• Reached the fourth round at the French Open and Wimbledon -- a career best.
• Her best performance of the year came on grass at s-Hertogenbosch, where she reached the final only to fall to Eleni Daniilidou.
•Became Russia's No. 1 player after she reached the semifinals at Miami after Lindsay Davenport retired with an injury. Also cracked the top 10 for the first time with a career-high rank of No. 8.
•Reached the final at Acapulco before falling to Amanda Coetzer 2-6, 6-1, 6-2. Made it to the final in Moscow but lost to Jelena Dokic.
•Reached the semifinals at the U.S. Open
•Became Russia's first tennis medalist as the Olympic silver medalist in Sydney, Australia.
•Qualified for the year-ending Chase Championships, ousting defending champion Lindsay Davenport in the first round -- only the second time in the event's history that the defending champ went out so early. Advanced to the semifinals by defeating Kim Clijsters.
•Selected the Sanex WTA Tour Most Improved Player.
•Scored Russia's only point in the Fed Cup final against the United States, rallying from a 1-4 third-set deficit to defeat No. 3 Venus Williams.
•Improving her season-ending
ranking from No. 409 in 1998 to 47 in 1999. Received the WTA's Most Impressive Newcomer Award.