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Mother's name is Olga Makarova; father's name is Valery; brother's name is Andrey ... Introduced to tennis at age 6; began playing at Club Luzhniki ... Baseliner whose favorite surfaces are hard and grass ... Speaks Russian and English ... Likes pop music; favorite singers are Rihanna and Michael Jackson ... Favorite foods are pizza and chocolate molten cake ... Enjoys dancing, spending time with family and friends, shopping and cooking ... Admires Anastasia Myskina ... Favorite tournament is US Open.
Winner (3): 2017 - Washington D.C.; 2014 - Pattaya City; 2010 - Eastbourne.
Finalist (2): 2009 - Fès, Oeiras.
Winner (15): 2019 - St. Petersburg (w/Gasparyan); 2018 - Madrid (w/Vesnina), Cincinnati (w/Hradecka); 2017 - Dubai, Wimbledon, Toronto (all w/Vesnina); 2016 - Montréal, Olympics, WTA Finals (all w/Vesnina); 2014 - US Open (w/Vesnina); 2013 - Indian Wells, Roland Garros (both w/Vesnina); 2012 - Beijing, Moscow (both w/Vesnina); 2009 - Fès (w/Kleybanova).
Finalist (21): 2019 - Dubai (w/Hradecka); 2018 - Australian Open, Indian Wells (both w/Vesnina), Montréal (w/L.Chan); 2017 - Rome, Brisbane (both w/Vesnina); 2016 - Rome, Roland Garros (both w/Vesnina); 2015 - Indian Wells, Miami, Wimbledon (all w/Vesnina); 2014 - Australian Open, Miami (both w/Vesnina); 2013 - WTA Finals (w/Vesnina); 2012 - Madrid, Rome (both w/Vesnina); 2011 - Paris [Indoors] (w/Dushevina), Luxembourg (w/Hradecka); 2009 - Beijing (w/Kudryavtseva); 2008 - Fès (w/Kleybanova), Portoroz (w/Dushevina).
Winner (1): 2012 - US Open (w/Soares).
Finalist (1): 2010 - Australian Open (w/Levinsky).
Russian Fed Cup Team, 2008, 2010-11, 2013-14, 2016-17; Russian Olympic Team, 2012, 2016.
Career in Review
2017 - Finished 2017 season at No.33 – first year-end finish outside Top 30 since 2011 but eighth non-consecutive Top 50 season in singles and fifth straight Top 10 season in doubles (at No.3); in singles, 2017 season highlighted by winning third career singles title at Washington, DC (d. Goerges in F), QF at Wuhan (l. Garcia) and 4r at Australian Open (l. Konta); while doubles season highlighted by third Grand Slam title at Wimbledon (w/Vesnina) – defeated Chan H.C/Niculescu in F without dropping a game; also won doubles titles at Dubai and Toronto and reached finals at Brisbane and Rome (all w/Vesnina); Team of Makarova/Vesnina qualified for fourth straight WTA Finals (2013-17); falling in SF to Bertens/Larsson..
2016 – Fifth consecutive Top 30 season (finished ranked No.30); QF four times at Sydney (l. to Bencic), Miami (l. to Kuznetsova), Eastbourne (l. to Konta) and New Haven (l. to Kvitova); advanced to R16 three times at Australian Open (l. to Konta), Wimbledon (l. to Vesnina) and Rio Olympics (l. Kvitova); reached 3r at Indian Wells; 2r eight times (incl. Madrid, Roland Garros and Beijing); fell 1r five times (incl. US Open); won gold medal at Rio Olympics (w/Vesnina, d. Bacsinszky/Hingis) and two WTA doubles title (incl. WTA Finals).
