Maria Yuryevna Sharapova (Russian: Мари́я Ю́рьевна Шара́пова; born April 19, 1987) is a Russian professional tennis player, who is ranked world No. 7 by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA). A United States resident since 1994, Sharapova has competed on the WTA tour since 2001. She has been ranked world No. 1 in singles by the WTA on five separate occasions, for a total of 21 weeks. She is one of ten women, and the only Russian, to hold the career Grand Slam. She is also an Olympic medalist, having earned silver for Russia in women's singles at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
Anna Sergeyevna Kournikova (Russian: А́нна Серге́евна Ку́рникова; born 7 June 1981) is a Russian former professional tennis player. Her appearance and celebrity status made her one of the best known tennis stars worldwide. At the peak of her fame, fans looking for images of Kournikova made her name one of the most common search strings on Google Search.
Maria Yuryevna Kirilenko-Stepanova (Russian: Мари́я Ю́рьевна Кириле́нко; born 25 January 1987) is a Russian tennis player. Kirilenko won the 2002 U.S. Open Girls' Singles and won her first WTA Tour title in 2005, defeating Anna-Lena Grönefeld in the China Open. She has reached three Grand Slam singles quarterfinals, at the 2010 Australian Open the 2012 Wimbledon Championships and the 2013 French Open. In doubles, she has reached two Grand Slam doubles finals, at the 2011 Australian Open and the 2012 French Open, won the 2012 WTA Tour Championships and was a Bronze Medalist at the 2012 London Olympics. In June 2013, Kirilenko reached her career high ranking of World No. 10.
Elena Viacheslavovna Dementieva (Russian: Еле́на Вячесла́вовна Деме́нтьева, born 15 October 1981) is a retired Russian tennis player. Dementieva won the singles gold medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, having previously won the silver medal at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. She won 16 WTA singles titles, reached the finals of the 2004 French Open and 2004 US Open and reached seven other Grand Slam semi finals. Dementieva was also part of the Russian team that won the 2005 Fed Cup, won the 2002 WTA Championship doubles with Janette Husárová and was the runner-up in two US Open doubles finals – in 2002 with Husárová and in 2005 with Flavia Pennetta. Dementieva achieved a career-high ranking of World No. 3, which was accomplished on 6 April 2009. She announced her retirement on 29 October 2010, after her final match at the 2010 WTA Tour Championships. Dementieva ended her career ranked World No. 9 and between 2003 and 2010 she only ended one year, in 2007, outside the top 10.
Marat Mubinovich Safin (Russian: Мара́т Муби́нович Са́фин; Tatar: Марат Мөбин улы Сафин, Marat Möbin uğlı Safin; 27 January 1980) is a Russian politician and retired tennis player. Safin won two Grand Slam tournaments and reached the world no. 1 ranking during his career. He was also famous for his emotional outbursts and sometimes fiery temper on court. Safin is the older brother of former world No. 1 WTA player, Dinara Safina. They are the first and only brother–sister tandem in tennis history who have both achieved no. 1 rankings.
Svetlana Aleksandrovna Kuznetsova (Russian: Светла́на Алекса́ндровна Кузнецо́ва; born 27 June 1985) is a Russian professional tennis player and currently No. 18 in the WTA singles and No. 170 in the doubles ranking. Kuznetsova has appeared in four Grand Slam singles finals, winning two, and has also appeared in seven doubles finals, winning twice. As a doubles player, Kuznetsova has reached the finals of each grand slam at least once, winning the Australian twice. She has qualified five times for the round-robin stage of the WTA Tour Championships but has never qualified for the semifinals.
Vera Igorevna Zvonareva (Russian: Ве́ра И́горевна Звонарёва; born 7 September 1984) is a Russian professional tennis player. She was introduced to tennis at the age of six and turned professional in 2000. Her career high is World No. 2 by the WTA. Zvonareva has won twelve WTA Tour singles titles and reached the finals of the 2008 WTA Tour Championships, 2010 Wimbledon Championships, and 2010 US Open. She also was a bronze medalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In doubles, she has won four Grand Slam titles. Two of the titles came in women's doubles, the first one at the 2006 US Open, partnering Nathalie Dechy, and the other at the 2012 Australian Open, partnering Svetlana Kuznetsova. Her other two came in mixed doubles, the first at the 2004 US Open, partnering Bob Bryan, and her second at the 2006 Wimbledon Championships, partnering Andy Ram.
Dinara Mubinovna Safina (Russian: Динара Мубиновна Сафина; Tatar: Динара Мөбин кызы Сафина, Dinara Möbin qızı Safina, born April 27, 1986 in Moscow) is a former World No. 1 Tatar born-Russian professional tennis player.
Anastasiya Andreyevna Myskina (Russian: Анастасия Мыскина; born 8 July 1981) is a Russian former professional tennis player. She won the 2004 French Open singles title, becoming the first Russian female tennis player to win a Grand Slam main draw singles title. Subsequent to this victory she rose to number 3 on the WTA ranking, becoming the first Russian female tennis player to reach the top three in the history of the rankings. In September 2004 she reached a career high of No.2, but she has not played professional tennis since 2007, and has stated she does not know whether she will return or not. Injury has prevented her from advancing for the past several years.
