Elena Vesnina is a Russian professional tennis player. She is a four-time Grand Slam champion in doubles competition, having won the 2013 French Open, 2014 US Open, and 2017 Wimbledon tournaments with Ekaterina Makarova, and the 2016 Australian Open mixed-doubles title with Bruno Soares. In June 2018, Elena Vesnina was number one in women’s doubles. Her career-high singles ranking is 13, achieved in March 2017.
Elena Vesnina was born on August 1, 1986, in Lviv, Ukraine SSR, Soviet Union. She started playing tennis at aged seven in the sports school in Sochi.
Elena Vesnina debuted in the main draw of a WTA tournament in Quebec. One of her best seasons was in 2009, reaching her first WTA final and attaining a ranking of 24 in the year-end. She repeated her success in 2013, reaching her best for a long period ranking of 21 on 22 July. Then she won her first WTA titles in Hobart and Eastbourne. After falling out of the top 100 in October 2014, Elena Vesnina experienced an upturn in fortunes in 2016, making her first Grand Slam semifinal at Wimbledon. She continued her good form into 2017 and won the biggest singles title of her career to date at Indian Wells, claiming her first Premier Mandatory level title.
Elena Vesnina has been consistently one of the highest-ranked doubles players during her career, ending every season since 2008 ranked within the top 30, and every season since 2011 in the top ten. In May 2012, she entered a regular partnership with Ekaterina Makarova, becoming one of the leading teams on tour. They won twelve titles together, including three Grand Slam titles, the 2016 WTA Finals, as well as Olympic gold at Rio.