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Kanepi back in Portugal Open tennis semifinals

Kanepi back in Portugal Open tennis semifinals

OEIRAS, Portugal, May 2 (UPI) -- Defending champion Kaia Kanepi earned a return trip to the semifinals of the Portugal Open tennis tournament with a straight-set win Friday.
Kanepi, Suarez Navarro win in Portugal Open second round

Kanepi, Suarez Navarro win in Portugal Open second round

OEIRAS, Portugal, May 1 (UPI) -- Kaia Kanepi and Carla Suarez Navarro, who played in the tournament finals last year, on Wednesday both posted wins at the Portugal Open.
Suarez Navarro advances in Portugal Open

Suarez Navarro advances in Portugal Open

OEIRAS, Portugal, April 29 (UPI) -- No. 4-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro rolled through a first-round win Monday at the Portugal Open tennis tournament.

Sharapova easily advances at Sony Open

MIAMI, March 22 (UPI) -- No. 2 seed Maria Sharapova breezed into the third round of the Sony Open Friday and Lauren Davis took advantage of her second chance.

Kuznetsova takes first-round Miami win

MIAMI, March 20 (UPI) -- Former Miami champion Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia moved on to the second round Wednesday with a straight-set victory at the Sony Open.

Sharapova, Burdette earn second-round wins

INDIAN WELLS, Calif., March 9 (UPI) -- Maria Sharapova breezed into the third round of the BNP Paribas Friday and 16-year-old American Mallory Burdette picked up a big win as well.

Schiavone earns first-round win

INDIAN WELLS, Calif., March 6 (UPI) -- Francesca Schiavone began the BNP Paribas Open Wednesday with only her fourth victory of the year, one that set up a meeting with No. 2 seed Maria Sharapova.

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Serena Williams nears return to No. 1

Serena Williams nears return to No. 1

DOHA, Qatar, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka didn't lose a game Thursday at the Qatar Total Open but Serena Williams pulled within one win of taking the rankings' top spot.
Wozniacki picks up first-round win in Doha

Wozniacki picks up first-round win in Doha

DOHA, Qatar, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Caroline Wozniacki, just returned to the WTA Top 10, notched an impressive first-round win Monday at the Qatar Total Open.
Stephens stuns S. Williams in Australia

Stephens stuns S. Williams in Australia

MELBOURNE, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Sloane Stephens stunned Serena Williams in three sets Wednesday at the Australian Open in gaining her first berth in the Grand Slam semifinal.

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Sharapova, Li made Australian semifinals

Sharapova, Li made Australian semifinals

MELBOURNE, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Maria Sharapova and Li Na both won in straight sets Tuesday and will meet in the women's singles semifinals of the Australian Open.

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Azarenka, Serena Williams again win easily

Azarenka, Serena Williams again win easily

MELBOURNE, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Defending champion Victoria Azarenka and third-seeded Serena Williams each lost only two games Monday in sailing into the quarterfinals of the Australian 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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