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PRO CAREER TIMELINE

Career highlights

Juniors

Alisa won the Wimbledon Championships girls' singles twice in 2003 and 2006 (partnered by Sania Mirza and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova respectively). She also won the girls’ doubles at the 2005 US Open with Czech Nikola Frankova.
 

Federation Cup

In February 2009 Alisa played Federation Cup for her country for the first time (against China) and crushed her opponent Sun Tiantian 6-1, 6-1. Russia routed China 5-0 and advanced to the World Group semifinal.

Grand Slams

Her best Grand Slam performance so far has been reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon (2008) and Australian Open (2009) as a direct entrant.

Team Alisa

The Romanian Iulian Vespan has been coaching Alisa for over 4 years now. Before starting the cooperation with Iulian, Alisa had worked for 10 years with her mum. Alisa about Iulian: "He's not just my coach; he's my mentor, and my best friend. He's always there to support me when I have ups and downs playing on the Tour. We are having a lot of fun working together and I think we make a great team."

Fast facts

Birthdate 15-Jul-1989
Birthplace Moscow, Russia
Residence Moscow, Russia
Nationality Russian
Height 181 cm
Weight 75 kg
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Favourite Grand Slam Wimbledon
Favourite tournament WTA Kremlin Cup, Moscow
Favourite surface Hard
Turned pro 2003
Coach Iulian Vespan
Started playing Aged 4
Tennis idols As a young girl, she was being compared to Monica Seles and Lindsay Davenport
Family Mum Natalia (biologist), Dad Mikhail (works in the business projects management)
Languages Russian, English, Italian
Interests Watching movies, reading books, listening to music; Alisa loves winter so she enjoys skiing, skating and spending time in nature; as a kid, apart from tennis, she used to do professional swimming for 6 years and still loves it.