Kuznetsova Commits To Charleston
Photo By Fred Mullane By Tennis Week
Former U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova will make her Family Circle Cup debut when the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour stops in Charleston next month. Currently ranked No. 14 in the world, Kuznetsova is one of five Grand Slam champions who will be competing in the 2006 Family Circle Cup. Justine Henin-Hardenne, Mary Pierce, Serena Williams and Venus Williams are scheduled to join Kuznetsova in Charleston.
The Family Circle Cup, the only Tier I clay-court event in the United States, will be held April 8-16th at the Family Circle Tennis Center in Charleston, South Carolina.
"Svetlana is one of the most electrifying players on the Tour," said Robin Reynolds, Facility and Tournament Director of the Family Circle Cup. "Svetlana has, over the past couple of years, emerged as a real contender in womenís tennis, and we are delighted that she has chosen the Cup as one of her tournaments."
The winner of five WTA Tour singles titles, Kuznetsova, a product of St. Petersburg, Russia, will be making her first appearance at the Family Circle Cup. Kuznetsovaís breakthrough season on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour came in 2004, where at the U.S. Open, she defeated Mary Pierce, Nadia Petrova, and Lindsay Davenport en route to the final against compatriot Elena Dementieva. In only the second all-Russian Grand Slam final, she became the lowest seed (9th) to win the championship in the Open Era. She ascended to her career high ranking of No. 4 in the world in October of 2004 by winning 60 singles matches, third only to Lindsay Davenport and Amelie Mauresmoís 63. Kuznetsova, a power-based baseliner, continued with a solid 2005 season, reaching the quarterfinals or better at eight events, including Berlin, the Australian Open, and Wimbledon. In 2005 doubles play, Kuznetsova captured her first Grand Slam doubles championship at the Australian Open (with Alicia Molik). The 2005 season was Kuznetsovaís second straight season earning more than $1 million dollars, and she passed the $4 million dollar mark in career earnings at seasonís end. Kuznetsova started the 2006 season strong, reaching the semifinals at Sydney (losing to eventual champion Justine Henin-Hardenne) and the fourth round at the Australian Open. Last week in Dubai, she defeated the No. 1 seed Amelie Mauresmo en route to a singles semifinal appearance, and also reached the doubles final. The 2006 Family Circle Cup will be held April 8-16 at the Family Circle Tennis Center in Charleston, South Carolina. The Family Circle Tennis Center is a public facility owned by the City of Charleston and operated by Family Circle Magazine that hosts a variety of events including concerts, festivals, tennis events and other special activities throughout the year. For more information on the Family Circle Tennis Center please call (843) 849-5300 or visit www.familycirclecup.com.
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