Re: Unfulfilled potential has Kuznetsova looking for answers
It's been such a disappointing year for her. I would have picked Sveta to pick up another major this year with the slams and Olympics going to five different players but she has ended up having the most disappointing year of all the Doha qualifiers, being totally upstaged by Dinara Safina and Elena Dementieva who have taken advantage of the instability to move well ahead of the more fancied Sveta.
I am pleased that she is trying something new because as the article says, the problems are largely mental. Sveta can win on all surfaces and beat everyone but she seems unable to do it in the big matches and her results in finals over the last two years are an absolute shocker. The fact is that with a bit of belief, she could definitely get the no 1 ranking. To my mind she has shown enough to prove she can win Roland Garros and I think her Wimbledon results have never fulfilled the potential shown by her 2003 quarter-final when unseeded and 2004 Eastbourne title, she should make a semi or a final at the very least in the next two years to make up for it.
One thing the article did not mention which I think partly lies behind the depression of Sveta's career is the fact that because she did not possess the glamour of some of her Russian contemporaries like Myskina and especially Sharapova, Sveta's 2004 US Open win was largely greeted with indifference by the world's media, and to add insult to injury, that media seemed far more interested in Sveta when she was accused over that non-event, the Belgian exhibition 'drugs' scandal. Sorry to pun, but that must have been a terribly bitter pill to swallow and was responsible for her subsequent plunge in the rankings in 2005. Sveta has recovered sufficiently to be firmly established in the top 8, but it is almost like she does not want to win another slam and meet that wall of indifference again. It's similar to the way Conchita Martinez was treated when she won Wimbledon.
The good thing is that both Sveta and her WTA mentors have been trying to remedy the lack of media interest in Sveta by portraying her as probably the most cool and fun player in the top 10, if not the most beautiful. Good for Sveta - I just hope that the general public will get more of a feel for her in time, because she really is a super player when she has the inspiration.
Last edited by StephenUK; Oct 25th, 2008 at 10:35 AM.
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