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Cirstea advances to WTA quarterfinals in Thailand

Cirstea advances to WTA quarterfinals in Thailand

PATTAYA, Thailand, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- No. 3-seeded Sorana Cirstea converted all of her break chances in a second-round win Wednesday at the PTT Pattaya Open tennis tournament in Thailand.
Lisicki survives first-round WTA challenge in Thailand

Lisicki survives first-round WTA challenge in Thailand

PATTAYA, Thailand, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Sabine Lisicki needed a third set Monday to gain a spot in the second round of the WTA's PTT Pattaya Open in Thailand.
Azarenka, Sharapova move to second round in Australia

Azarenka, Sharapova move to second round in Australia

MELBOURNE, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Two-time defending champion Victoria Azarenka overcame a slow start but won her first-round match in straight sets Tuesday at the Australian Open.
Halep, Stosur to meet in Kremlin Cup final

Halep, Stosur to meet in Kremlin Cup final

MOSCOW, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Simona Halep and Samantha Stosur both won in straight sets Saturday and will square off in the final of the WTA's Kremlin Cup tournament in Moscow.
Kuznetsova, Stosur advance to Kremlin Cup semis

Kuznetsova, Stosur advance to Kremlin Cup semis

MOSCOW, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Svetlana Kuznetsova and Samantha Stosur rode wins Friday over higher-seeded players into the semifinals of the WTA's Kremlin Cup tournament in Moscow.
Ivanovic gains spot in Kremlin Cup quarterfinals

Ivanovic gains spot in Kremlin Cup quarterfinals

MOSCOW, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Fourth-seeded Ana Ivanovic swept into the quarterfinals of the WTA's side of the Kremlin Cup with a straight-set win Thursday in Moscow.
Vinci comes from behind for Kremlin Cup match win

Vinci comes from behind for Kremlin Cup match win

MOSCOW, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Second-seeded Roberta Vinci came from behind for a second-round win Wednesday at the WTA's Kremlin Cup tennis tournament in Moscow.
Pavlyuchenkova piles up breaks in Kremlin Cup win

Pavlyuchenkova piles up breaks in Kremlin Cup win

MOSCOW, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova dropped just three games Monday in taking a first-round win at the WTA's Kremlin Cup tennis tournament in Moscow.
Kvitova, Li advance to China Open quarterfinals

Kvitova, Li advance to China Open quarterfinals

BEIJING, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Petra Kvitova and Li Na posted third-round victories Wednesday and will square off in the quarterfinals of the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing.
Petkovic beats Azarenka in China Open first round

Petkovic beats Azarenka in China Open first round

BEIJING, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Andrea Petkovic ousted world No. 2 and defending champion Victoria Azarenka in a first-round match Monday at the China Open tennis tournament.
Venus Williams through to semifinals in Tokyo

Venus Williams through to semifinals in Tokyo

TOKYO, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Venus Williams claimed a 3-hour, three-set victory Thursday in gaining a spot in the semifinals of the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.
Venus Williams beats Victoria Azarenka at Pan Pacific Open

Venus Williams beats Victoria Azarenka at Pan Pacific Open

TOKYO, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Venus Williams defeated world No. 2 Victoria Azarenka in a second-round match Tuesday at the Toray Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament in Tokyo.
Sloane Stephens among winners as Pan Pacific Open begins

Sloane Stephens among winners as Pan Pacific Open begins

TOKYO, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- No. 9-seeded Sloane Stephens was on the court less than an hour Sunday in taking a first-round win at the WTA's Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.
Pennetta looks to continue strong run in U.S. Open semis

Pennetta looks to continue strong run in U.S. Open semis

NEW YORK, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- Flavia Pennetta has taken out a series of seeded players en route to her first Grand Slam semifinal but the path forward at the U.S. Open is even tougher.

Caroline Wozniacki ousted, Victoria Azarenka advances at U.S. Open

NEW YORK, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Italian Camila Giorgi knocked out No. 6 Caroline Wozniacki but second-seeded Victoria Azarenka advanced as expected at the U.S. Open Saturday.
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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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