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Coached by Michel Van de Sanden... Mother, Natalia, was Olympic bronze medalist in field hockey (introduced her to tennis at age 6) ... Husband, Alexander Kucher is a former officer who worked in the administration of the Moscow Oblast; their daughter Evelina was born in 2016 ... Baseliner; likes all surfaces ... Has two degrees (one from Russian State Academy of Physical Education, the second in international economic relations at Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation in Moscow) ... Loves travelling; favorites include mom's cooking, "Peter the First" by Tolstoy and actor Matt Damon ... Other interests include volleyball, hockey, computers, reading and listening to music ... Works with International Rett Syndrome Foundation to increase awareness and raise funds for research (Rett Syndrome is a nervous system disorder that leads to developmental reversals); after 2010 US Open, donated portion of prize money and went to Russia to help create organizing committee for Russian Rett Syndrome Foundation (also serves on board of directors).
Winner (12): 2011 - Doha, Baku; 2010 - Pattaya City; 2009 - Pattaya City, Indian Wells; 2008 - Prague, Guangzhou; 2006 - Birmingham, Cincinnati; 2005 - Memphis; 2004 - Memphis; 2003 - Bol.
Finalist (18): 2011 - Carlsbad, Tokyo [Pan Pacific]; 2010 - Charleston, Wimbledon, Montréal, US Open, Beijing; 2008 - Hobart, Doha, Charleston, Moscow, Linz, WTA Finals; 2007 - Auckland; 2006 - Auckland; 2004 - Cincinnati, Philadelphia; 2002 - Palermo.
Winner (9): 2019 - Budapest (w/Alexandrova); 2018 - St. Petersburg (w/Bacsinszky), Moscow [River Cup] (w/Potapova); 2012 - Australian Open (w/Kuznetsova); 2009 - Indian Wells (w/Azarenka); 2006 - Auckland (w/Likhovtseva), US Open (w/Dechy); 2005 - Berlin (w/Likhovtseva); 2004 - Moscow (w/Myskina).
Finalist (6): 2010 - Wimbledon (w/Vesnina); 2008 - Stanford (w/Vesnina); 2005 - Eastbourne, Stanford (both w/Likhovtseva); 2004 - Memphis (w/Sharapova); 2003 - Moscow (w/Myskina).
Winner (2): 2006 - Wimbledon (w/Ram); 2004 - US Open (w/B.Bryan).
Russian Fed Cup Team, 2003-04, 2008, 2011; Russian Olympic Team, 2008, 2012.
Career in Review
2018 - QF at Moscow [Kremlin Cup]; reached 2r four times (incl .US Open); fell 1r four times (incl. Wimbledon) and in qualifying twice (incl. Australian Open); won two WTA doubles titles.
2017 - SF at Tashkent (l. to Bondarenko); fell in qualifying twice; won one singles title on ITF Circuit.
2015 - Played eight events during first three and a half months of season, best results being two QFs at Shenzhen and Pattaya City (l. to Erakovic 26 76(6) 75; held 3mp - 1mp at 6-5 in second set tie-break and 2mp at 5-3 third set); reached 2r three times (incl. Australian Open) and fell 1r three times; did not play any events after Katowice in mid-April.
2014 - Played five events during first half of season (finishing No.251); best results were 3r at Wimbledon (l. to Diyas) and 2r at Pattaya City (l. to Makarova); fell 1r three times (incl. Australian Open); struggled w/right shoulder injury throughout season (withdrew from Marrakech, Montréal, Beijing and Tianjin).
2013 - Did not play (withdrew from all events w/right shoulder injury - underwent surgery in February).
2012 - Lowest finish in 11 years after injury and illness-marred season (finishing No.98); played 10 events from January to July, reaching QF twice at Pattaya City and Charleston, 3r four times (incl. Australian Open, Wimbledon and Olympics) and 2r twice, and falling 1r twice; also won won second Grand Slam doubles title at Australian Open (w/Kuznetsova); struggled in that stretch with various ailments, first left hip injury (retired in Pattaya City QF and Doha 2r and withdrew from Dubai), illness (withdrew prior to Indian Wells 3r match), right shoulder injury (withdrew from Stuttgart, Rome, Roland Garros and Eastbourne) and upper respiratory illness (retired in Wimbledon 3r); then missed all post-Olympics events w/illness (withdrew from Montréal, Cincinnati, US Open, Québec City, Tokyo [Pan Pacific] and Beijing).
