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From The Heart.

Svetlana Kuznetsova, with her two dramatic three set wins, and an impromptu haircut now seen around the world, has become the breakout star at this week’s WTA Finals in Singapore. A fact made more impressive given that she is actually the oldest player, at age 31, in the draw. But if anyone was perhaps due an exciting final act in what has been a career of stellar highs and stunning lows, it is Kuznetsova.

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Kuznetsova Loses Then Finds Her Nerve To Win Mercury Insurance Open Title.

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Kuznetsova Keeps It Together at Mercury Insurance Open.

Not too many people at the start of this week’s Mercury Insurance Open in Carlsbad, California expected much from Svetlana Kuznetsova who came in as an unseeded player. But as she navigated her way past several top 20 players on her way to the finals, the feeling was the title was Kuznetsova’s to win so long as she held her nerve and kept finding the range on her fearsome forehand. Today in the finals against Agnieszka Radwanska, it indeed was all up to the Russian as she dictated play for most of the match. But as expected, when it came down to closing out the match, Kuznetsova had to battle her nerves just when it seemed victory was inevitable. Continue reading

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Kuznetsova Shows Grand Slam Form in Beating Pennetta in San Diego.

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Sveta Gives Thumbs Up For Making First Final of Year. (Gudris)

Showing some of the same form that won her two Grand Slam titles, Svetlana Kuznetsova entered her first final of the year after defeating Italy’s Flavia Pennetta 6-4, 6-0 in the semifinals of the Mercury Insurance Open. After struggling most of the week, Kuznetsova put on an impressive display especially on her favored forehand side where she was able to hit seemingly winner after winner at will. Continue reading

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Venus Wins “Tennis Night in America”.

I’m not going to go into much detail over the BNP Paribas Billie Jean King Cup event held at Madison Square Garden other than the fact that Venus Williams won it over Kim Clijsters 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.

Despite its attempt to showcase some of the best women players, it looks like the event was half-filled, probably due to the recent snow that hit New York City and the hit the event took when Serena Williams pulled out due to her ongoing leg issue.

The only real interesting thing to watch was the return of Ana Ivanovic who played surprisingly well against Kim Clijsters in the first semifinal. Continue reading

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Sveta Tweets. But What is She Saying?

Many fans of Svetlana Kuznetsova sometimes wonder what is going in her mind during her matches. Well now you may get some insight as Kuznetsova is the latest pro to tweet her thoughts.

Using her Twitter nickname of SvetlanaK27, we’ve learned she prefers the nickname “Sveta” as opposed to “Kuzzy”, that she gets along well with fellow pro tweeter Serena Williams and what some of her favorite movies and tv shows are. Plus she often has “tweet” exchanges with fellow doubles partner Victoria Azarenka (known as Vika7) and Caroline Wozniacki (CaroWozniacki). Continue reading

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Weekend Wrap Up – Oudin Shines in Fed Cup.

With the Super Bowl dominating sports news this weekend, don’t forget about the tennis being played with some “off the radar” players coming through with big wins.

Fed Cup was the focus of the women this week. The U.S. team, led by Melanie Oudin, who won both her matches, easily won their tie against France 4-1. Considering this was played on red clay and in France, it’s quite an accomplishment and could bode well for Oudin with the clay court season just around the corner. Continue reading

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“The Best” in Tennis – 2009 Review.

Of course this being December, everyone is taking a look back at the year that was. Here’s my brief look back at the best in tennis for 2009.

Player of the Year – Kim Clijsters.
Yes I know Roger Federer had an amazing year, again, but Kim Clijsters’s title run at the U.S. Open was the story of the year not only for her exceptional play but also that it highlighted, unfairly perhaps, the lack of depth in the women’s game right now. If Clijsters had not won the Open, I doubt Justine Henin would have returned as she too senses an opportunity for more glory. Clijsters’s win in New York was a “tour-changer” and its impact will be felt in 2010 regardless how well Clijsters does next year.

Best Men’s Match of the Year. – Roger Federer vs. Andy Roddick – Wimbledon Men’s Final.
Ok so this wasn’t quite the epic that Federer vs. Nadal was last year, but it certainly had it’s share of drama especially the fifth set “serve-off” that Federer barely won thus eclipsing Roddick’s dream of a Wimbledon title. One wonders if Roddick still thinks about that missed backhand volley that could have given him a two set to love lead in the match, but the respect Roddick earned worldwide will certainly be with him next year. (I know some would say Nadal vs. Verdasco in the Australian Open Semis was “the” match, but I have to give the edge here just because it was for the Wimbledon title.)

Best Women’s Match of the Year – Serena Williams vs. Elena Dementieva – Wimbledon Semifinals.
What impressed me the most was the ball striking in this one as the ladies hit the ball harder than any men’s match I’ve ever seen. Dementieva was oh so close to taking out the top seed but Serena’s perseverance not only paid off by winning this match, and then the finals against sister Venus, but did a lot to cement Serena as the female player of the decade.

Comeback Players of the Year – Svetlana Kuznetsova and Nikolay Davydenko.
I know people are expecting Kim Clijsters here but let’s face it, “Sveta’s” win at the French Open was a bit unexpected as many had already written her off as a one Slam wonder. Her consistent play throughout the year indicated that Sveta was hungry for more glory and I expect her to do well in 2010. As for Davydenko, many had forgotten him at the beginning of the year and his substandard play during the Slams. But his late season run including wins at Shanghai and the Barclays ATP Finals proved he was always in the mix.

Rising Star of the Year – Juan Martin Del Potro.
With his total beatdown of Rafael Nadal in the semis of the U.S. Open and then his amazing five set win over Roger Federer in the finals, Del Potro emerged from the pack of contenders to become “the” contender for Roger’s crown in 2010. How he handles his newfound fame, considering his rather shy nature, remains to be seen but do not count Delpo for any title next year.

And finally a special thanks to those players who retired this year including Marat Safin, Amelie Mauresmo, Fabrice Santoro and Ai Sugiyama. All of them brought their own unique gifts, spins and personalities to a game that desperately needs more players like them. I wish them all the best in their new lives.

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