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Began playing tennis at age 8...Coached by Valery Kovalyov, with whom she started playing tennis...Prefers hard courts...Father, Gennady, is director of a university; mother, Tatyana, is a teacher; has one brother, Nickolay...Graduated from high school in 1996...Favorite place to visit is Lake Kariba, between Zimbabwe and Zambia...Other sports interests include ice skating and skiing...Least favorite thing about being on the pro tour is packing and carrying bags...Favorites include the books When the Lion Feeds and The Burning Shore, the movie French Kiss and the actor William Baldwin.
Winner: 2001 - ITF/Sutton-GBR, ITF/Jackson-USA, ITF/Southampton-GBR, ITF/Hayward-USA, ITF-Hattiesburg-USA; 1996 - ITF/Sao Paulo-BRA.
Winner (3): 2002 - Canberra (w/de Villiers), Porto (w/Black); 1999 - Warsaw (w/Cristea). Finalist (3): 2002 - Waikoloa (w/de Villiers); 2000 - Scottsdale (w/Black), Birmingham (w/Black). Semifinalist (8): 2003 - Strasbourg (w/McShea); 2000 - Gold Coast (w/Tatarkova); Oklahoma City (w/Black), Los Angeles (w/Krizan); 1999 - Miami (w/Black); 1998 - Boston (w/Black), Moscow (w/Black), Luxembourg (w/Black).
Kazakhstan Fed Cup Team 1995.
Career in Review
1996 - Debuted on ITF Circuit at two events, winning second tournament (in Sao Paulo) by eliminating top seed in 2r
1997 - Competed at six ITF Circuit events, three as a qualifier, and reached three QF
1998 - Debuted on WTA Tour at Bol, as a qualifier, falling 1r to world No. 23 Kruger; failed to qualify at four other Tour events, including the US Open; competed in 11 ITF Circuit events, five as a qualifier, and reached one final
1999 - Appeared in three WTA Tour events, twice as a qualifier, falling 1r in each; failed to qualify at seven Tour events, including Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open; won Warsaw (w/Cristea) for career-first WTA Tour doubles title and reached SF at Miami w/Black, l. to world No. 1 team Hingis/Novotna in 3s; reached a final on ITF Circuit in 11 events, five as a qualifier
2000 - In 12 attempts to qualify for WTA Tour events (including all four Grand Slams), succeeded once, at Tokyo [Pan Pacific], and won 1r match; reached doubles final at Scottsdale w/Black, but final was canceled due to rain; also a finalist with Black in Birmingham; reached one SF in six ITF Circuit starts; W-L for year was 12-19 at 19
2001 - In nine attempts to qualify at WTA Tour events, succeeded at Toronto (l. 1r); claimed six ITF Circuit singles titles in 19 starts
2002 - At Canberra w/de Villiers won second WTA Tour doubles title of career by passing top seeds Likhovtseva/Loit in QF; as world No. 85, made Australian Open debut, falling to No. 68 Hopkins 1r in 3s; withdrew from Memphis prior to 2r match due to upper respiratory infection; captured second doubles crown of year (third of career) at Porto w/Black; made Roland Garros debut, losing 1r to WC, 2000 champion Pierce; debuted at Wimbledon, falling 1r to Arn; doubles finalist at Hawaii w/De Villiers, d. top seeds in SF before falling to No. 2 seeds
2003 - Reached doubles SF at Strasbourg w/McShea