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S. Williams, Azarenka gain third round at U.S. Open

S. Williams, Azarenka gain third round at U.S. Open

NEW YORK, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka, the 2012 U.S. Open finalists, breezed to second-round wins Thursday at this year's final major tournament.

Samantha Stosur bounced, Victoria Azarenka advances at U.S. Open

NEW YORK, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Unheralded American qualifier Victoria Duval upset No. 11 Samantha Stosur and No. 2 Victoria Azarenka breezed to a first-round win Tuesday at the U.S. Open.

Angelique Kerber begins quest for another Cincy final with Day 1 win

CINCINNATI, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Angelique Kerber, who reached the final last year in Cincinnati, won her first-round match against Karin Knapp Monday at the Western & Southern Open.
Stosur wins in Southern California Open first round

Stosur wins in Southern California Open first round

CARLSBAD, Calif., July 30 (UPI) -- Fifth-seeded Samantha Stosur used a strong second set Monday to advance out of the first round of the Southern California Open tennis tournament.
Serena Williams builds huge lead at No. 1 in world rankings

Serena Williams builds huge lead at No. 1 in world rankings

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., June 10 (UPI) -- World No. 1 Serena Williams has put greater distance between herself and other competitors in the women's tennis rankings.
Serena Williams wins French Open title

Serena Williams wins French Open title

PARIS, June 8 (UPI) -- Serena Williams defeated defending champion Maria Sharapova 6-4, 6-4 Saturday, beating Sharapova for a 13th straight time to win her second French Open title.
Serena Williams, Errani advance to French Open semifinals

Serena Williams, Errani advance to French Open semifinals

PARIS, June 4 (UPI) -- No. 1-ranked Serena Williams battled for a three-set win Tuesday in advancing to the semifinals of the French Open where she'll play Sara Errani.
Maria Sharapova claims spot in French Open quarterfinals

Maria Sharapova claims spot in French Open quarterfinals

PARIS, June 3 (UPI) -- Defending champion and No. 2-ranked Maria Sharapova gained a quarterfinal berth at the French Open with a straight-set win Monday.
Serena Williams roars into French Open quarterfinals

Serena Williams roars into French Open quarterfinals

PARIS, June 2 (UPI) -- No. 1-ranked Serena Williams advanced to the French Open quarterfinals Sunday with her 28th consecutive match win.
Serena Williams sweeps into French Open fourth round

Serena Williams sweeps into French Open fourth round

PARIS, May 31 (UPI) -- World No. 1 Serena Williams reached the fourth round of the French Open with a straight-set win Friday and defending champion Maria Sharapova also advanced.

Sharapova, Li Na, A. Radwanska win at French Open

PARIS, May 27 (UPI) -- Defending champion Maria Sharapova advanced with a first-round victory at the French Open Monday, joining China's Li Na and Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland.
Laura Robson beats Venus Williams in Rome

Laura Robson beats Venus Williams in Rome

ROME, May 13 (UPI) -- Laura Robson posted a Rome International tennis tournament win Monday over Venus Williams that gives her a match against world No. 1 Serena Williams.
Makarova beats Azarenka at Madrid Open

Makarova beats Azarenka at Madrid Open

MADRID, May 8 (UPI) -- Ekaterina Makarova stunned world No. 3 Victoria Azarenka in three sets Wednesday in a second-round match at the Mutua Madrid Open.

Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova move on at Madrid Open

MADRID, May 7 (UPI) -- Defending champion Serena Williams and second-seeded Maria Sharapova each advanced with second-round victories Tuesday at the Madrid Open.

Serena Williams, Agnieszka Radwanska among early Madrid winners

MADRID, May 5 (UPI) -- Defending champ Serena Williams and Agnieszka Radwanska each advanced but Li Na fell Sunday in first-round action at the Madrid Open.
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Svetlana Kuznetsova hits a serve in her semi final match against Venus Williams at the BNP Paribas Showdown at Madison Square Garden in New York City on March 1, 2010. UPI/John Angelillo
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Svetlana Aleksandrovna Kuznetsova ( Светла́на Алекса́ндровна Кузнецо́ва (help·info)); born June 27, 1985) is a Russian professional tennis player and as of August 29, 2011 ranked No. 17 in the WTA singles and and No. 92 in the doubles ranking. Kuznetsova has appeared in four singles Grand Slam finals, winning two, and has also appeared in six doubles finals, winning once. She has qualified five times for the round-robin stage of the WTA Tour Championships but has never qualified for the semifinals.

Her first Grand Slam title came at the 2004 US Open, making her the third Russian woman to win a Grand Slam title, after Anastasia Myskina and Maria Sharapova who won at the 2004 French Open and 2004 Wimbledon tournaments respectively. Kuznetzova's second Grand Slam title was the 2009 French Open, defeating Serena Williams in the quarterfinal, Samantha Stosur in the semifinal, and compatriot Dinara Safina in the final in straight sets. At the 2006 French Open and the 2007 US Open singles tournament she was the runner-up, both times to Belgian player Justine Henin. As a result, Kuznetsova obtained her new WTA ranking of No. 2, her best to that date. Kuznetsova has won a total of 13 WTA and 1 ITF singles titles and 14 WTA doubles titles to date and US$15,792,587 in prize money, making her the second top Russian earner on court and number 11 of all female tennis players to date and No. 5 of active players, after only Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Kim Clijsters, and Maria Sharapova respectively.

Svetlana Aleksandrovna Kuznetsova was born in Leningrad. Her father, Aleksandr Kuznetsov, has coached five Olympic and world cycling champions. Kuznetsova's mother, Galina Tsareva, is a six-time world champion and holder of 20 world records in cycling, and her brother, Nikolay Kuznetsov, was a silver medalist at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta and coach of the Russian cycling team Lokomotiv. Svetlana Kuznetsova began to play tennis at the age of 7 and moved to Spain 6 years later for better training and coaching. While there she became fluent in Spanish.

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