Safina, Kuznetsova advance to Rome finals

Safina, Kuznetsova advance to Rome finals

ROME, May 8 (UPI) -- World No. 1 Dinara Safina came from behind and beat Venus Williams in the semifinals of the $2 million Internazionali BNL d'Italia tennis tournament in Rome.

Kuznetsova, Safina reach Tokyo final

TOKYO, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Fifth-seeded Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova and countrywoman Dinara Safina will meet in Sunday's tennis final at the $1.34 million Pan Pacific Open.

Schnyder wins at Pilot Pen

NEW HAVEN, Conn., Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Patty Schnyder of Switzerland won her first-round match Monday at the Pilot Pen tennis tournament, fighting her way past American wild card Jill Craybas.
Safina goes to French Open final

Safina goes to French Open final

PARIS, June 5 (UPI) -- Dinara Safina cruised past fellow Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 6-2 Thursday in a women's semifinal match at the French Open tennis tournament in Paris.
Ivanovic, Jankovic in all-Serb semifinal

Ivanovic, Jankovic in all-Serb semifinal

PARIS, June 3 (UPI) -- Serbians Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic meet in the French Open semifinals after both women won quarterfinal victories Tuesday.

Sharapova out in Rome with calf injury

ROME, May 17 (UPI) -- Maria Sharapova missed her scheduled semifinal match at the $1.34 million Italian Open in Rome Saturday because of a strained left calf.
Jankovic reaches semifinals in Miami

Jankovic reaches semifinals in Miami

MIAMI, April 2 (UPI) -- Serbian Jelena Jankovic reached the semifinals of the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami Wednesday when Elena Dementieva quit because her back hurt.

Serena crushes Henin to reach Miami semis

MIAMI, April 1 (UPI) -- Defending champion Serena Williams beat world No. 1 Justine Henin 6-2, 6-0 in Tuesday's quarterfinals of the $3.77 million Sony Ericsson Open.

Henin, Serena, Venus win; Davenport out

MIAMI, March 31 (UPI) -- World No. 1 Justine Henin, reigning champion Serena Williams and three-time winner Venus Williams advanced Monday at the Sony Ericsson Open.
Ivanovic beats Kuznetsova at Indian Wells

Ivanovic beats Kuznetsova at Indian Wells

INDIAN WELLS, Calif., March 23 (UPI) -- Top-seed Ana Ivanovic of Serbia defeated Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4, 6-3 Sunday to win the Pacific Life Open Championship at Indian Wells, Calif.

Dementieva wins Dubai final

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, March 1 (UPI) -- Elena Dementieva came back to top fellow Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova Saturday and win the Dubai (United Arab Emirates) tennis championships.

Henin advances in Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- No. 1 seed Justine Henin was stretched to three sets Wednesday before winning her second round match at the Dubai Tennis Championships.

Sharapova, Ivanovic advance

DOHA, Qatar, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Ana Ivanovic and No. 4 Maria Sharapova were second-round winners Wednesday at the Qatar Open in Doha, Qatar.

Henin, Sharapova open with wins in Madrid

MADRID, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- World No. 1 Justin Henin and former top-ranked Maria Sharapova were winners Tuesday in the first round of the $3 million Sony Ericsson Championships.

Henin leads winners at the Zurich Open

ZURICH, Switzerland, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Justine Henin Thursday beat Vera Zvonareva in straight sets in the second round of the Zurich Open Tennis Tournament at Zurich, Switzerland.
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Svetlana Kuznetsova
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

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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