2015 - Near-Top 20 season (finishing No.23); SF twice at Australian Open (second Grand Slam SF; l. to Sharapova) and Washington DC (l. to Pavlyuchenkova); QF twice at Dubai (l. to Halep) and Stuttgart (l. to Kerber); reached 4r three times (incl. Roland Garros and US Open), 3r three times and 2r five times (incl. Wimbledon); fell 1r once; made Top 10 debut on January 5 (rose from No.11 to No.10) and set career-high No.8 on April 6 (after Miami); struggled w/right leg injury during second half of season (withdrew from Cincinnati, New Haven, Wuhan and Moscow).
2014 - Breakthrough near-Top 10 season (finishing No.12); won one WTA title at Pattaya City (d. Ka.Pliskova in final); SF three times at Washington DC (l. to Kuznetsova), Montréal (l. to A.Radwanska) and US Open (first Grand Slam SF; l. to S.Williams); QF twice at Eastbourne (l. to Kerber) and Wimbledon (l. to Safarova); reached 4r twice (incl. Australian Open), 3r three times (incl. Roland Garros) and 2r seven times; fell 1r twice; fell in RR stage in Sofia (went 0-2 then withdrew from event w/back injury); also won second Grand Slam doubles title at US Open (w/Vesnina).
2013 - Another Top 30 season; SF at Washington DC (l. to Rybarikova); QF five times at Australian Open (l. to Sharapova), Madrid, Eastbourne, New Haven and US Open (l. to Li); reached 3r once (Wimbledon) and 2r seven times; fell 1r four times (incl. Roland Garros); won two WTA doubles titles w/Vesnina (incl. first Grand Slam doubles title at Roland Garros); made doubles Top 10 debut on January 28 (rose from No.11 to No.10) and doubles Top 5 debut on June 10 (rose from No.7 to No.5), setting doubles career-high No.4 on July 8; missed all post-US Open events in singles w/right wrist injury (withdrew from Seoul, Tokyo [Pan Pacific], Beijing and Moscow).
2012 - First Top 20 season (finishing No.20); SF twice at Birmingham (l. to Oudin) and Seoul (l. to Wozniacki); QF at Australian Open (l. to Sharapova); reached 4r once, 3r three times (incl. US Open) and 2r four times (incl. Wimbledon); fell 1r seven times (incl. Roland Garros); made Top 20 debut on October 1 (after Tokyo [Pan Pacific]; rose from No.22 to No.20); won two WTA doubles titles (both w/Vesnina).
2011 - Another Top 100 season; reached 4r twice (Australian Open, Roland Garros), 3r once and 2r eight times; fell 1r 12 times (incl. other two majors) and in qualifying once.
2010 - Another Top 50 season; won first WTA title at Eastbourne (d. Azarenka in final); QF at Seoul; reached 2r seven times (incl. Australian Open, Wimbledon); fell 1r 12 times (incl. other two majors) and in qualifying three times.
2009 - Another Top 100 season; runner-up twice, at Fès (l. to Medina Garrigues) and Estoril (l. to Wickmayer); QF at Eastbourne; reached 4r once and 2r seven times (incl. Australian Open, Wimbledon); fell 1r 11 times (incl. other two majors); won one WTA doubles title.
2008 - First Top 50 season; QF three times at Eastbourne, Forest Hills and Seoul; reached 3r three times (incl. Australian Open, US Open) and 2r six times (incl. Roland Garros); fell 1r eight times (incl. Wimbledon) and in qualifying twice; made Top 100 debut on January 28 (after Australian Open; rose from No.110 to No.83) and Top 50 debut on June 23 (after Eastbourne; rose from No.62 to No.48).
2007 - Played first two WTA main draws, falling 1r at Los Angeles but 3r at US Open (l. to Henin); fell in qualifying seven times (incl. Roland Garros, Wimbledon); won one singles title and three doubles titles on ITF Circuit.
2006 - Fell in WTA qualifying once; won four doubles titles on ITF Circuit.
2005 - Fell in WTA qualifying three times (incl. US Open); won one doubles title on ITF Circuit.
2004 - Played first WTA qualifying at Moscow; won two singles and one doubles title on ITF Circuit.
2003 - Played first events of career on ITF Circuit.