Coached by Vladimir Perko ... Encouraged to play tennis by her mother, who loved the sport because of its graceful nature ... Fathers name is Volodja; mothers name is Tatiana; older sister, Katya, is a national synchronized swimmer ... Other sports interest includes in-line skating ... Hobbies include listening to music (house, grunge), reading and watching movies.
• Two-time Olympian for Belarus, 1996 and 2000, finishing fourth in 2000 doubles with Zvereva after upsetting two-time medallists and second seeds Sanchez-Vicario/Martinez of Spain• In 1996 junior competition, won the Italian Open, was semifinalist at Roland Garros, quarterfinalist at Wimbledon and the US Open, won the Wimbledon doubles title and reached the doubles final at the Australian Open; in 1994 won the junior championships in Belarus• WTA Tour mentor was Martina Navratilova in the Partners for Success Alumni program
SINGLESWinner: 2002 - ITF/Opole-POL; 1997 - ITF/Bushey-GBR; 1995 - ITF/Poiters-FRA.Finalist (1): 1998 - Istanbul.Semifinalist (1): 1997 - Pattaya City.DOUBLESFinalist (1): 1999 - Bratislava (w/Osterloh).Semifinalist (4): 2000 - Olympics (w/Zvereva); 1999 - Knokke-Heist (w/Loit); 1997 - Gold Coast (w/Richterova), Pattaya City (w/Pleming).ADDITIONALBelarus Fed Cup Team 1998-99, 2001, 2003. Belarus Olympic Team 1996, 2000.
1994 - Played first four ITF Circuit events in the UK and Russia, reaching one QF1995 - Improved ranking 649 spots to No. 263; as a qualifier, won eight straight matches to win first pro title at ITF/Poiters-FRA1996 - Failed to qualify for Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open; fell 1r at Atlanta Olympics to Pierce and played first Tour main draw at Pattaya City, l. 1r; reached final of ITF/Austin-USA as a LL1997 - A WC entry into Indian Wells, reaching 2r; qualified for Hilton Head falling to world No. 6 C. Martinez and cracked Top 100 for first time at No. 99 on April 7; reached 3r of Birmingham and US Open, upsetting No. 13 seed Schultz-McCarthy; reached first Tour SF at Pattaya City, d. No. 6 seed Chladkova before falling to No. 2 seed Van Roost; finished season in Top 100 for first time (at No. 59)1998 - Reached 3r of Australian Open, l. to No. 5 seed Pierce and shortly after in March, attained career-high ranking of No. 49; reached first final on WTA Tour at Istanbul, falling 11-9 in third-set tie-break to No. 1 seed Nagyova; reached QF at Tokyo [Princess Cup] (d. world No. 11 Van Roost for career-best win) and Pattaya City; stretched world No. 10 Tauziat to 3s in 2r of US Open1999 - In consecutive weeks, reached QF at Warsaw (d. No. 1 seed, world No. 20 Schett) and Antwerp (l. to eventual champion Henin); stretched eventual Wimbledon semifinalist Stevenson to 3s in 2r; reached third QF at Bratislava and reached career-first doubles final (w/Osterloh); advanced beyond 2r only three times in 21 Tour main draws2000 - Enjoyed career-best Grand Slam performance at Wimbledon, d. No. 15 seed Schett in 1r and world No. 25 Frazier en route to 4r; ranking vaulted from No. 92 to No. 65; ranked No. 89, d. world No. 17 Anke Huber in Sydney 1r; d. Spirlea in 1r of Australian Open (l. to No. 10 seed C. Martinez in 3s); also reached QF at Bogota, Budapest and Warsaw2001 - Played tournaments through mid-April, then was off Tour for remainder of season with Achilles tendon injury2002 - Snapped 11-match losing streak by winning 1r qualifying match at Australian Open; ranked No. 430, received WC for Indian Wells and l. 1r to No. 49 Mandula; reached final of ITF/Southhampton-GBR and SF of ITF/Dubai-UAE and ITF/Fano-ITA (as a qualifier), then won first title in five years at ITF/Opole-POL, returning to Top 200 for first time since July 2001, having started season ranked No. 7842003 - As the last player accepted into qualifying draw at Sydney, won three matches to reach main draw, then became lowest-ranked player at No. 184 to reach the Sydney QF in 15 years with wins over world No. 34 C. Martinez and No. 23 Bovina; second QF at Tier II level; ranking vaulted 63 spots to 121, best since April 2001; as No. 1 seed, was upset in 1r at ITF/Rimini-ITA by LL Timotic; as No. 1 seed, was upset in SF at ITF/Tbilisi-GEO by qualifier and eventual tournament champion Vesnina; as world No. 128, l. 1r at Tashkent to world No. 156 Wartusch
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