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Father, Vladimir, is an engineer; mother, Lina, is a school teacher; brother, Dmitriy, owns a construction business ... Has collection of teddy bears ... Nickname is Alinka ... Co-owner with husband Sascha Ghods in e-commerce business BeMyPearl.com ... Hobbies include music, going out, reading ... Other sports interests include ice skating, gymnastics ... Favorites include book Memoirs of a Geisha, movie Far and Away, Italian foods and her mom's borscht (Russian soup) ... Favorite cities are Rome (for its culture, food and beauty), Moscow (because it is the soul of Russia), Vienna (for its music) ... Most memorable tennis experiences were playing Davenport for first time at Australian Open and beating Serena Williams at 2004 Linz ... Most memorable non-tennis experience was her first trip outside of Russia at the age of 12 when she went to Italy.
Winner: 2007 - ITF/Tampa-USA; 2002 - ITF/Louisville-USA; 2001 - ITF/Pittsburgh-USA; 2000 - ITF/Hopewell-USA, ITF/Miramar-USA; 1999 - ITF/Miami-USA, ITF/Peachtree-USA; 1998 - ITF/Coatzacoalcos-MEX; 1997 - ITF/Culiacan-MEX.
Winner (1): 2010 - ITF/Dothan-USA (w/Yakimova); 2009 - ITF/Boca Raton-USA (w/Kustova); 2005 - Acapulco (w/Perebiynis); 2001 - ITF/Hallandale Beach-USA, ITF/Hattiesburg-USA; 1999 - ITF/Hopewell-USA (w/Li); 1998 - ITF/Tampico-MEX (w/Engel), ITF/Culiacan-MEX (w/Kolbovic); 1997 - ITF/Mante-MEX (w/Arrangoiz); 1996 - ITF/Langenthal-SUI (w/Vildova).
Finalist (3): 2007 - Cincinnati (w/Poutchek); 2006 - Québec City (w/Craybas); 2003 - Memphis (w/Stewart).
Career in Review
- Played first events of career on ITF Circuit in Russia in 1992; played first WTA main draw at Gold Coast in January 2000 (l. to Cocheteux in 1r).
- Best WTA finishes were three SFs (2002 Memphis, 2004 Vancouver, 2004 Québec City) and four QFs (2002 Hobart, 2003 Québec City, 2004 Vienna, 2004 Linz).
- Had four Top 20 wins, at 2002 Memphis (No.17 Coetzer), 2004 Charleston (No.13 Suárez), 2004 Vienna (No.14 Rubin) and 2004 Linz (No.9 S.Williams - first Top 10 win).
- Played 23 Grand Slams, best finish being 3r in first Grand Slam at 2000 Australian Open (l. to Davenport); made Top 100 debut afterwards on January 31, 2000 (rose from No.122 to No.99) and would set career-high of No.51 on March 7, 2005.
- Won one WTA doubles title (2005 Acapulco w/Perebiynis); also reached three more WTA doubles finals; doubles career-high was No.50 (set August 4, 2003).
- Played last WTA main draw at Istanbul in 2009 (l. to Kerber in 1r).