Elena Sergeevna Vesnina
() (born Lviv
, Ukrainian SSR
, Soviet Union
, on 1 August 1986) is a professional female tennis player from Russia. Her career high rank was #22, achieved on 12 October 2009. She is coached by former ATP
tour player Andrei Chesnokov
In October 2002, aged sixteen years and two months, she gained direct entry into the qualifying draw for her first $10,000 tournament at Giza
, Egypt, and succeeded in qualifying for the main draw before losing a close three-set match.
The very next week, once again qualify at Al-Mansoura
to enter the main draw, where she won two further matches in straight sets, beating Hana Šromová
of the Czech Republic in Round Two, to reach her first ever $10,000 quarter-final in just her second event played. However, she then defaulted her quarter-final tie to her opponent.
In 2003 she began the year entering two successive ITF events India. at Chennai
, and not only succeeded in qualifying both times, but also reached her first semi-final and another quarter-final in the main draws, notably losing to future star Akgul Amanmuradova
at the quarter-final stage at Bangalore
These results gave her, her first ranking at World No. 750, enough for her to gain direct entry to her next $10,000 draw at Istanbul
in the last week of March, where she beat her personal best result in reaching the final.
The following week, at Antalya
, still in Turkey, she was knocked out in the first round by her then-compatriot......