I was traveling last week so this post is a tad late. But I did want to briefly write about the surprise run of Svetlana Kuznetsova to the Cincinnati final last week. Surprises in the veteran Russian’s career are nothing new. But this latest unexpected chapter could not have come at a better time as the former champion heads into next week’s US Open.
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.
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
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
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
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
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