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Personal

Coached by father, Kiril (former canoe champion) ... Mother, Radosveta, is a former swimming champion; has one brother, Encho, and one sister, Elisaveta ... Introduced to tennis at age 4 ... Likes Bulgarian music, watching TV, swimming and canoeing; favorite movie is Gladiator.

Career Highlights

SINGLES
Winner (1): 2014 - Sydney.

ADDITIONAL
Bulgarian Fed Cup Team, 2003-13, 2015; Bulgarian Olympic Team, 2008, 2012, 2016.

Career in Review

2015 - Near-Top 50 season (finishing No.59); SF at Sydney (l. to Kvitova); QF twice at Eastbourne and Istanbul; reached 3r twice (incl. Roland Garros) and 2r six times (incl. Australian Open); fell 1r 10 times (incl. other two majors and Wuhan - l. to Giorgi 26 62 75; held 1mp at 5-4 third set) and in qualifying once.

2014 - Second-best season to date (finishing No.39); won one WTA title at Sydney (d. Kerber in final); QF twice at Linz and Moscow; reached 3r once and 2r six times (incl. Australian Open, Roland Garros and US Open); fell 1r seven times (incl. Wimbledon) and in qualifying five times; fell in RR at Sofia (went 0-3).

2013 - First non-Top 100 season since 2004 (finishing No.108); QF twice at Hobart and 's-Hertogenbosch; reached 4r once (Wimbledon) and 2r twice; fell 1r 13 times (incl. other three majors) and in qualifying five times; fell in RR at Sofia (went 0-3).

2012 - Fourth Top 50 season (finishing No.42); SF at Sofia (l. to Wozniacki); QF three times at Brussels, Eastbourne and Bastad; reached 4r once (US Open), 3r once and 2r eight times (incl. other three majors and Olympics); fell 1r eight times and in qualifying once.

2011 - Another Top 50 season (finishing No.46); QF twice at Wimbledon (second Grand Slam QF; l. to Kvitova) and Palermo (l. to Pennetta); reached 2r nine times (incl. other three majors); fell 1r 11 times.

2010 - Best season to date (finishing No.35); reached first Grand Slam SF at Wimbledon (l. to Zvonareva; was first player representing Bulgaria, male or female, to reach a Grand Slam SF); QF at Warsaw; reached 2r nine times (incl. Australian Open and US Open); fell 1r four times (incl. Roland Garros) and in qualifying seven times.

2009 - Another Top 100 season; QF twice at Hobart and Moscow; reached 2r five times (incl. Australian Open); fell 1r 13 times (incl. other three majors).

2008 - First Top 50 season (finishing No.46); SF at Istanbul (l. to A.Radwanska); QF at Rome; reached 2r 10 times (incl. Australian Open, Roland Garros and Olympics); fell 1r six times (incl. Wimbledon, US Open) and in qualifying four times; made Top 50 debut on May 19 (rose from No.64 to No.47).

2007 - Another Top 100 season; SF at Stockholm (l. to A.Radwanska); reached 2r four times (incl. US Open); fell 1r six times (incl. other three majors) and in qualifying nine times; won one singles title on ITF Circuit.

2006 - Another Top 100 season; SF at Stockholm (l. to Zheng); reached 3r once and 2r 10 times (incl. Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon); fell 1r four times (incl. US Open) and in qualifying four times.

2005 - First Top 100 season; reached first two SFs in first and third WTA main draws, at Istanbul (l. to V.Williams) and Palermo (l. to Medina Garrigues); made Top 100 debut on July 25 (after Palermo; rose from No.128 to No.99); fell in qualifying five times (incl. US Open); won one singles title on ITF Circuit.

2004 - Continued to play on ITF Circuit.

2003 - Won three singles titles on ITF Circuit.

2002 - Played first events of career on ITF Circuit, winning one singles title.