Father, Marat, plays and teaches tennis; mother, Nina, is a housewife; has older an brother, Yaroslav...Enjoys watching water polo and playing table tennis...Favorite movies are Shawshank Redemption, Pulp Fiction, Get Shorty, Fargo and This Boys Life; favorite author is Feodor Dostoevski...Favorite cuisines are her moms, Japanese, Russian and Indian...Good cook according to her roommate and some stray dogs in the area, she claims...Has an outgoing and easy personality but says its wise to keep your distance at all meal times...States her goal is to become the best farmer in Minsk province, and in fact picked all of her mothers apples in 1999...Likes listening to music (especially Lep Zeppelin, soul and blues), watching X-Files episodes with her farmer friends and reading.
• Won three of the four Grand Slam doubles titles in the same year four times (1992-94, 1997); won non-calendar year doubles Grand Slams in 1992/93 (six straight titles) and 1996/97 (four straight titles)• Holds second-longest Grand Slam doubles sweep in Open Era with Gigi Fernandez, winning six consecutively from 1992 Roland Garros through 1993 Wimbledon (Navratilova/Shriver won eight consecutive Grand Slam titles from 1983 Wimbledon through 1985 Roland Garros, including a doubles calendar-year Grand Slam sweep in 1984)• In terms of Grand Slam womens doubles titles, her 18 wins make her the fifth most prolific champion of all-time; her 20 Grand Slam titles overall ranks her equal 14th all-time• Ranked among the Top 10 players in the world in singles 1988-89 and 1994-95• Qualified for season-ending Championships as one of the best 16 players of the year six times in singles and as one of top eight doubles teams 1988-98• Four-time Olympian, 1988, 1992, 1996 and 2000, winning the 1992 doubles Bronze Medal with Leila Meskhi• 1998 ITF Doubles World Champion with Lindsay Davenport; recipient of 1993, 1994, 1995 and 1997 WTA Tour Doubles Team of the Year Award with partner Gigi Fernandez and received 1992 award with partner Larisa Neiland; received TENNIS Magazines Most Improved Female Pro Award in 1988 and 1988 WTA Tour Most Impressive Newcomer Award; nominated for 1993 and 1994 WTA Tour Player Service Award
SINGLESWinner (4): 1999 - Eastbourne; 1994 - Chicago; 1990 - Brisbane, Sydney.Finalist (15): 1995 - Indian Wells; 1994 - Miami, Hilton Head, Zurich; 1993 - Filderstadt; 1991 - Birmingham; 1989 - Hilton Head, Moscow; 1988 - Roland Garros, Eastbourne, Montreal, Worcester; 1987 - Little Rock, Chicago; 1986 - Little Rock.DOUBLESWinner (80): 2002 - Madrid (w/Navratilova); 2000 - Hannover (w/Carlsson), Hamburg (w/Kournikova); 1999 - Tokyo [Pan Pacific] (w/Davenport); 1998 - Tour Championships, Indian Wells, Berlin, Stanford, San Diego, Filderstadt (all