Coached by Rolf Buehler ... Father, Alexandr, played pro basketball; mother, Elena, sometimes travels with her; grandfather on mother's side was coach of national volleyball team for 40 years; is an only child ... Married Italian engineer Simone Serges at age 19 (husband based in Switzerland) ... Favorite surface is hard; favorite shot is forehand ... Speaks Russian, English, Italian ... Other sports interests include swimming, basketball ... Enjoys pop and rap music; favorite movie is Top Gun ... In 2004, received grant from Boris Yeltsin Fund; together with fellow Russian Alisa Kleybanova, invited to tea with the former Russian President.
- Played third-longest women's singles match in Open Era in 2010 Australian Open 1r (l. to Zahlavova Strycova 76(5) 67(10) 63 - 4h19min).
SINGLESWinner: 2011 - ITF/Albuquerque-USA; 2009 - ITF/Las Vegas, NV-USA, ITF/Kansas City-USA, ITF/Dubai-UAE; 2008 - ITF/Clearwater-USA, ITF/Granada-ESP; 2007 - ITF/Incheon-KOR, ITF/Changwon-KOR, ITF/Noto-JPN; 2006 - ITF/Imola Tozzona-ITA, ITF/Jessi-ITA; 2005 - ITF/Trecastagni-ITA.DOUBLESWinner: 2009 - ITF/Galatina-ITA (w/Bovina); 2008 - ITF/Ciampino-ITA (w/Giovine).
2004 - Played first events of career on ITF Circuit.2005 - Won one singles title on ITF Circuit.2006 - Won two singles titles on ITF Circuit.2007 - Played first WTA qualifying at Stockholm and US Open; won three singles titles on ITF Circuit.2008 - Played first WTA main draw at Los Angeles, reaching 2r; fell in qualifying four times (incl. Wimbledon, US Open); won two singles titles and one doubles title on ITF Circuit.2009 - Reached 3r once (Wimbledon) and 2r once; fell in qualifying three times (incl. Roland Garros, US Open); won three singles titles and one doubles title on ITF Circuit.2010 - First Top 100 season; QF at Dubai; reached 3r once (Wimbledon) and 2r once; fell 1r six times (incl. other three majors) and in qualifying once; withdrew from Kuala Lumpur w/left abdominal strain then second half of season marred by low back injury (retired in Birmingham 1r, Wimbledon 3r and US Open 1r; withdrew from 's-Hertogenbosch, Portoroz, Istanbul, Osaka).2011 - Reached 2r once (Australian Open); fell 1r once and in qualifying five times (incl. other three majors); won one singles title on ITF Circuit; withdrew from Pattaya City and Kuala Lumpur w/abdominal strain.
JANUARY - Fell in Auckland and Australian Open qualifying; announced at end of January will take extended break (at least four months) to recover from a serious back injury.FEBRUARY - Withdrew from Pattaya City w/low back injury.MARCH - Did not play.
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