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Coached by Roman Kislianskii ... Father's name is Anton; mother's name is Anna; younger brother's name is Ilya (plays ice hockey) ... Introduced to sport by father; liked it and was soon practicing at Spartak Club in Moscow ... Moved to Paris to attend Mouratoglou Academy after winning a big Under 14s event; has trained there ever since ... Baseliner whose favorite shot is forehand; favorite surface is clay ... Australian Open and US Open are favorite tournaments ... Tennis idols were Martina Hingis and Justine Henin - still watches videos of Henin on YouTube ... Also enjoys dancing, music, singing, Sudoku, playing cards and chess ... Person she would most like to meet is Eminem ... Changed representation from Russia to Kazakhstan in May 2012.
Winner (1): 2019 - Nürnberg.
Finalist (2): 2018 - Guangzhou; 2017 - St. Petersburg.
Kazakhstani Fed Cup Team, 2014-19.
Career in Review
2019 - Highlights of 2019 season include lifting maiden WTA singles title at Nürnberg (d. Zidansek in F), earning biggest win of career by ousting World No.1 Osaka to reach Birmingham QF (l. Goerges) and going on to defeat World No.2 Osaka a second time to reach Wimbledon 2r (l. Golubic). In addition to Wimbledon run, made 2r showing at Australian Open (d. No.34 Strycova, l. Bencic) and fell 1r at Roland Garros (l. Martic) before defeating No.23 Sabalenka to record career-best run at US Open by advancing to 3r (l. Vekic).
2018 - Second Top 50 season (finishing No.45); runner-up at Guangzhou (l. to Q.Wang in final); QF at Roland Garros (l. to Keys), Washington DC (l. to Kuznetsova) and Taipei CIty (l. to Kozlova); reached 2r seven times (incl. Australian Open and Wimbledon); fell 1r 10 times (incl. US Open) and in qualifying twice.
2017 - Third consecutive Top 100 season in 2017, finishing at No.53 as Kazakhstan’s No.1 player, of just two women inside the Top 100 (also Diyas); advanced to first WTA final at any level at St. Petersburg (and first SF at Premier-level) after notching two Top 10 wins over No.8 Kuznetsova and No.5 Cibulkova (l. Mladenovic in F) – became first woman from Kazakhstan to reach a WTA singles final since Shvedova at 2015 Bogota (l. Pereira); rose to new career-high ranking of No.27 on February 6, 2017 following her run to the final; QF twice at Nurnberg (l. to Cirstea) and Tokyo [Japan Open] (l. to Diyas); reached 3r at Miami and Roland Garros and 2r 10 times (incl. Australian and US Open); fell 1r 12 times (incl. Wimbledon).
2015 - First Top 100 season (finishing No.74); SF at Bastad (l. to Larsson); QF at Nürnberg; reached 2r five times (incl. Roland Garros and Wimbledon); fell 1r 10 times (incl. other two majors) and in qualifying nine times.
2014 - QF twice at Bastad and Osaka; reached 2r once; fell 1r three times (incl. Australian Open) and in qualifying 11 times (incl. other two majors).
2013 - Reached 2r five times (incl. Australian Open and Roland Garros); fell 1r seven times (incl. Wimbledon) and in qualifying five times; made Top 100 debut on February 4 (rose from No.101 to No.99); withdrew from US Open w/back injury.
2012 - Played first two WTA main draws, reaching 2r at Copenhagen (as WC) but falling 1r at Palermo; fell in qualifying three times (incl. Roland Garros and US Open); won two singles titles on ITF Circuit.
2011 - Fell in Luxembourg qualifying; won three singles titles on ITF Circuit.
2010 - Played first WTA main draw at Luxembourg, falling 1r (as WC).
2009 - Made first appearance in Luxembourg qualifying (as WC).