Place of Birth: Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine
Current Residence: Sweden, Uppsala
Professional Since: 1997 - I think one of my first competitions was for the club in the national league and for the National junior team.
National Team Member: 2000
Q & A
Any previous Olympics Games competed in and results?
"Beijing 2008 (2nd round)"
When and where you began playing, and why this sport?
"The first time I held a badminton racket was when I was about 8-9 years old. My family was living very close to a badminton school and my mom decided that some racket-sport will do only good for me and my sister. My sister stopped after the first year, but I was so captivated by this sport that the training sessions became my favorite time of the day and later on badminton became my lifestyle."
Your equipment sponsor and current racket model?
"Babolat X-Feel Blast"
Your training regime?
"I practice mostly twice a day and each session is about 2-2.5 hours. On Saturday, it is usually just one practice and I get Sunday off."
Memorable sporting achievements?
"One of the biggest and most memorable win was my gold medal on European Junior Championships. It was a great surprise for me and for everyone around me. It was a great feeling to hold a gold medal in your hands and listen to my country's anthem, knowing that your dream came true. Another big achievement for mine was to win my National Championships and to now became the best in my country. It means a lot to me."