Residence: Moscow, Russia
Date of Birth: January 25, 1987
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Height: 5’6” (1.68 m)
Weight: 112 1/2 lbs. (51 kg)
Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Status: Pro (Oct. 7, 2001)
During her previous visit to Hyderabad during the WTA Indian Open 2003, Maria ranked at 339 had a WTA breakthrough reaching a career first WTA Quarter Final. Maria won her first Singles title on the ITF circuit at Boca Raton last year and analyzing her rapid progress through the rankings she is set to conquer the courts at Hyderabad at the WTA Indian Open 2004 where she is ranked at 124 on the WTA rankings and is seeded at 24.
Maria is coached by WTA Tour pro Elena Brioukhovets and started playing tennis at age seven. Dancing and reading occupy a fair part of her spare time, although Maria also likes to take time off to swim. The Russian girl with a good sense of humor arrives in India prepared to take on the best; and to prevail.