2011 - Fourth Top 10 season (finishing No.7); won two WTA titles at Doha (d. Wozniacki in final) and Baku (d. Pervak in final); runner-up twice at Carlsbad and Tokyo [Pan Pacific] (l. to A.Radwanska both times); SF six times at Australian Open (l. to Clijsters), Pattaya City (l. to Hantuchova), Miami (l. to Azarenka), Brussels (l. to Peng), Cincinnati (l. to Sharapova) and WTA Finals (l. to Azarenka; l. to A.Radwanska 16 62 75 in RR, holding 3mp at 5-3 third set); QF four times at Stuttgart, Eastbourne, US Open (l. to Stosur all three times) and Moscow (l. to Cibulkova); reached 4r once (Roland Garros), 3r six times (incl. Wimbledon) and 2r once.
2010 - Best season to date (finishing No.2 behind Wozniacki); strong 19-6 start, highlighted by one WTA title at Pattaya City (d. Tanasugarn in final), runner-up finish at Charleston (l. to Stosur in final), QF at Dubai (l. to Azarenka) and three 4r finishes (incl. Australian Open); only early loss in first seven events came at Sydney (ret. in 1r vs. Vesnina w/right ankle injury); suffered mid-season slump, going 2-4 with four straight early losses (1r at Rome, 2r at Madrid, 2r at Roland Garros, 1r at Eastbourne) and went into Wimbledon ranked No.21; phenomenal 28-8 second half of season pushed her to No.2 on November 8 year-end rankings, a stretch highlighed by first two Grand Slam finals at Wimbledon (l. to S.Williams) and US Open (l. to Clijsters), another two finals at Montréal and Beijing (l. to Wozniacki both times), SF at WTA Finals (l. to Wozniacki) and QF at Tokyo [Pan Pacific] (l. to Dementieva); only early losses in second half of season were 2r at San Diego and 3r at Cincinnati); set new career-highs of No.4 on September 13 (after US Open), No.3 on October 11 (after Beijing) and No.2 on October 25 (going into WTA Finals).
2009 - Another Top 10 season (finishing No.9); went 20-3 to start, winning two WTA titles at Pattaya City (d. Mirza in final) and Indian Wells (d. Ivanovic in final), reaching first Grand Slam SF at Australian Open (l. to Safina), QF at Dubai and 3r runs at Miami and Charleston (ret. vs. Razzano w/right ankle injury); made Top 5 debut on February 2 (after Australian Open; rose from No.7 to No.5); also won one WTA doubles title; right ankle injury from Charleston caused withdrawal from clay court season (Stuttgart, Rome, Madrid, Roland Garros); returned in June and best results rest of season were two QFs at Los Angeles and Beijing; also reached 4r once (US Open - l. to Pennetta 36 76(6) 60; held 6mp - 4mp at 63 65, 2mp at 6-4 in second set tie-break), 3r three times (incl. Wimbledon - withdrew prior to match w/Razzano w/right ankle injury) and 2r twice; fell 1r twice; fell in RR at WTA Finals (was alternate - l. to Wozniacki in first match then withdrew from event w/right ankle injury); underwent minor arthroscopic surgery on right ankle on November 11 to remove scar tissue.
2008 - First Top 10 season (finishing No.7); won two WTA titles at Prague (d. Azarenka in final) and Guangzhou (d. Peng in final); runner-up six times at Hobart (withdrew prior to final vs. Daniilidou w/left ankle injury), Doha (l. to Sharapova in final), Charleston (l. to S.Williams in final), Moscow (l. to Jankovic in final), Linz (l. to Ivanovic in final) and WTA Finals (l. to V.Williams in final); SF three times at Miami (l. to Jankovic), Olympics (l. to Dementieva; d. Li in bronze medal match) and Beijing (l. to Jankovic); QF four times at Auckland, Bangalore, Indian Wells and Stuttgart; reached 4r once (Roland Garros), 3r twice and 2r six times (incl. Wimbledon, US Open); fell 1r once (Australian Open - ret. vs. Sugiyama w/left ankle sprain from Hobart); had equal-most match wins on season (65 - tied with Jankovic).
