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Coached by Alexei Puchkov ... Baseliner whose favorite shot is backhand; likes all surfaces ... Began playing at age 8 ... Speaks Russian, English ... Self-described as outgoing, bubbly, funny; relaxes by going out with friends, shopping, swimming, horseback riding ... Favorite places to visit are New York, Paris, London, Australia ... Favorite actor is Ben Stiller; favorite movie is Zoolander; favorite artist is Nicki Minaj; enjoys listening to pop, rap, classical, techno ... Favorite food is sushi; favorite drink is hot chocolate mocha.
Finalist (3): 2013 - Florianopolis; 2006 - Kolkata, Québec City.
Career in Review
2013 - Runner-up at Florianopolis (l. to Niculescu in final); reached 2r three times (incl. Wimbledon); fell 1r 13 times (incl. other three majors) and in qualifying seven times; retired in Monterrey 1r w/illness and defaulted in Washington DC 2r match.
2012 - SF at Baku (l. to Cohen); reached 3r once (US Open) and 2r once; fell 1r once and in qualifying 10 times (incl. other three majors); won one singles title on ITF Circuit.
2011 - Fell in WTA qualifying five times; won one singles title on ITF Circuit.
2010 - Fell in WTA qualifying once.
2009 - Fell 1r once and in qualifying four times (incl. Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon).
2008 - Reached 2r three times (incl. Australian Open); fell 1r five times and in qualifying 11 times (incl. other three majors).
2007 - Another Top 100 season; QF at Québec City; reached 2r 11 times (incl. Australian Open, Roland Garros); fell 1r 13 times (incl. other two majors) and in qualifying twice.
2006 - Breakthrough season (finishing No.38); went 15-5 in fall, reaching QF at Bali (l. to Bartoli), final at Kolkata (l. to Hingis), QF at Guangzhou (l. to Chakvetadze), SF at Tashkent (l. to Tulyaganova) and final at Québec City (l. to Bartoli); went into US Open at No.103 but finished year No.38 - made Top 100 debut on September 11 (after US Open; rose from No.103 to No.97) and Top 50 debut on October 9 (after Tashkent; rose from No.58 to No.46); before US Open played two WTA events (Hobart 1r, Birmingham 2r); won three singles titles on ITF Circuit.
2005 - Fell in WTA qualifying once; also played on ITF Circuit.
2004 - Played first WTA qualifying at Philadelphia; won one singles title on ITF Circuit.
2003 - Won one singles title on ITF Circuit.
2002 - Played first events of career on ITF Circuit.