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Father’s name is Alexey Bardin, mother's name is Svetlana; has one sister, Taisia ... Introduced to tennis at age 7 by father on neighborhood courts ... Baseliner whose favorite shot is serve, and favorite surfaces are grass and clay ... Also enjoys swimming, horseback riding, skating, singing and playing the guitar ... Speaks Russian and English ... Favorite movie is Gladiator; favorite actor is Brad Pitt ... Favorite music is classical ... Favorite food is seafood ... Relaxes by going for walks with friends ... Goal is to reach Top 10.
Official Web site: www.vasilisabardina.net
Winner: 2006 - ITF/Pelham, AB-USA, ITF/Jackson, MS-USA; 2004 - ITF/Lagos 4-NGR.
Finalist (1): 2007 - Hobart.
Winner: 2006 - ITF/Redding, CA-USA (w/Rolle); 2004 - ITF/Protvino-RUS (w/Vorobieva); 2003 - ITF/Sidi Fredj-ALG (w/Valkova).
Semifinalist (1): 2007 - Strasbourg (w/Dushevina).
Career in Review
2003 - Contested first three events of career on ITF Circuit, reaching one singles SF and winning first career title in doubles at $10K ITF/Sidi Fredj-ALG (w/Valkova).
2004 - Played exclusively on ITF Circuit, winning first ever ITF Circuit singles title (at $10K ITF/Lagos 4-NGR) and second career ITF Circuit doubles title (at $10K ITF/Protvino-RUS w/Vorobieva).
2005 - Contested Tour qualifying for first time at Bangkok (ret. during 1r vs. Harkleroad w/right shoulder tendonitis); other than that, played exclusively on ITF Circuit.
2006 - First Top 100 finish after qualifying for first six Tour main draws of career; made Tour main draw debut (and Grand Slam main draw debut) as a qualifier at Wimbledon (l. 1r to fellow qualifier Tu); other five came during summer hardcourt season, making 2r at Cincinnati (d. Sromova; l. to Bartoli in 3s), Stanford (notched 100th career singles match win in qualifying 1r vs. Joshi, then d. Mirza in 1r before falling to Groenefeld) and San Diego (l. to eventual champion Sharapova 64 61, having led 4-2 first set) but falling 1r at Los Angeles (ret. vs. Vesnina w/right shoulder strain) and US Open (l. to No.21 seed Peer); fell in Tour qualifying five times, incl. Roland Garros; won second, third career ITF Circuit singles titles at $25K ITF/Pelham, AL-USA and $25K ITF/Jackson, MS-USA, and third career ITF Circuit doubles title at $25K ITF/Redding, CA-USA (w/Rolle); made singles Top 100 debut on July 31 (moved from No.111 to No.98 after Stanford).