2007 - Near-Top 20 season (finishing No.23); best results in first three and a half months were runner-up finish at Auckland (l. to Jankovic), SF at Charleston (ret. vs. Safina w/left wrist injury), QF at Indian Wells and 4r twice (incl. Australian Open); reached 2r once; fell 1r twice; missed four months from mid-April to mid-August w/left wrist injury from Charleston (incl. withdrawing from Roland Garros and Wimbledon); returned for five events at end of season, reaching 3r at US Open, QF at Portoroz, SF at Luxembourg (l. to Ivanovic), QF at Moscow, 2r at Zürich and SF at Québec City (l. to Davenport).
2006 - Near-Top 20 season (finishing No.24); won two WTA titles at Birmingham (d. Jackson in final) and Cincinnati (d. Srebotnik in final); runner-up at Auckland (l. to Bartoli in final); SF at Hasselt (l. to Clijsters); QF four times at Stanford, Seoul, Moscow and Linz; reached 3r three times (incl. US Open) and 2r six times; fell 1r eight times (incl. other three majors); won two WTA doubles titles, incl. first Grand Slam doubles title at US Open (w/Dechy); also won second Grand Slam mixed doubles title at Wimbledon (w/Ram).
2005 - Injury-marred season; won one WTA title at Memphis (d. Shaughnessy in final); SF at Rome (l. to Mauresmo); QF three times at Pattaya City, Amelia Island and Tokyo [Japan Open]; reached 3r once (Roland Garros) and 2r 11 times (incl. Australian Open and Wimbledon); fell 1r five times; missed most of summer w/left ankle sprain (withdrew from Los Angeles, Toronto, US Open and Beijing); began season at No.11 but dropped to No.42 by year-end rankings; won one WTA doubles title.
2004 - Another Top 20 season (finishing No.11); won one WTA title at Memphis (d. Raymond in final); runner-up twice at Cincinnati (l. to Davenport in final) and Philadelphia (l. to Mauresmo in final); SF six times at Warsaw (l. to V.Williams), Rome (l. to Mauresmo), Eastbourne (l. to Kuznetsova), San Diego (l. to Myskina 62 67(4) 76(15); led 5-2 third set w/9mp; longest singles third set tie-break in WTA history), Montréal (l. to Mauresmo) and Beijing (l. to S.Williams); QF five times at Amelia Island, Charleston, Los Angeles, Moscow and Linz; reached 4r four times (incl. Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open), 3r twice (incl. Roland Garros) and 2r four times; fell 1r once; made Top 10 debut on August 9 (after Montréal; rose from No.14 to No.9); fell in RR at WTA Finals (went 0-3 in RR); won one WTA doubles title; won first Grand Slam mixed doubles title at US Open (w/B.Bryan).
2003 - First Top 20 season (finishing No.13); won one WTA title at Bol (d. Martínez Granados in final); SF three times at Strasbourg (l. to Sprem), Vienna (l. to Sprem) and Linz (l. to Sugiyama); QF nine times at Auckland, Hobart, Indian Wells, Charleston, Berlin, Roland Garros (l. to Petrova), Toronto, Moscow and Zürich; reached 4r once (Wimbledon), 3r once (US Open) and 2r three times; fell 1r five times (incl. Australian Open); made Top 20 debut on June 9 (after Roland Garros; rose from No.21 to No.20).
2002 - First Top 100 season; runner-up once at Palermo (l. to Diaz-Oliva in final); SF twice at Warsaw (l. to Nagyova) and Sopot (l. to Safina); QF at Bol; reached 4r once (Roland Garros), 3r once (US Open) and 2r twice (incl. Wimbledon); fell 1r three times and in qualifying three times; made Top 100 debut on June 10 (after Roland Garros; rose from No.142 to No.90) and Top 50 debut on September 9 (after US Open; rose from No.57 to No.49); won one singles title on ITF Circuit.
2001 - Fell in WTA qualifying twice.
2000 - Played first WTA main draw at Moscow, reaching 2r (as WC, l. to Kournikova); won one singles title on ITF Circuit.
1999 - Played first event of career on ITF Circuit.