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Coached by Pavel Joromsky and also works with her brother, Ruslan Panov ... FatherÆs name is Ura; mother, Ludmila, is an economist ... Favorite movie is Legends of the Fall; favorite singers are Madonna and Roxette ... Enjoys reading ... Likes to visit Florida ... Enjoys dancing and clubbing ... Finished high school in 1993 ... Admires Amanda Coetzer.
Winner: 1997 - ITF/Samara-RUS; 1994 - ITF/Mission-USA, ITF/Felixstowe-GBR, ITF/Rheda-Wiedenbruck-GER, ITF/Istanbul 3-TUR; 1992 - ITF/Siauliat-LIT.
Finalist (3): 2002 - Auckland, Sarasota; 2000 - Pattaya City.
Semifinalist (3): 2003 - Sydney; 2002 - Pattaya City; 2000 - Kuala Lumpur.
Quarterfinalist (12): 2004 - Tokyo [Pan Pacific]; 2002 - Miami, Tokyo [Princess Cup], Filderstadt; 2001 - Æs-Hertogenbosch, Palermo, Bahia, Filderstadt, Linz, Pattaya City; 2000 - Oklahoma City, Moscow.
Finalist (1): 2002 - Pattaya City (w/Krasnoroutskaya).
Semifinalist (3): 2005 - Hyderabad (w/Amanmuradova); 2003 - Auckland (w/Jidkova); 2002 - Auckland (w/Poutchek).
Russian Fed Cup Team 1997-99, 2002-03.
Career in Review
1992 - Played first two ITF Circuit events, winning ITF/Siauliai-LIT.
1993 - SF at ITF/Szczecin-POL.
1994 - Won four ITF Circuit singles titles; made Tour debut at Moscow as qualifier (l. 2r).
1995 - Ranked No.154, qualified for Berlin and d. No.18 McNeil in 1r for first Top 20 win.
1996 - Qualified for Moscow, d. No.19 Coetzer in 1r; also qualified for Pattaya City (l. 2r).
1997 - Played first Grand Slams at Roland Garros, Wimbledon and US Open; scored third career Top 20 win, d. No.18 Schultz-McCarthy en route to Miami 3r as qualifier; broke into Top 100 on May 19 at No.96; won first ITF Circuit title in three years at ITF/Samara-RUS.
1998 - Def. No.17 Raymond in Roland Garros 1r; clinched RussiaÆs win over Australia in Fed Cup 1r; in next round won both matches, leading Russia over Germany and qualifying for 1999 World Group I.
1999 - First Top 50 finish; career-best Grand Slam performance at Wimbledon, d. No.16 seed Zvereva to reach 3r; in Fed Cup play, d. No.11 Tauziat to help Russia d. France 3-2 and advance to SF, where she clinched RussiaÆs win over Slovakia; broke into Top 50 on October 25 at No.48.
2000 - Tour QF debut at Oklahoma City; in hometown Moscow, reached first Tier I QF; first Tour SF at Kuala Lumpur and a week later first final at Pattaya City (l. to Kremer).
2001 - Six QF at Æs-Hertogenbosch, Palermo, Bahia, Filderstadt, Linz (d. No.12 Dementieva) and Pattaya City; 3r at Wimbledon (l. to Capriati); fourth QF of season at Filderstadt, second career QF at Tier II or bigger.
2002 - Best season to date; runner-up at Auckland (l. to Smashnova) and Sarasota (d. No.13 Shaughnessy; l. to Dokic); SF at Pattaya City; QF at Miami (d. No.14 Sßnchez-Vicario), Tokyo [Princess Cup] and Filderstadt (d. No.8 Dokic for first Top 10 win); first-time Tour doubles runner-up at Pattaya City (w/Krasnoroutskaya).
2003 - Successful first quarter of season, reaching first Tier II SF, continuing solid Grand Slam play; d. No.3 Capriati 75 third set in 2r of Sydney for best win to date en route to SF (l. to Davenport); recorded best Australian Open finish by reaching 3r at fourth straight Grand Slam tournament (l. to Davenport); following Berlin, withdrew from all tournaments due to need for mental recuperation.
2004 - Season highlighted by QF at Tier I Tokyo [Pan Pacific]; as No.250 (using special ranking of No.33), d. Zheng in 1r for 300th career match win, then d. No.8 Dementieva 76(5) 63 in 2r (third Top 10 win of career) to reach QF (l. to Dokic); at Wimbledon, qualified then reached fourth career 3r there (l. to Davenport), afterwards (July 5), reentered Top 100 at No.92 (first time since October 2003); ret. w/upper respiratory illness in Memphis 2r vs. Sharapova and withdrew from San Diego, Vancouver and Cincinnati w/left foot injury.
2005 - Eighth Top 100 finish of career, reaching QF at Auckland; ranked No.77 (unseeded), l. to No.26 (top seed) Frazier in 3s; 3r for second time at Australian Open (d. No.23 seed Jankovic in 1r; l. to No.10 seed Molik); 2r four times, incl. Wimbledon, Philadelphia (d. No.22 Jankovic 1r; l. to Washington); fell 1r at Roland Garros and failed to qualify for US Open main draw; reached fourth career Tour doubles SF at Hyderabad (w/Amanmuradova); withdrew from Indian Wells and Miami w/illness.