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Sveta says she will make her way to the center court

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Svetlana Kuznetsova was shopping for shirts the other day when several people stopped her, asking if she was the defending U.S. Open champion.

So what if most didn't know her last name. At least they recognized her.

Kuznetsova has been largely overlooked in the buildup to the U.S. Open, with all the attention centered on Lindsay Davenport, Maria Sharapova and Kim Clijsters. Her first-round match, against fellow Russian Ekaterina Bychkova on Monday morning, isn't even one of those featured on center court.

''There's lots of good players to play on the center court here,'' Kuznetsova said Sunday, shrugging. ''I am playing. I think I will play there also (sometime). So I don't mind.''

Kuznetsova may not be as glamorous as some of the other Russians, but her star power hasn't been helped by her recent play. Though she's ranked fifth in the world, she's 27-14 in 20 tournaments this year, and is still looking for her first title.

She did make the quarterfinals at both the Australian Open and Wimbledon, and lost to Justine Henin-Hardenne in the finals in Warsaw, Poland. But she hasn't gotten past the third round since Wimbledon, and was bothered by a back injury in her loss in Toronto two weeks ago.

''I think I've been going pretty fast ... these few years,'' she said. ''This year I was not improving so much because I am already in the top 10 and it's much harder to stay there and to go higher.

''Last year was a big breakthrough, and this year I couldn't make it so good also,'' she added. ''So I am expecting it still to be better.''

With her back healthy again, there's no better place for her to make a run than the U.S. Open.

Kuznetsova overwhelmed Elena Dementieva in straight sets for her first Grand Slam title. She was the third Russian in a row to win a Grand Slam, joining Anastasia Myskina (French) and Sharapova (Wimbledon).

''I was not that satisfied, not that happy with (this) year,'' Kuznetsova said. ''Coming here, it just changes everything. I just forget all the tournaments that have been before, I forget all what's behind me and I just remember the memories and want to do good here. I want to play my best tennis and don't think what happened before it.''
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You'll lose before you make it there, Sveta.
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I hope she does well. Good luck Svetlana.
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You'll lose before you make it there, Sveta.

at least she'll play, not withdraw like someone who does it at every other tournament.

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poor Sveta, alot of media don't know she's defending champion. I heard two reports on the weekend, one saying Davenport defending us open champion and last night on eurosport news they had a report on Venus Williams the Us Open defending Champion.
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As long as she's there on the second Saturday, it's all good.
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how can u be 27-14 in 20 tourneys and not have won a title
i saw her have a hit with schiavone on saturday, she looks relaxed and at the same time focused..i dont really think she is feeling the pressure, go sveta

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how can u be 27-14 in 20 tourneys and not have won a title
i saw her have a hit with schiavone on saturday, she looks relaxed and at the same time focused..i dont really think she is feeling the pressure, go sveta
I don't know...that confused me too, maybe its a typo or they counted Fed Cup or something...I'm gonna look @ her '05 activity.
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think it was just a typo, i only counted 14 tourneys with 1 loss in each...
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I felt sad reading that. I could imagine a violin playing as i read it, picturing svetlana walking alone etc. [The scary part s i'm NOT lying]. While WE know her, she has been largely ignored by the media. I've never heard or her getting a photoshoot or anything. She was the only russian slam winner not to get a call from the former president too. People hardly speak about last years USO win, in comparison with the other two.

She's one of the nicest girls too. I hope Svetlana's fortunes change. If Eleni or Sania are not able - i'd very much love Svetlana to knock out IT (girl). Maybe then she can get better media recognition.

I hope she has a great run, and gets to the semi's (losing only to Venus). If not gets to the finals.
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I can't believe shes played 20 tournaments with no wins, Of the matches I saw her play in she seems like shes here to stay in the Top 10 and looks to be the most talented russian.

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at least she'll play, not withdraw like someone who does it at every other tournament.
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Canadians with digital cable...Svetlana was just on BBC World, on a show called Extra Time. Check listings... the show will be repeated.
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I felt sad reading that. I could imagine a violin playing as i read it, picturing svetlana walking alone etc. [The scary part s i'm NOT lying]. While WE know her, she has been largely ignored by the media. I've never heard or her getting a photoshoot or anything. She was the only russian slam winner not to get a call from the former president too. People hardly speak about last years USO win, in comparison with the other two.

She's one of the nicest girls too. I hope Svetlana's fortunes change. If Eleni or Sania are not able - i'd very much love Svetlana to knock out IT (girl). Maybe then she can get better media recognition.

I hope she has a great run, and gets to the semi's (losing only to Venus). If not gets to the finals.
Yeah.I felt really sorry for Sveta too .How is her win any less than those of the other russians?IMO it would be good for Sveta to lose this time so that the pressure of being a reigning GS champ will be off her.I think she wasn't ready for that pressure,and it affected her game.I think that we'll see better things from her next year.The pressure will be off her and she can go back to playing her natural game.

Sveta is the most talented of the russians IMO.She's got bags more talent than IT girl certainly.Maria is a very good player,but way over-hyped.I hope she gets knocked out early to shut all the press hounds up .You can do it Eleni !If not,go hard at her Sania(if she gets that far)!
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You'll lose before you make it there, Sveta.
better watch out for serenas early exit

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