w/Davenport), Los Angeles (w/Hingis), Moscow (w/Pierce); 1997 - Australian Open (w/Hingis), Roland Garros, Wimbledon (both w/G. Fernandez), Tokyo [Pan Pacific], Indian Wells (both w/Davenport), Miami, Moscow (both w/S nchez-Vicario), Strasbourg (w/Sukova); 1996 - US Open, Tokyo [Pan Pacific] (both w/G. Fernandez), Los Angeles (w/Davenport); 1995 - Roland Garros, US Open, Tokyo [Pan Pacific], Rome, San Diego, Los Angeles, Filderstadt (all w/G. Fernandez); 1994 - Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon, Tour Championships, Miami, Chicago, Rome, Berlin, Eastbourne, Filderstadt, Philadelphia (all w/G. Fernandez); 1993 - Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon, Tour Championships, Delray Beach, Wesley Chapel, Hilton Head, Berlin, Eastbourne, Leipzig, Filderstadt (all w/G. Fernandez); 1992 - Roland Garros, Wimbledon, US Open, Oakland, Philadelphia (all w/G. Fernandez), Boca Raton (w/Neiland), Hilton Head, Amelia Island (both w/S nchez-Vicario), Zurich (w/Sukova); 1991 - Wimbledon, Boca Raton, Berlin, Eastbourne, Toronto, Los Angeles (all w/Neiland), US Open, Brighton (both w/Shriver), Hilton Head (w/Kohde-Kilsch); 1990 - Birmingham, Eastbourne, Orlando (all w/Neiland); 1989 - Roland Garros, Chicago, Amelia Island, Birmingham, Moscow (all w/Neiland); 1988 - Indianapolis, Birmingham (both w/Savchenko).Finalist (49): 2000 - Indian Wells (w/Kournikova); 1999 - Australian Open (w/Davenport), Eastbourne (w/Novotna), Zurich (w/Tauziat); 1998 - Australian Open, Tokyo [Pan Pacific], Roland Garros, Wimbledon, US Open (all w/Davenport), Miami, Eastbourne (both w/S nchez-Vicario), Philadelphia (w/Seles); 1997 - Berlin, US Open (both w/G. Fernandez), Sydney (w/Davenport); 1996 - Edinburgh, Roland Garros (both w/G. Fernandez), Zurich (w/Arendt); 1995 - Australian Open, Miami, Hilton Head, Eastbourne, Wimbledon, Tour Championships (all w/G. Fernandez); 1994 - Wesley Chapel, Hilton Head (both w/G. Fernandez); 1993 - Los Angeles, Zurich (both w/G. Fernandez); 1992 - Berlin, Montreal (both w/G. Fernandez), Wesley Chapel (w/S nchez-Vicario), Filderstadt (w/Shriver); 1991 - Tarpon Springs, Roland Garros (both w/Neiland), Amelia Island (w/Paz), Washington DC (w/G. Fernandez), Filderstadt (w/Shriver); 1990 - Sydney, Roland Garros (both w/Neiland), Hilton Head (w/Paz), Brighton (w/Durie); 1989 - Washington DC, Oakland, Geneva, Wimbledon, Tour Championships (all w/Neiland); 1988 - Wimbledon, Chicago, Tour Championships (all w/Neiland).MIXED DOUBLESWinner (2): 1995 - Australian Open (w/Leach); 1990 - Australian Open (w/Pugh).Finalist (1): 1990 - US Open (w/Pugh).ADDITIONALSoviet Fed Cup Team 1986-91. Belarus Fed Cup Team 1994-99, 2002. Soviet Olympic Team 1988. CIS Olympic Team 1992. Belarus Olympic Team 1996, 2000.
