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Currently coached by Ivo Klec. Previously worked with Vladimír Pláteník, Thomas Drouet and Mislav Hizak
Mother Elena travels on tour and sometimes coaches her; father’s name is Vladimir
Did not win a single game in first match as a junior
Likes hard courts
Favorite shot is forehand
Played both tennis and chess to a high level as a teenager before concentrating on tennis
Likes to read – Jack London and Erich Maria Remarque are her favorite authors. Also fond of classic Russian literature and sports autobiographies (Andre Agassi, Usain Bolt, Rafa Nadal, Andy Murray)
Speaks Russian, Slovak, French and English
Winner (1): 2018 - Rabat (w/Olaru).
Finalist (2): 2021 - Phillip Island Trophy (w/Potapova); 2019 - Hua Hin (w/Y.Wang).
WTA 125K Series Titles - Singles (1): 2019 - New Haven. Doubles (1): 2019 - New Haven (w/Kalashnikova).
Russian Fed Cup Team, 2017, 2020.
Career in Review
2019 - Reached first two WTA semifinals of her career in 2019, at Guangzhou and Luxembourg. Also made QF at the Bronx, reached 3r at Roland Garros and lifted WTA 125K Series title at New Haven. Scored second career Top 20 win over No.12 Sevastova at 2019 Doha (also beat No.13 Mladenovic at the same tournament in 2018).
2018 - First Top 100 season (finishing No.98); reached 3r once and 2r five times (incl. Wimbledon); fell 1r seven times (incl. Australian Open and US Open) and in qualifying six times (incl. Roland Garros); made Top 100 debut on August 20; won one singles and one doubles title on ITF CIrcuit.
2017 - Reached 2r twice (incl. Australian Open); fell 1r five times (incl. Wimbledon and US Open) and in qualifying four times (incl. Roland Garros); won two doubles titles on ITF Circuit.
2016 - Reached 2r once and fell 1r on WTA main draw debut at Rabat; won two singles and two doubles titles on ITF Circuit.
2015 - Fell in qualifying at Moscow; won one doubles title on ITF Circuit.