Originally Posted by Volcana
Gotta come clean. I thought this semi would be Farina Elia vs Mauresmo.
Kuznetsova's clay court record is staggering in it's ordinariness. She won Helsinki in 2002. It's a Tier IV. Of course, she WAS 17, which makes it more impressive, but it's stil a Tier IV. And she's never made another final on clay. Only one other semi.
Actually, clay is the surface which propelled Sveta on to the Tour proper - at the start of 2002, she was ranked outside the top 250, and it was mainly some steadily improving performances in small clay tournaments which got her into the top 100.
And she's only played three clay tournaments since Helsinki 2002 - her 2003 clay record wasn't amazing, but none of the losses were anything to be ashamed of:
Berlin May 11 2003
1 S Kuznetsova - V Razzano 6-1 6-1
2 P Schnyder(15) - S Kuznetsova 7-6(4) 6-4
Rome May 18 2003
1 S Kuznetsova - M Mikaelian 6-3 6-2
2 S Kuznetsova - E Daniilidou(12) 6-3 6-2
3 A Myskina(8) - S Kuznetsova 6-4 7-5
Roland Garros June 8 2003
1 M Shaughnessy(18) - S Kuznetsova 3-6 7-5 11-9
Looking at the ease with which she's demolishing her opponents... she should be considered equal favourite for the title with Venus.