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After winning two titles in 2016 on the ITF Circuit, she reached the semifinals of the Open de Limoges where she took top-seeded top-30 player Caroline Garcia to three sets.
2017: Top 100 debut and first WTA final
Vikhlyantseva debuted at a Grand Slam tournament at the 2017 Australian Open where she reached the second round of the main draw, losing to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Her next tournament was the St. Petersburg Trophy for which she received a wildcard and beat Yaroslava Shvedova before upsetting No. 8 seed Daria Kasatkina in straight sets and receiving a walkover from top seed Simona Halep (who withdrew due to injury) in the quarterfinals. She lost in the semifinals to eventual champion Kristina Mladenovic. Despite her defeat, Vikhlyantseva ensured a top-100 debut with her campaign.
After some poor results which followed, Vikhlyantseva reached the second round at the Bank of the West Classic and at the Linz Open before coming up with a surprise run to the semifinals of the Kremlin Cup, where she had her first ever top-20 win over compatriot Elena Vesnina in straight sets. It was Vikhlyantseva's second Premier semifinal of the year, and both of them came in Russia, her home country. However, her run was halted by Julia Görges in the semifinals, with a wrist injury hindering her from further success.
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (P#) preliminary round; (A) absent; (P) postponed; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.
Only main-draw results in WTA Tour, Grand Slam tournaments, Fed Cup/Billie Jean King Cup and Olympic Games are included in win/loss records.
^The first Premier 5 event of the year has switched back and forth between the Dubai Tennis Championships and the Qatar Open since 2009. The Dubai Championships were classified as a Premier 5 event from 2009-2011 before being succeeded by the Qatar Open for the 2012-2014 period. In 2015, the Dubai Championships regained its Premier 5 status while the Qatar Open was demoted to Premier status. The two tournaments have since alternated status every year.