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The Best Tennis Players from Russia

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List of the best tennis players from Russia, listed by popularity with photos of the players when available. Russia has produced some very talented tennis players over the years, including both men and women. These are some of the most talented Russian tennis players to ever live, so if you're a native of Russia and are aspiring to play tennis professionally then these people should be your idols. If you're searching for a particular popular tennis player from Russia then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

Examples include Ekaterina Bychkova and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest Russian tennis players?" and "Who is the best Russian tennis player of all time?"

You can click on the names of these legendary tennis players of Russia in order to get more information about each one. If you play tennis or just love the sport then use this list of talented Russian tennis players to find some athletes you haven't heard of before.



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    Maria Yuryevna Sharapova is a Russian professional tennis player, who as of October 6, 2014 is ranked world No. 2 by the Women's Tennis Association. 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 ...more

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    • Birthplace: Nyagan, Russia
    • Nationality: Russia
    • Year Turned Pro: 2001-04-19
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    Elena Dementieva
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    Elena Viacheslavovna Dementieva 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 ...more

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    • Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
    • Nationality: Russia
    • Year Turned Pro: 1998-08-25
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    Vera Igorevna Zvonareva 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 ...more

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    • Birthplace: Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, Soviet Union
    • Nationality: Russia
    • Year Turned Pro: 2000-09
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    Marat Mubinovich Safin 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 ...more

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    • Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
    • Nationality: Russia
    • Year Turned Pro: 1997
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    Svetlana Kuznetsova
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    Svetlana Aleksandrovna Kuznetsova is a Russian professional tennis player and as of 6 April 2015 ranked No. 25 in the WTA singles and No. 112 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 ...more

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    • Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
    • Nationality: Russia
    • Year Turned Pro: 2000
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    Anastasia Myskina
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    Anastasiya Andreyevna Myskina is a retired professional tennis player from Russia. 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 ...more

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    • Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
    • Nationality: Russia
    • Year Turned Pro: 1998
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    Yevgeny Aleksandrovich Kafelnikov is a former world no. 1 tennis player from Russia. 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 ...more

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    • Birthplace: Sochi, Krasnodar, Russia
    • Nationality: Russia
    • Year Turned Pro: 1992
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    Nikolay Davydenko
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    Nikolay Vladimirovich Davydenko is a retired Russian 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 ...more

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    • Birthplace: Sievierodonetsk, Ukraine
    • Nationality: Russia
    • Year Turned Pro: 1999
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    Maria Yuryevna Kirilenko is a Russian tennis player and model. 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 ...more

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    • Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
    • Nationality: Russia
    • Year Turned Pro: 2001
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    Elena Sergeyevna Vesnina is a Russian professional tennis player. Her career-high rank is World No. 21, achieved in July 2013. 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.more

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    • Birthplace: Lviv, Ukraine
    • Nationality: Russia
    • Year Turned Pro: 2002
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    Dinara Mubinovna Safina is a former World No. 1 Russian professional tennis player. Safina was runner-up in singles at the 2008 French Open, 2009 Australian Open, and the 2009 French Open, falling to Ana Ivanovic, Serena Williams, and Svetlana Kuznetsova, respectively. She has had success at Grand Slam ...more

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    • Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
    • Nationality: Russia
    • Year Turned Pro: 2001
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    Anna Sergeyevna Kournikova is a Russian retired professional tennis player. Her appearance and celebrity status made her one of the best known tennis stars worldwide, despite her never winning a WTA singles title. At the peak of her fame, fans looking for images of Kournikova made her name one of the ...more

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    • Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
    • Nationality: Russia
    • Year Turned Pro: 1995-10
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    Anna Chakvetadze
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    Anna Djambuliovna Chakvetadze is a retired Russian professional tennis player of Ukrainian-Georgian origin. On September 10, 2007, she reached her career-high professional singles ranking of World No. 5. She has won eight WTA Singles Titles and appeared in the 2007 US Open semifinals. She announced her ...more

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    • Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
    • Nationality: Russia
    • Year Turned Pro: 2003
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    Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
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    Anastasia Sergeyevna Pavlyuchenkova is a Russian professional tennis player and a multiple junior Grand Slam champion. Her career-high rank of World No. 13 was achieved on 4 July 2011. From July 2007 to September 2009 she was coached at the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy in France. Since then she has been ...more

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    • Birthplace: Samara, Russia
    • Nationality: Russia
    • Year Turned Pro: 2005-12
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    Mikhail Mikhailovich Youzhny, PhD, 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 for the first time on 13 August 2007, and reached a ...more

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    • Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
    • Nationality: Russia
    • Year Turned Pro: 1999
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    Elena Likhovtseva
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    Elena Alexandrovna Likhovtseva is a Russian former tennis player. She turned professional in January 1992 at the age of 16. Likhovtseva's career best appearance in a Grand Slam was when she reached the semi finals of the French Open 2005 before she was defeated by Mary Pierce, 6–1 6–1. Elena is also one ...more

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    • Birthplace: Almaty, Kazakhstan
    • Nationality: Russia
    • Year Turned Pro: 1992
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    Anastasia Rodionova
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    Anastasia Rodionova is a Russian-born Australian professional tennis player. Rodionova has won eight doubles titles on the WTA tour, as well as eight singles and thirteen doubles titles on the ITF tour in her career. On 16 August 2010, she reached her best singles ranking of world number 62. On 8 ...more

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    • Birthplace: Tambov, Russia
    • Nationality: Russia, Australia
    • Year Turned Pro: 1997
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    Nadezhda Viktorovna Petrova is a Russian professional tennis player. Overall, she has won 37 WTA Titles, 13 in singles and 24 in doubles. In singles, Petrova reached a career-high ranking of world no. 3 in May 2006, and reached the semifinals of the French Open in 2003 and 2005. In doubles, she won the ...more

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    • Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
    • Nationality: Russia
    • Year Turned Pro: 1999-09-06
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    Alisa Mikhaelovna Kleybanova is a Russian professional tennis player. Her highest WTA singles ranking to date is World No. 20, achieved in February 2011. Kleybanova has won two WTA singles titles.more

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    • Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
    • Nationality: Russia
    • Year Turned Pro: 2003
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    Olga Vasilyevna Morozova is a retired female tennis player who competed for the Soviet Union. She was the runner up in singles at the 1974 French Open and 1974 Wimbledon Championships.more

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    • Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
    • Nationality: Russia, Soviet Union
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