1985 - Made ITF Circuit debut at ITF/Peterborough-GBR1986 - Won ITF/Bournemouth-GBR and ITF/Bethesda-USA; qualified for first Tour event at Indianapolis; qualified again for Little Rock, reaching final (l. to Rinaldi Stunkel in 3s); finished No. 92 in first full season on Tour1987 - Won ITF/Taranto-ITA and reached finals in consecutive weeks, Little Rock (l. to Cecchini in 3s) and Chicago (d. world No. 10 Kohde-Kilsch and No. 15 Potter, l. to No. 2 Navratilova); in first Grand Slam events, reached 3r at Roland Garros (l. to No. 5 seed Sukova), 4r at Wimbledon (l. to No. 6 seed Sabatini in 3s) and 3r at US Open (l. to No. 3 seed Evert); finished No. 19 in only second season 1988 - Started year with QF at Dallas, Oakland, Washington, San Antonio and Tokyo [Pan Pacific]; reached SF at Strasbourg before reaching career-first Grand Slam final Roland Garros as No. 13 seed; d. world No. 2 Navratilova and No. 7 Sukova both in straight sets, and saved 1mp against Bradtke in SF before falling to world No. 1 Graf 60 60; afterwards (June 6) broke into Top 10 at No. 8; runner-up at Eastbourne, Montreal (d. world No. 2 Navratilova and No. 4 Shriver) and Massachusetts (d. No. 3 Evert; l. to Navratilova in 3s); qualified for Season-Ending Championships, reaching singles QF and doubles final; finished season in Top 10 for first time at No. 71989 - Reached career-high ranking of No. 5 on May 22 but by years end had fallen to No. 27; fell to 0-9 in career singles finals, l. to Graf at Hilton Head (d. world No. 2 Navratilova in SF) and to Magers in Moscow; also reached US Open 4r for first time; at Roland Garros, won career-first Grand Slam doubles title (w/Neiland)1990 - Having lost first nine finals of her career, picked up first two titles in consecutive weeks at Brisbane and Sydney, only fourth player since 1987 to win two tournaments before Australian Open (Shriver-1988, Henin-2001 and Smashnova-2002); reached SF at Hilton Head (d. world No. 9 Martinez), Amelia Island (d. No. 6 Garrison, l. to world No. 1 Graf in 3s) and German Open; reached QF at Wimbledon, l. to No. 4 Sabatini 86 third set; won Australian Open mixed doubles title (w/Pugh)1991 - Became world No. 1 doubles player on October 1, winning nine titles, including Wimbledon (w/Neiland) and US Open (w/Shriver); reached singles final at Birmingham and SF at Hilton Head (d. world No. 6 Novotna); d. world No. 8 C. Martinez at Filderstadt1992 - Reached six singles QF: at Hilton Head (d. world No. 4 Navratilova), Italian Open, Roland Garros (extending Graf to 3s), Wimbledon (d. No. 8 C. Martinez), Oakland and Philadelphia (d. No. 12 Pierce); won nine doubles titles, including three Grand Slams (Roland Garros, Wimbledon, US Open) w/G. Fernandez1993 - Runner-up at Filderstadt (d. world No. 2 Navratilova); reached seven QF, including Wimbledon and US Open; in doubles, completed non-calendar year Grand Slam w/G. Fernandez by winning Australian Open; extended Grand Slam streak to six by winning Roland Garros and Wimbledon but traditional Grand Slam bid was stopped in US Open SF by Sanchez-Vicario/Sukova; also won season-ending Championships (w/G. Fernandez); finished in Top 20 for first time in three years1994 - Won third career singles title at Chicago (d. Rubin in final); runner-up at Miami (became first player in 28 matches to take a set from Graf in 1994 before falling in 3s), Hilton Head and Zurich; returned to Top 10 at No. 10 on April 11 after nearly five-year absence; in doubles, won 11 titles w/Fernandez, including Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon and season-ending Championships; Grand Slam bid thwarted for second year in US Open SF (l. to K. Maleeva/White in 3s); finished season ranked No. 1 in doubles and earned first Top 10 finish in singles in six years1995 - Runner-up at Indian Wells (in SF d. world No. 1 Sanchez-Vicario for first win in 11 tries over reigning No. 1); reached Australian Open QF for first time (having then reached QF or better at all four Grand Slams); l. to eventual champion Pierce; reached SF at Hilton Head, German Open, Eastbourne and season-ending Championships (qualifying for fourth time in seven years), d. No. 5 Sabatini (snapping eight-match losing streak