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Coached by George Akopian ... Mother introduced her to tennis at age 6; hit balls against school building for practice ... FatherÆs name is Simon Linetsky, mother is Maria (an artist) ... Studied psychology for three years at Moscow University and plans to receive online education to receive an MBA ... Speaks Russian, English and some Dutch ... Favorites include dark blue, the movie Troy, pop music, TolstoyÆs War and Peace and apple juice ... Relaxes by walking in forests or visiting theme parks ... Finds something good in every city she visits ... Superstitious about stepping on court lines ... Pet peeves include rainy weather, dishonest people and gossip ... In tennis, most admires Martina Hingis and Steffi Graf.
Winner: 2007 - ITF/Montechoro-POR, ITF/Ramat Hasharon 2-ISR, ITF/Raanana-ISR; 2004 - ITF/Jackson, MS-USA, ITF/Bronx, NY-USA; 2003 - ITF/St. Petersburg-RUS; 2002 - ITF/Minsk-BLR.
Semifinalist (2): 2005 - Pattaya City, Memphis.
Quarterfinalist (2): 2005 - Rome; 2004 - Tokyo [Japan Open].
Winner: 2007 - ITF/Raanana-ISR (w/Obziler).
Career in Review
2001 - Played first events of career on ITF Circuit in Belgium.
2002 - Played first Tour qualifying at Moscow (as WC); won one singles title on ITF Circuit.
2003 - Played Tour qualifying at Bol; won one singles title on ITF Circuit.
2004 - Played first three Tour main draws, reaching QF at Tokyo [Japan Open] (l. to Washington) and 2r at US Open (as qualifier, l. to Kostanic Tosic) and Tashkent; fell in Tour qualifying eight times (incl. Australian Open, Wimbledon); won two singles titles on ITF Circuit; made Top 100 debut on October 18 at No.97.
2005 - Best season to date, reaching first two Tour SF at Pattaya City (d. No.2 seed Zvonareva en route; ret. vs. No.3 seed Martinez w/heat illness) and Memphis (l. to top seed Zvonareva) and QF at Tier I Rome (l. to No.8 seed Schnyder); also reached 4r at Australian Open (l. to No.2 seed Mauresmo) and Indian Wells (d. No.2 seed Mauresmo en route; l. to Clijsters); wins over world No.11 Zvonareva (Pattaya City) and world No.2 Mauresmo (Indian Wells) were first career Top 20 wins; reached 2r three times (incl. US Open); fell 1r eight times (incl. Roland Garros, Wimbledon); fell in Tour qualifying three times; made Top 50 debut on February 21 (after Memphis; rose from No.57 to No.47) and reached career-high No.35 on July 4 (after Wimbledon); withdrew from Charleston and Warsaw w/left wrist sprain and from Guangzhou and Tokyo [Japan Open] w/wrist injury; ret. in Toronto 1r w/gastrointestinal illness, also forcing withdrawal from New Haven.
2006 - Fell 1r at Gold Coast and Hobart then ret. during Australian Open 1r vs. No.25 seed Kirilenko; withdrew from Roland Garros w/left wrist injury.
2007 - Returned to action on ITF Circuit, winning three singles titles and one doubles title.