1999 - Played first event of career on ITF Circuit.
2000 - Played first WTA main draw at Moscow, reaching 2r (as WC, l. to Kournikova); won one singles title on ITF Circuit.
2001 - Fell in WTA qualifying twice.
2002 - First Top 100 season; runner-up once at Palermo (l. to Diaz-Oliva in final); SF twice at Warsaw (l. to Nagyova) and Sopot (l. to Safina); QF once; made Top 100 debut afterwards on June 10 (rose from No.142 to No.90) and Top 50 debut on September 9 (after US Open; rose from No.57 to No.49); won one singles title on ITF Circuit.
2003 - First Top 20 season; won first WTA title at Bol (d. Martínez Granados in final); SF three times at Strasbourg, Vienna (l. to Sprem at both) and Linz (l. to Sugiyama); QF nine times (incl. Roland Garros); made Top 20 debut on June 9 (after Roland Garros; rose from No.21 to No.20).
2004 - Second Top 20 season; won second WTA title at Memphis (d. Raymond in final); runner-up twice at Cincinnati (l. to Davenport in final) and Philadelphia (l. to Mauresmo in final); SF six times at Warsaw (l. to V.Williams), Rome (l. to Mauresmo), Eastbourne (l. to Kuznetsova), San Diego (l. to Myskina 62 67(4) 76(15); led 5-2 third set w/9mp; was longest singles third set tie-break in WTA history), Montréal (l. to Mauresmo) and Beijing (l. to S.Williams); QF five times; made Top 10 debut on August 9 (after Montréal; rose from No.14 to No.9); qualified for first WTA Championships, falling in RR stage (went 0-3 in RR); won one WTA doubles title; won first Grand Slam mixed doubles title at US Open (w/B.Bryan).
2005 - Good start to season but second half marred by injury; won third WTA title at Memphis (d. Shaughnessy in final); SF at Rome (l. to Mauresmo); QF twice; missed most of summer and fall w/left ankle sprain (withdrew from Los Angeles, Toronto, US Open and Beijing); returned in October for six events to close season, reaching one QF; began season at No.11 but dropped to No.42 by year's end; won one WTA doubles title.
2006 - Near-Top 20 season; won fourth and fifth WTA titles at Birmingham (d. Jackson in final) and Cincinnati (d. Srebotnik in final); runner-up at Auckland (l. to Bartoli in final); SF at Hasselt (l. to Clijsters); QF four times; went from No.42 to No.24 year-end; won two WTA doubles titles, incl. first Grand Slam doubles title at US Open (w/Dechy); also won second Grand Slam mixed doubles title at Wimbledon (w/Ram).
2007 - Near-Top 20 season; impressive showings in five of first eight events, finishing runner-up at Auckland (l. to Jankovic in final) then reaching 4r at Australian Open (l. to Sharapova), QF at Indian Wells (d. Sharapova in 4r for first win over a No.1; l. to Li), 4r at Miami (l. to Henin) and SF at Charleston (ret. vs. Safina w/left wrist injury); left wrist injury caused withdrawal from all events between April and August (incl. Roland Garros and Wimbledon); fell out of Top 20 and as low as No.30 in that four-month lay-off; returned at US Open, reaching 3r (l. to S.Williams) and reached QF or better at four of five events to finish off season, with QF at Portoroz, SF at Luxembourg, QF at Moscow and SF at Québec City.
2008 - First Top 10 season; won sixth and seventh WTA titles at Prague (d. Azarenka in final) and Guangzhou (d. Peng in final); runner-up six times, at Hobart (withdrew prior to final vs. Daniilidou w/left ankle injury), Doha (l. to Sharapova in final), Charleston (l. to S.Williams in final), Moscow (l. to Jankovic in final), Linz (l. to Ivanovic in final) and most notably second WTA Championships (went 3-0 in RR; d. Dementieva in SF before falling to V.Williams in final); eight WTA finals was most by any player in season; SF three times, at Miami (l. to Jankovic), Olympics (l. to Dementieva; d. Li in bronze medal match) and Beijing (l. to Jankovic); QF four times; had 10 pre-QF exits in 25 events, incl. all four Grand Slams, at Australian Open (ret. vs. Sugiyama in 1r w/left ankle sprain from Hobart), Roland Garros (l. to Dementieva in 4r), Wimbledon (l. to Tanasugarn in 2r) and US Open (l. to Perebiynis in 2r); had equal-most match wins on season (65; also Jankovic); member of Russian Fed Cup team that d. USA 3-2 in SF (went 1-0) and d. Spain 4-0 in final (went 1-0; was second personal Fed Cup title - also 2004).
