Category Archives: Svetlana Kuznetsova

Wozniacki Makes Fun Of Nadal’s Cramps

Caroline Wozniacki has had a little late night fun after he tough three sets win over Svetlana Kuznetsova last night at the US Open. In her post match press conference a giggling Caroline slipped under the interview table, making light of the clearly excruciating cramps Rafael Nadal suffered the other day in his press conference.

While Rafa and other players like Andy Roddick have tried to reassure fans that the cramps are nothing seriously and realistically are not uncommon in professional tennis, Wozniacki took it a step further. Read more »

Elena Dementieva Marries In Moscow

Retired tennis player Elena Dementieva is a step closer to having the family she talked about when she retired. On July 16 Elena married hockey champion Maxim Afinogenov at the Ritz Carlton in Moscow.

The ceremony was held on the roof of the building and birds were released at the end of the ceremony. The reception, inside the Ritz, hosted such famous tennis players as Vera Zvonareva, Dinara Safina, Sveta Kuznetsova, Maria Kirilenko and her partner Igor Andreev. Vera Dushevina caught the bouquet while Elena Vesnina and Ekaterina Makarova looked on. Read more »

Bartoli In French Semis

Marion Bartoli has delighted French crowds by making the semifinals of her home tournament for the first time in her career after beating Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-6, 6-4. Bartoli now faces defending champion Francesca Schiavone for a place in the final. Read more »

Wozniacki Goes Home Without A Slam Again

Caroline Wozniacki will have to deal with criticism of her being number one in the world without having ever won a Grand Slam title for a little while longer after she was handily beaten 6-1, 6-3 by Daniela Hantuchova.

Hantuchova played a smart match and hit 15 winners in the first set. Embarrassingly Wozniacki did not hit a winner in the first set. Read more »

WTA Beauties: Ivanovic, Dulko, Wozniacki, Clijsters, Li And More

These ladies prove that the WTA campaign Strong Is Beautiful is true with these amazing photographs
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Alize Cornet Helps France Surprise Russia In Fed Cup

With players like Svetlana Kuznetsova and Maria Sharapova stepping up to open proceedings for Russia in their Fed Cup tie against France, no one expected the French to find themselves with a 2-0 lead. Read more »

Player Of The Month (January): Li Na

In January we were blessed with a lot of great candidates for player of the month. Novak Djokovic produced some incredible, near groin splitting, moments during the Australian Open as he slid around the court, defending like I’ve never seen him do before. Kim Clijsters cried as she became Aussie Kim. Francesca Schiavone and Svetlana Kuznetsova produced some truly incredible fighting spirit to battling to 16-14 in the third set. Despite the amazing efforts of these players I have to give it to Li Na. Read more »

>Schiavone Succumbs To Wozniacki

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Marathon winner, and 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone has succumbed to the world number one Caroline Wozniacki 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Schiavone may have opened with more double faults that she normally has, a side effect of fatigue and rib problems after battling Kuznetsova for nearly 5 hours in her previous match, but for the first set and a half she was dominating Wozniacki and producing some of her brilliant trademark varied play.

It all went wrong when, after a poor service game, she started to look weary after allowing Wozniacki back into the match. Schiavone worked to keep the points short but Wozniacki, bolstered by the break of serve, started finding better depth on her shots and pushing Francesca’s tired legs around the court.

Francesca fought until right at the very end and was loudly applauded by the appreciative crowd. She pushed the world number one to the point where Caroline called for the trainer twice. Wozniacki now has bigger problems. She has to possibly face Kim Clijsters or Li Na in a bid for her first ever Grand Slam to “justify” her place at the top of the WTA.

>Schiavone Beats Kuznetsova In Epic

>This morning when I was wandering around Melbourne Park this morning I saw a playful Francesca Schiavone jogging around the practice court belting balls and showing positive signs ahead of her match against Svetlana Kuznetsova. She would need every ounce of her trademark fight and positivity to overcome the Russian 6-4, 1-6, 16-14 marathon that lasted 4 hours and 44 minutes.

It was a match that exceeded the duration of most of the mens matches and saw both women pushed to the brink, with the final set lasting 3 hours.

The match was so epic that even the players were confused at times, Sveta later saying “At some stage I was like, what’s the score? Who’s serving? I was like, what’s going on anyway here? I had no clue sometimes. It was so hard to count. I was like, who is up? She? Me?” 

At times both players had match points but it was Schiavone who eventually got across the line. She next plays Caroline Wozniacki.

Q. Did you try to beat the record of Mahut and Isner?

SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: I tried, but apparently didn’t work. She finish it earlier than I thought.
 
Q. What do you remember of the six match points that you had? Did you think some of them you could have made it?

SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: I don’t remember any. I mean, I think she played good on match points. I don’t think I had easy ball any time, she was serving it all the time. It’s hard to say. The match could go either way so many times. I mean, I think it just was really a day of Francesca. We both fighted so hard the whole match, and the important moments she just played better.

But statistically I also felt like I was better player on the court. I played better. Just very disappointing. Sometimes I guess it happens in tennis like it happened today, that key points, she just won it. Or maybe I went for too much or sometimes I didn’t go. It’s hard to say exactly what happened.

Maybe in few days I would watch the video and understand more about it. It’s too hard to talk about it right now.

>Kuznetsova Knocks Henin Out Of The Open

>Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova has defeated former world number one Justin Henin 6-4, 7-6 in the third round of the Australian Open today. Justine had beaten Sveta on 16 previous occasions, but despite some nerves when serving for the match, Sveta came through with the win and a bit of an upset.

To be fair Henin is still clearly struggling with her recovering elbow. Justine served numerous double faults with a strapped wrist to try and help her absorb the pace of Kuznetsova’s shots.

The Russian looked in good form for most of the match, pushing Henin around the court as she struggled to find form. She now faces Francesca Schiavone.

Q. You said there are no excuses. Fully understood, but you were wearing a strapping on the elbow. It’s not a big question for us. 
 
JUSTINE HENIN: I know I’m not 100%. I knew it before walking on the court. That’s why I say there are no excuses. I decided to play not being 100%. It’s been difficult in the last three days on my elbow and I just did everything that I could that it will be okay, but it wasn’t enough.

I think Svetlana played a good match. She has been really much more aggressive than me, coming a lot to the net and going for the winners. She has, yeah, all the credit today.

Q. Been six months since you injured the elbow. Are you surprised it’s taken so long to get it right again?

JUSTINE HENIN: It is long, yeah, but I knew it could be long. Also could be home this week and I was here to compete. Not at my best yet, but I think I did a lot of improvement in the last few months.

I knew it was serious problem. It’s not the end yet. I will have to be patient.

Q. So if this wasn’t a Grand Slam, would you have delayed your comeback a bit longer?

JUSTINE HENIN: I don’t know. I don’t know. Yeah, it’s important to come back and to play, to make my arm stronger; in another way, it’s not that easy to you don’t compete at your best. But it’s a choice, and I made that one.

I think it was still a good one.