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Kuznetsova Won't Play on National Team: Will Challenge Justine on World No. 1

Kuznetsova Won't Play on National Team
Svetlana Kuznetsova, the No.2 ranked women's tennis player in the world, will not play on the Russian national team against Israel in the first round of the Federation Cup (the women's equivalent of the Davis Cup), Sport Ekspress newspaper reports. She told team captain Shamil Tarpishchev that she will challenge Belgian Justine Henin for first place in the world and the Federation Cup match does not fit her schedule.
Tarpishchev allowed Kuznetsova to miss the match, substituting 15th-ranked Dinara Safina on the team. Maria Sharapova and Anna Chakvetadze will also play on the team. The final lineup of the team will be announced during the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam tournament of the season. The Russian team is the current holder of the Federation Cup.

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Re: Kuznetsova Won't Play on National Team: Will Challenge Justine on World No. 1

she can try but i don't thihnk she will be that much of a challenge, i expect her to fall to about no. 5 next year

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she can try but i don't thihnk she will be that much of a challenge, i expect her to fall to about no. 5 next year
seriously.... good luck with the one kuzi......
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Re: Kuznetsova Won't Play on National Team: Will Challenge Justine on World No. 1

nice try, Kuzi, but... you'd have more fun in FedCup!
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Re: Kuznetsova Won't Play on National Team: Will Challenge Justine on World No. 1

Wow.
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Re: Kuznetsova Won't Play on National Team: Will Challenge Justine on World No. 1

Let's all hate on a girl who wants to step up and challenge Justine.
I'm sure Kuznetsova is more than aware of the fact that she's #2 in the world. If not her, then whom?
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Re: Kuznetsova Won't Play on National Team: Will Challenge Justine on World No. 1

Well Justine's got a big lead in points.

but if we're talking about #1, and not "#1" then She's about a 3 majors away from that , especially the way she performed in her 2 major finals v. Justine

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Re: Kuznetsova Won't Play on National Team: Will Challenge Justine on World No. 1

If you can't find a better excuse to not play Kuzzie, then play.
That's a lame excuse, seriously.

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Re: Kuznetsova Won't Play on National Team: Will Challenge Justine on World No. 1

Kuzi has as much chance being ranked number 1 this year as I do (and I'm a guy, so chances aren't that great!)

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she is probably the only one who think she can do it though

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are Serena and Venus the only ones allowed to say they want to get back to N1

When you're N2, it's normal you want to give everything to become N1, if Sveta wouldn't believe she could do it, she might as well stop playing tennis... you need goals to keep progressing.

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Re: Kuznetsova Won't Play on National Team: Will Challenge Justine on World No. 1

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she could, but as someone above has stated, Its a lame excuse to not play play Fed Cup.

Kuznetsova, even though she is "#2" has a lot more player to contend in staying #2. the rest of the TOP 8 players are closer to her than she is with Justine on ranking points and by the looks of it, these players behind here are more than capable of bludgeoning here. She should not worry about Justine, she needs to worry about the WS, the Serbs and Masha who could very well kick here out of the top 5!

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Re: Kuznetsova Won't Play on National Team: Will Challenge Justine on World No. 1

To me, it normal that the #2 ranked player says she wants to do better and try and reach the top of the rankings. If Kuznetsova wants to focus on trying to reach #1, good for her. I'm not sure she's capable of it at the moment but that's something else.
Plus it's up to her to decided whether she wants to play Fed Cup or not. If at this point she wants to focus on her singles play, and therefore doesn't think Fed Cup will fit in her schedule it's her decision.
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Re: Kuznetsova Won't Play on National Team: Will Challenge Justine on World No. 1

I see nothing here that justifies any critism towards Svetlana. As has been said before it is right that a player should strive to be the best they can be and I don't see anything wrong in Svetlana doing the things that put her in the best position to achieve that, even if it is a tough ask.

As for missing the Fed Cup, Russia, and thus Russia tennis players, are in a unique position concerning the Davis Cup. Whereas most countries, the US, Serbia, Czech Rep, France etc, sink or swim based on their top players participation, Russia has such depth that there is always going to be another good player to pick up for anyone who doesn't wish to play. Infact it is right, giving all the good players Russia has, that a Russian who has been a fixture on the team for a couple of years, steps back to give other players their opportunity. That is what Nastya did a few years ago after winning a couple of Fed Cups and that is what Svetlana is doing now.

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Re: Kuznetsova Won't Play on National Team: Will Challenge Justine on World No. 1

Come On!!!! She's being so UNREALISTIC!!!! MAria, Lindsay, jUstine, Venus and SErenA will kick the hell Out of her butt!!!!!!!!!
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