2009 - Second Top 10 season; went 20-3 to start, winning eighth and ninth WTA titles at Pattaya City (d. Mirza in final) and Indian Wells (d. Ivanovic in final), reaching first Grand Slam SF at Australian Open (l. to Safina), QF at Dubai and 3r runs at Miami and Charleston (ret. vs. Razzano w/right ankle injury); made Top 5 debut on February 2 (after Australian Open; rose from No.7 to No.5); also won fifth WTA doubles title at Indian Wells (w/Azarenka); right ankle injury from Charleston caused withdrawal from clay court season (Stuttgart, Rome, Madrid, Roland Garros); returned on grass but did not make it past QF rest of season, best results being two QF, at Los Angeles and Beijing (l. to Bartoli 36 75 62; led 63 51); had eight pre-QF exits in 10 events played after returning from injury: 4r once, at US Open (l. to Pennetta 36 76(6) 60; held 6mp - 4mp at 63 65, 2mp at 6-4 in second set tie-break); 3r three times, incl. Wimbledon (withdrew prior to match vs. Razzano w/right ankle injury); 2r twice and 1r twice; was first alternate at WTA Championships (l. to Wozniacki in RR; withdrew prior to second match w/right ankle injury); on November 11, underwent minor arthroscopic surgery on right ankle to remove scar tissue (recovery would take four to five weeks).
2010 - First Top 5 season (finishing No.2 behind Wozniacki); strong 19-6 start to season, highlighted by 10th WTA title at Pattaya City (d. Tanasugarn in final), runner-up finish at Charleston (l. to Stosur in final), QF at Dubai (l. to Azarenka) and 4r finishes at Australian Open (l. to Azarenka), Indian Wells (l. to Stosur) and Miami (l. to Henin); only early loss in first seven events came at Sydney (ret. in 1r vs. Vesnina w/right ankle injury); suffered mid-season slump, going 2-4 with four straight early losses (1r at Rome, 2r at Madrid, 2r at Roland Garros, 1r at Eastbourne) and went into Wimbledon ranked No.21; phenomenal 28-8 second half of season pushed her to No.2 on November 8 year-end rankings, a stretch highlighed by first two Grand Slam finals at Wimbledon (l. to S.Williams) and US Open (l. to Clijsters), another two finals at Montréal and Beijing (l. to Wozniacki both times), SF at WTA Championships (went 3-0 in RR; l. to Wozniacki in SF) and QF at Tokyo [Pan Pacific] (l. to Dementieva); only early losses in second half of season came at San Diego (2r) and Cincinnati (3r); set new career-highs of No.4 on September 13 (after US Open; rose from No.8 to No.4), No.3 on October 11 (after Beijing; rose from No.4 to No.3) and No.2 on October 25 (rose from No.3 to No.2).
2011 - Fourth straight Top 10 season (finishing No.7); won 11th and 12th WTA titles, at Doha (d. Wozniacki in final) and Baku (d. Pervak in final); runner-up twice, at Carlsbad and Tokyo (l. to A.Radwanska in both finals); SF six times, at Australian Open (l. to Clijsters), Pattaya City (l. to Hantuchova), Miami (l. to Azarenka), Brussels (l. to Peng), Cincinnati (l. to Sharapova) and WTA Championships (went 1-2 in RR, d. Wozniacki but losing to Kvitova and A.Radwanska - held 3mp at 5-3 third set in 16 62 75 loss to A.Radwanska; l. to Azarenka in SF); QF four times, at Stuttgart, Eastbourne, US Open (l. to Stosur all three times) and Moscow (l. to Cibulkova); reached 4r once (Roland Garros), 3r six times (incl. Wimbledon) and 2r once.
2012 - Lowest finish in 11 years after injury and illness-marred season (finishing No.98); played 10 events from January to July, reaching QF twice at Pattaya City and Charleston, 3r four times (incl. Australian Open, Wimbledon, Olympics) and 2r twice, and falling 1r twice; also won won second Grand Slam doubles title at Australian Open (w/Kuznetsova); struggled in that stretch with various ailments, first left hip injury (retired in Pattaya City QF and Doha 2r, and withdrew from Dubai), illness (withdrew prior to Indian Wells 3r match), right shoulder injury (withdrew from Stuttgart, Rome, Roland Garros and Eastbourne) and upper respiratory illness (retired in Wimbledon 3r); then missed all post-Olympics events w/illness (withdrew from Montréal, Cincinnati, US Open, Québec City, Tokyo [Pan Pacific] and Beijing).
Coached by Karen Krotov ... Mother, Natalia, was Olympic bronze medalist in field hockey (introduced her to tennis at age 6) ... Baseliner; likes all surfaces ... Graduated from Russian State Academy of Physical Education; currently getting second degree in international economic relations at Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Moscow ... Loves travelling; favorites include mom's cooking, "Peter the First" by Tolstoy and actor Matt Damon ... Other interests include volleyball, hockey, computers, reading and listening to music ... Works with International Rett Syndrome Foundation to increase awareness and raise funds for research (Rett Syndrome is a nervous system disorder that leads to developmental reversals); after 2010 US Open, donated portion of prize money and went to Russia to help create organizing committee for Russian Rett Syndrome Foundation (also serves on board of directors).
- Works with International Rett Syndrome Foundation to increase awareness and raise funds for research (Rett Syndrome is a nervous system disorder that leads to developmental reversals); after 2010 US Open, donated portion of prize money and went to Russia to help create organizing committee for Russian Rett Syndrome Foundation (also serves on board of directors).
- In 2008, participated in UNESCO Regional Conference "Political Involvement of Women in the Caucasus" to contribute to the idea of giving women equal chances in life; in May 2009, named Promoter of Gender Equality under the partnership (following V.Williams, Golovin, Zheng).