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Favorite surface is hard and favorite shot is forehand...Mother introduced her to the game at the age of 7; played at CSKA tennis club; no one else in family plays...Coached by Larissa Preobrajenskaya...Mother's name is Tamara...Graduated high school in 1996; is a student at Moscow State University of Econimics...Favorites include the color blue, red roses, shrimp, the movie Joe Black, actor Brad Pitt and the book War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy...Other sports interests include basketball and figure skating...Enjoys spending time with friends when off the tour...Relaxes by listening to music...Pet peeve is people not speaking the truth...Self-described as shy, but enjoys a good laugh...Admires Yevgeny Kafelnikov because he did a lot for Russian sports; also admires her coach, Larissa Preobrajenskaya, because no matter her age, she always makes time to help.
Winner (0 WTA Tour): 1998 - ITF/Bastad-SWE; 1995 - ITF/Moscow-RUS.
Career in Review
1994-1995 - Lost in 1r of 1994 ITF Circuit event in Moscow, Russia, her only appearance on the ITF Circuit during the year; unranked and unseeded, won same event the following year, upsetting top two seeds (and the No. 8 seed) en route, No. 198-ranked, No. 2 seed Tatiana Panova 64 75 (in 2r) and No. 167-ranked top-seed Olga Ivanova 62 26 61 in final
1996 - Failed to qualify for WTA Tour Moscow; finalist at ITF/Sochi-RUS
1997 - Failed to qualify for WTA Tour Moscow; finalist at ITF/Nino Pallumbo-ITA
1998 - Kicked off year with first singles title of career, at ITF/Bastad-SWE; ranked No. 259, and seeded No. 3, dropped only one set en route to title (d. No. 501 Wolfbrandt in final)
1999 - Reached final round in Moscow qualifying, falling to No. 57-ranked, No. 2 seed countrywoman Dementieva; won first ITF Circuit doubles title (ITF/Tbslisi-GEO)
2000 - Except for 2000 Moscow, where she lost in 1r of qualifying to No. 56-ranked top seed Jeyaseelan, competed on the ITF Circuit exclusively; reached two finals, both in Russia
2001 - Played exclusively on the ITF Circuit; reached one final (at ITF/Sofia-BUL) in 12 events
2002 - Qualified for Roland Garros and reached 2r when No. 66-ranked Schwartz retired in 1r at 26 75 5-2; lost to No. 47-ranked Paola Suarez 64 64; ranked No. 168, qualified for Sopot and went on to upset No. 87-ranked Kostanic 62 26 76(2) in 1r, before falling to former world-No. 1, No. 3 seed Sanchez-Vicario 75 62
2003 - LL into Memphis main draw when seventh seed Loit withdrew, then d. qualifier Ospina, who had defeated her in the last round of qualifying, in 1r of main draw before l. to WC Gullickson in 3s; as No. 8 seed, was upset in 1r at ITF/Tbilisi-GEO by qualifier Uvarova; at Tashkent, as a world No. 247 qualifier, l. 1r to world No. 116 Beygelzimer
2004 - As world No.331 qualifier at Tashkent, d. No.334 WC Amanmuradova in 1r, then withdrew prior to 2r vs. eventual finalist No.80 Razzano due to an upper respiratory infection; failed to qualify at two other Tour events; reached three doubles finals on ITF Circuit, winning two