Igor Valeryevich Andreev (Russian: И́горь Вале́рьевич Андре́ев; born 14 July 1983) is a retired Russian professional tennis player, born in Moscow. He won 3 titles, reached the quarter-finals of the 2007 French Open and achieved a career-high singles ranking of World No. 18 in November 2008.
Nadezhda Viktorovna Petrova (Russian: Надежда Викторовна Петрова; born June 8, 1982) is a Russian professional tennis player.
Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Bogomolov, most known as Alex Bogomolov Jr. (Russian: Александр Александрович «Алекс» Богомолов-младший, born April 23, 1983), nicknamed Bogie, is a retired Russian-American professional tennis player.
Nikolay Vladimirovich Davydenko (Russian: Никола́й Влади́мирович Давыде́нко, ) is a Russian former professional tennis player. He achieved a career-high singles ranking of World No. 3 in November 2006. Davydenko's best result in a Grand Slam tournament was reaching the semi-finals, which he accomplished on four occasions: twice each at the French Open and the U.S. Open, losing to Roger Federer in all but one of them. His biggest achievement was winning the 2009 ATP World Tour Finals, and he also won three ATP Masters Series. In mid-October 2014 Davydenko retired from competitions. Davydenko is notably the only player who owns a winning head-to-head record against Rafael Nadal with at least 3 matches played, edging 6-5 against the Spaniard.
Elena Sergeyevna Vesnina (Russian: Еле́на Серге́евна Веснина́; born in Lviv, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union, on 1 August 1986) is a Russian professional tennis player. Her career-high rankings are World No. 21 in singles and World No. 3 in doubles. Vesnina is a two-time Grand Slam champion in doubles competition, having won the 2013 French Open and the 2014 US Open tournaments with Ekaterina Makarova.
Mikhail Mikhailovich Youzhny, PhD (Russian: Михаил Михайлович Южный; born 25 June 1982), nicknamed "Mischa" and "Colonel" by his fans, is a Russian professional tennis player who was ranked inside the top 10 and was the Russian No. 1. He achieved a top-10 ranking by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) for the first time on 13 August 2007, and reached a career peak of World No. 8 in January 2008, and again in October 2010.
Yevgeny Aleksandrovich Kafelnikov (Russian: Евгений Александрович Кафельников; born 18 February 1974) is a Russian former world no. 1 tennis player. He won two Grand Slam singles titles, which were the 1996 French Open and the 1999 Australian Open. He also won four Grand Slam doubles titles, and the Men's Singles Gold medal at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000. He also helped Russia win the Davis Cup in 2002. He is the last man to have won both the Men's Singles and Doubles titles at the same Grand Slam tournament, which he did at the 1996 French Open.
Ekaterina Valeryevna Makarova (Russian: Екатери́на Вале́рьевна Мака́рова; born on 7 June 1988) is a Russian professional tennis player and the current Russian No. 2. She achieved her career-high ranking of number 8 on 6 April 2015. Her best Grand Slam singles results have come at the 2014 US Open and the 2015 Australian Open where she reached the semifinals on both occasions. Makarova is a three-time Grand Slam champion in doubles competition, having won the 2012 US Open mixed doubles tournament with Bruno Soares, and the 2013 French Open and the 2014 US Open with Elena Vesnina.
Elena Alexandrovna Likhovtseva (Russian: Елена Александровна Лиховцева born 8 September 1975 in Alma-Ata, Kazakh SSR, Soviet Union, now Almaty, Kazakhstan) is a Russian former tennis player. She turned professional in January 1992 at the age of 16.
Andrei Stanislavovich Olhovskiy (Russian: Андрей Станиславович Ольховский; born 15 April 1966) is a former tennis player from Russia, who turned professional in 1989.
Elena Alekseyevna Makarova (Russian: Елена Алексеевна Макарова, born February 1, 1973) is a Russian former professional tennis player.
Mikhail Nikolayevich Sumarokov-Elston (Russian: Михаил Николаевич Сумароков-Эльстон; French: Michel de Soumarokoff-Elston; 1893 or 1894 – 3 July 1970) was a Russian tennis player. He competed in two events at the 1912 Summer Olympics. Apart from his supremacy in the Russian national championships he was a Maltese champion and various French Riviera titleholder as well.
Dmitry Igorevich Tursunov (Russian: Дми́трий И́горевич Турсу́нов ; born 12 December 1982, Moscow) is a Russian professional male tennis player. He was 12 years old when he came to the United States to train and further his prospects of becoming a professional player. Tursunov's career-high singles ranking is World No. 20, achieved in October 2006.
Aleksandr Appolonovich Alenitsyn (29 November 1884 – 5 October 1922) was a Russian tennis player. He competed in the men's outdoor doubles event at the 1912 Summer Olympics.