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Enjoys playing on every surface but has had her best results on hardcourt and clay ... With her aggressive playing style, utilizes her strong serve, volleying skills and powerful groundstrokes to finish the points early ... Spent most of her career travelling and training in numerous countries; finally settled and living in South Florida ... In her spare time, enjoys spending time in the outdoors, travelling to exotic getaways and catching up with family and close friends ... Currently managed by MV Sports Management & Consulting.
Winner (13): 2012 - 's-Hertogenbosch, Tokyo [Pan Pacific], Sofia; 2011 - College Park; 2008 - Cincinnati, Québec City; 2007 - Paris [Indoors]; 2006 - Doha, Amelia Island, Charleston, Berlin, Stuttgart; 2005 - Linz.
Finalist (11): 2010 - New Haven; 2008 - Eastbourne, Stuttgart; 2007 - Amelia Island, Los Angeles; 2006 - Moscow, Linz; 2005 - Berlin, Bangkok; 2004 - Gold Coast; 2003 - Linz.
Winner (24): 2013 - Sydney, Miami, Eastbourne (all w/Srebotnik); 2012 - Miami, WTA Finals (both w/Kirilenko); 2010 - Charleston (w/Huber); 2009 - Charleston, Stuttgart (both w/Mattek-Sands), Moscow (w/Kirilenko); 2008 - Cincinnati (w/Kirilenko), Tokyo [Pan Pacific] (w/King), Moscow (w/Srebotnik); 2006 - Montréal (w/Navratilova); 2004 - Miami, Amelia Island, Berlin, Rome, Los Angeles, New Haven, WTA Finals (all w/Shaughnessy); 2003 - Moscow (w/Shaughnessy); 2002 - Linz (w/Dokic); 2001 - 's-Hertogenbosch (w/Dragomir Ilie), Linz (w/Dokic).
Finalist (24): 2013 - Doha, Dubai, Indian Wells (all w/Srebotnik); 2012 - Roland Garros, 's-Hertogenbosch, Moscow (all w/Kirilenko), Carlsbad (w/King), Montréal (w/Srebotnik); 2011 - Doha, Miami (both w/Huber); 2010 - Sydney (w/Garbin), Indian Wells, Miami (both w/Stosur), US Open (w/Huber); 2008 - Bali (w/Domachowska); 2006 - Dubai (w/Kuznetsova); 2005 - Indian Wells (w/Shaughnessy); 2003 - Rome (w/Dokic), 's-Hertogenbosch (w/Pierce), Leipzig (w/Likhovtseva); 2002 - Moscow, Zürich (both w/Dokic); 2001 - Bol (w/Pisnik), New Haven (w/Dokic).
Russian Fed Cup Team, 2001, 2003, 2006-07, 2009, 2012; Russian Olympic Team, 2004, 2012.
Career in Review
2015 - Did not play.
2014 - Played just six events between February and April, best result being one 2r finish (Miami); fell 1r four times and in qualifying once; withdrew from Australian Open w/personal reasons.
2013 - Injury-marred season (finishing No.102); QF at Dubai; reached 4r once, 3r twice and 2r twice; fell 1r seven times (incl. all four majors and Rome - l. to Suárez Navarro 36 62 76(1); held 2mp at 6-5 third set); strong season in doubles w/Srebotnik, winning three WTA doubles titles and qualifying for WTA Finals in doubles (l. first match); struggled w/left leg and hip injuries throughout second half of season (withdrew from Washington DC, Toronto, Cincinnati, Tokyo [Pan Pacific] and Beijing).
2012 - Ninth Top 20 season in last 10 years (and near-Top 10 season, finishing No.12); won three WTA titles at 's-Hertogenbosch (d. U.Radwanska in final), Tokyo [Pan Pacific] (d. A.Radwanska in final) and Sofia (d. Wozniacki in final); SF at Carlsbad (l. to Cibulkova); QF twice at Charleston and Estoril; reached 4r twice (incl. US Open), 3r three times (Roland Garros, Wimbledon, Olympics) and 2r seven times (incl. Australian Open); having been as low as No.35 in May, cut it down by almost two thirds to No.12 on November 5 year-end rankings; first Top 5 season in doubles too (finishing No.5); won two WTA doubles titles at Miami and WTA Finals (both w/Kirilenko) and bronze medal at Olympics (also w/Kirilenko).
2011 - Another Top 30 season; won one WTA title at College Park (d. Peer in final); SF at Bali (l. to Ivanovic); QF twice at Strasbourg and Cincinnati; reached 4r twice (incl. Wimbledon), 3r three times (incl. Australian Open, US Open - l. to Stosur in longest ever US Open match - 3h16m) and 2r five times; fell 1r eight times (incl. Roland Garros).
2010 - Another Top 20 season; runner-up at New Haven (l. to Wozniacki in final); SF at Seoul (ret. vs. Zakopalova w/GI illness); QF five times at Australian Open (l. to Henin), Charleston, Rome, Madrid and Roland Garros (l. to Dementieva); reached 4r once, 3r three times (incl. Wimbledon) and 2r twice; fell 1r seven times (incl. US Open); won one WTA doubles title.
2009 - Another Top 20 season; SF twice at Ponte Vedra Beach (l. to Wozniak) and Beijing (l. to Kuznetsova); QF at Québec City; reached 4r three times (incl. Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open), 3r five times and 2r six times (incl. Roland Garros); fell 1r four times; won three WTA doubles titles; withdrew from Pattaya City, Dubai and Indian Wells w/foot injury.
