. 34 in breakthrough season; qualified for six consecutive tournaments in first quarter of season - Gold Coast, Australian Open, Doha (saving 6 mp in 2r to d. Poutchek en route to QF), Dubai (d. world No. 14 Sanchez-Vicario en route to QF), Indian Wells (reaching 4r) and Miami, winning 24 of 28 competed matches prior to 1r loss at Miami; won more matches and had better record than anyone in Top 100 except world No. 1 Hingis; having never won a Grand Slam match in five previous attempts, reached Roland Garros QF aged 17 years, one month (seventh youngest ever after Capriati, Sabatini, Seles, Jaeger, Hingis and Graf), d. world No. 11 Tauziat in 1r for third Top 20 win of the year (l. to Henin); reached 4r at Wimbledon, joining compatriot Petrova to mark first time since Soviet Union dissolved that two Russian women reached Wimbledon 4r (1988 was last time two Soviet players accomplished the feat - Neiland and Zvereva); in home town of Moscow, came within two points of upsetting eventual champion Dokic in 1r, falling 75 third set; reached first Tour doubles final (w/Dementieva)2002 - At Australian Open, after gaining a place in seedings when S. Williams pulled out with a turned ankle, sprained her own left ankle in 1r vs. C. Martinez and forced to retire; withdrew from all tournaments February-July and returned in Los Angeles (l. 2r to S. Williams); reached first QF of year at Bali but retired in QF to Kuznetsova due to left knee sprain; as WC at Pattaya City, reached second career SF; ranking improved from No. 222 to finish the season at No. 1752003 - Career-best season to date, completing successful comeback from 2002 left ankle injury; reached first Tier I QF at Tokyo [Pan Pacific] (l. to Seles); as WC at Doha, recorded first Top 10 win, d. world No. 9 and defending champion Seles en route to SF; reached QF at Dubai and ranking moved up to No. 61, best since March 2002; doubles semifinalist at Charleston (w/Dementieva) and Strasbourg (w/Zvonareva); won first ever Tour title at ’s-Hertogenbosch doubles (w/Dementieva); pair also reached Wimbldon SF the following week (d. Williams sisters 75 third set in 3r for only the sisters’ third loss since 1999 San Diego - Hingis/Seles-2001 Sydney, Callens/Rubin-2001 US Open); achieved career-best singles win at Canadian Open, d. new world No. 1 Clijsters in 3r en route to first-ever Tour singles final (l. to Henin-Hardenne); appearance in Canadian Open final was first in a Tier I for a Russian since Dementieva at 2001 Moscow; on October 20, reached career-high singles ranking of No. 26 and on November 10 reached career-high No. 23 in doubles; reached US Open mixed doubles final w/Nestor (l. to Srebotnik/B. Bryan)2004 - Reached SF at s'Hertogenbosch as world No.44 (l. to eventual champion No.26 Pierce), and 3r at Australian Open as No.23 seed (l. to No.354 WC Golovin); l. in 2r three times and in 1r eight times (incl. at Wimbledon); in doubles, reached SF at Doha (w/Myskina) and Amelia Island (w/Zvonareva); withdrew from Rome, Strasbourg and Roland Garros due to illness, and from Vancouver, Cincinnati and US Open due to left wrist sprain.2005 - Returned to action for first time in four months at Auckland, defeating Kapros in 1r before falling to eventual winner Srebotnik in next round; reached Auckland doubles SF (w/Husarova); fell in final round qualifying at Australian Open.
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