to her) and No. 3 Sanchez-Vicario (l to world No. 1 Graf); in doubles w/G. Fernandez, reached 13 finals, including all four Grand Slams, winning six titles (including Roland Garros and US Open); won Australian Open mixed doubles title (w/Leach); had sixth Top 20 season-finish1996 - On November 18, fell out of Top 50 for first time since July 1987; having missed three months due to injury; best results were QF at Luxembourg and 3r at Birmingham, Eastbourne (l. to world No. 2 C. Martinez in 3s), Olympics and Los Angeles; won three doubles titles, including. US Open (w/G. Fernandez)1997 - Reached SF at Eastbourne (d. world No. 5 Majoli), QF at Strasbourg (d. No. 5 Davenport), Birmingham, San Diego, Los Angeles, Tokyo [Princess Cup] and Filderstadt (l. to No. 1 Hingis in 3s); finished as season-ending No. 1 in doubles for second time, winning eight titles (with five different partners), including Australian Open (w/Hingis) and Roland Garros and Wimbledon (w/G. Fernandez, her 17th and 18th women's doubles Grand Slam titles, placing her fifth all-time); also reached US Open doubles final (w/G. Fernandez); finished season at No. 25 after dropping to No. 57 in January, her lowest in almost 10 years1998 - Unseeded at Wimbledon, d. No. 4 seed Graf for the first time in 19 tries and No. 6 seed Seles en route to her first SF there; against Graf, never dropped serve in the 64 75 win; joined Garrison (1990 Wimbledon) as only other player to d. Graf and Seles in same tournament (l. to Tauziat 16 76(1) 63); ranking returned to worlds Top 15 for first time in two years; qualified for season-ending Championships in singles for sixth time (first since 1995) and won doubles title for third time w/G. Fernandez; reached SF at Eastbourne, d. world No. 6 V. Williams (has defeated eight of the last 10 players to rank No. 1 in the world since 1981); finished season at No. 1 in doubles for third time in five years, winning eight titles with three different partners, including season-ending Championships (w/Davenport); reached all four Grand Slam finals for third time in four years (1995, 97, 98), losing all four w/Davenport; seventh Top 20 season finish; crossed the $7-million mark in career prize money1999 - Became 27th player to win 400 career singles matches in the Open Era; at Eastbourne, won fourth career singles title (first in five years and first on grass), d. Tauziat in final 06 75 63 after trailing 60 30; saved 3mp to d. Coetzer in SF 67(5) 76(4) 108 in three-hour, 29-minute match played the morning of the final; ranking improved to No. 12, highest in nearly four years; sixth time to reach SF or better at Eastbourne and seventh to reach QF or better at Hilton Head; in doubles, won Tokyo [Pan Pacific] and reached Australian Open final (both w/Davenport)2000 - Passed singles 2r only twice; competed in 50th Grand Slam at Roland Garros, reaching 4r; at Klagenfurt, d. No. 3 seed Hrdlickova en route to QF, where she ret. due to severe left leg pain caused by a lower back injury; withdrew from summer events, including US Open, playing only Sydney Olympics for Belarus the rest of the season; l. singles 1r but reached doubles SF (w/Barabanschikova), l. Bronze Medal play-off to Belgium (Callens/Van Roost) in 3s2001 - Missed the season with a back injury2002 - Teamed w/Navratilova for first time in her career at Indian Wells and Miami, l. 1r at both; played in Hamburg w/Rittner, winning 1r before Rittner withdrew due to injury; teamed with w/Navratilova again at German Open, falling 1r; reached QF of Italian Open (w/Navratilova); won doubles title at Madrid (w/Navratilova), her first title in two years and 80th of her career; at Roland Garros w/Navratilova, l. 1r to No. 1 seeds and eventual runners-up Raymond/Stubbs in 3s; at Eastbourne w/Navratilova, fell 1r to Coetzer/McNeil; received WC into Wimbledon singles draw, l. 1r to Weingartner in 3s; in doubles w/Navratilova, l. 2r to No. 5 seeds Po-Messerli/Tauziat 8-6 third set; fell 1r in mixed doubles w/Tarango; reached US Open doubles 3r w/Rubin; reached doubles QF w/Sugiyama at Tokyo [Princess Cup]; playing w/Po-Messerli at Filderstadt, lost 1r to Dokic/Petrova in 3s
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