2008 - Another Top 20 season; went 4-9 in first nine events, winning matches only at Australian Open (l. to A.Radwanska 16 75 60 in 4r; led 61 30) and Berlin (l. to Kirilenko in 2r); dropped opening match seven times; went 43-15 in last 17 events, highlighted by two WTA titles at Cincinnati (d. Dechy in final) and Québec City (d. Mattek-Sands in final), runner-up twice, at Eastbourne (l. to A.Radwanska in final) and Stuttgart (l. to Jankovic in final); SF twice at Bali (l. to Schnyder) and Tokyo [Pan Pacific] (l. to Safina); QF five times at Istanbul, Wimbledon (l. to Dementieva), Los Angeles, Moscow and Linz; five pre-QF exits in that stretch, incl. Roland Garros (3r) and US Open (3r); was alternate at WTA Finals (went 0-1 in RR); won three WTA doubles titles.
2007 - Another Top 20 season; won one WTA title at Paris [Indoors] (d. Safarova in final); runner-up twice at Amelia Island (l. to Golovin in final) and Los Angeles (l. to Ivanovic in final); SF at Eastbourne (ret. vs. Mauresmo w/right pectoral muscle strain); QF six times at Antwerp, Miami, Berlin, San Diego, Toronto and Stuttgart (ret. vs. w/hip strain, then withdrew from Zürich and Linz); reached 4r twice (incl. Wimbledon), 3r three times (incl. Australian Open, US Open) and 2r three times; fell 1r once (Roland Garros).
2006 - Second Top 10 season; won five WTA titles at Doha (d. Mauresmo in final), Amelia Island (d. Schiavone in final), Charleston (d. Schnyder in final), Berlin (d. Henin in final) and Stuttgart (d. Golovin in final); runner-up twice at Moscow (l. to Chakvetadze in final) and Linz (l. to Sharapova in final); SF twice at Auckland (ret. vs. Bartoli w/left groin strain) and Antwerp (l. to Mauresmo); QF five times at Sydney, Australian Open (l. to Sharapova), Paris [Indoors], Miami and Beijing; mid-season marred by hip injury, falling 1r at Roland Garros (l. to Morigami) then withdrawing from grass court season, then five straight pre-QF exits upon return (l. openers at San Diego, Los Angeles, Montréal and New Haven then falling 3r at US Open); had only two other pre-QF exits (l. 1r at Dubai in February; l. 2r at Luxembourg in October); fell in RR at WTA Finals (went 1-2 in RR); made Top 5 debut on April 17 (after Charleston; rose from No.7 to No.5) and set career-high No.3 on May 15 (after Berlin); won one WTA doubles title.
2005 - First Top 10 season; won one WTA title at Linz (d. Schnyder in final); runner-up twice at Berlin (l. to Henin in final) and Bangkok (l. to Vaidisova in final); SF four times at Paris [Indoors] (l. to Mauresmo), Amelia Island (l. to Davenport), Roland Garros (second Grand Slam SF; l. to Henin) and Philadelphia (withdrew w/right heel bruise); QF 10 times at Gold Coast, Sydney, Charleston, 's-Hertogenbosch, Wimbledon (l. to Sharapova), Los Angeles, Toronto, US Open (l. to Sharapova), Luxembourg and Filderstadt; reached 4r twice (incl. Australian Open), 3r once and 2r four times (no 1r losses); fell in RR at WTA Finals (went 1-2 in RR); set career-high doubles ranking No.3.
2004 - Another Top 20 season; runner-up at Gold Coast (l. to Sugiyama in final); SF five times at Miami (l. to Dementieva), Amelia Island (l. to Davenport), Bali (l. to Kuznetsova), Linz (l. to Bovina) and Philadelphia (l. to Zvonareva); QF five times at Charleston, Los Angeles, US Open (l. to Kuznetsova), Beijing and Zürich; made Top 10 debut on April 5 (rose from No.11 to No.9); won seven WTA doubles titles, incl. WTA Finals (all w/Shaughnessy).
2003 - First Top 20 season; runner-up at Linz (l. to Sugiyama in final); SF four times at Roland Garros (first Grand Slam SF; l. to Clijsters), 's-Hertogenbosch, Zürich (l. to Henin both times) and Philadelphia (l. to Myskina); QF twice at San Diego and Leipzig; reached 4r once (US Open), 3r four times (incl. other two majors) and 2r four times; fell 1r four times and in qualifying three times; made Top 20 debut on August 18 (rose from No.22 to No.20); won one WTA doubles title.
2002 - Injury-plagued season; promising start, reaching SF at Gold Coast (ret. vs. V.Williams w/right pectoral strain); subsequently withdrew from Hobart, then missed all events until August w/left foot injury; went from inside Top 30 to as low as No.169 in September, but was No.111 by year's end; won one WTA doubles title.
2001 - First Top 50 season; SF at Amelia Island (l. to Coetzer); reached 4r twice (Roland Garros, Wimbledon), 3r twice and 2r six times (incl. other two majors); fell 1r 10 times and in qualifying once; won two WTA doubles titles.
2000 - Another Top 100 season; QF at Miami; reached 3r once (Australian Open) and 2r six times (incl. Wimbledon, US Open); fell 1r seven times (incl. Roland Garros) and in qualifying three times; made Top 50 debut on September 25 (rose from No.52 to No.50).
1999 - First Top 100 season; reached 2r three times (incl. Wimbledon); fell 1r twice (incl. Australian Open) and in qualifying eight times (incl. other two majors); made Top 100 debut on November 8 (rose from No.113 to No.95).
1998 - Played first two WTA main draws, falling 1r at Warsaw (as WC) but reaching 2r at Moscow (as WC); fell in qualifying twice (incl. US Open); won three singles titles on ITF Circuit.
1997 - Won one singles title on ITF Circuit.
1996 - Played first two events of career on ITF Circuit.