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goldenlox
Jan 4th, 2007, 10:31 AM
Sveta will be the #3 seed, her highest ever.

goldenlox
Jan 9th, 2007, 11:31 AM
Kuznetsova fears for Melbourne bid

Sydney Day 3 Round-Up (http://www.eurosport.co.uk/tennis/errorconvertingthelink/sport_sto1049706.shtml)

A respiratory problem has left Svetlana Kuznetsova's participation at the Australian Open in doubt.

The powerful Russian had lost the first set of her second round match at the Sydney International with Slovakia's Katarina Srebotnik 6-2 when she called it quits.
She picked up an infection playing in Hong Kong at the weekend which has left her with a croaky throat and struggling to breathe.
"It's really bad," the world number four told a news conference. "I cannot do everything well.
"I just need to stop in the middle of the round to breathe, and my nose closes and I hear everything 'ding dinging' in my ears.
"The blood is going up and I can't really focus with everything else."
Kuznetsova, US Open champion in 2004 and runner-up at the French Open last year, said she had considered pulling out of the match before it started but wanted to see how far she could push her body with the opening Grand Slam less than a week away.
"My concern was if I can go on the court today or whether I should pull out before the match," she said.
"I did my best but I wasn't able to push my body to the max.
"I did not play for three days and I felt more or less good, but I just found it so difficult when you cannot breathe."
Kuznetsova said she opted against taking antibiotics to clear the infections and was hoping rest would provide a quicker cure to ensure she makes it to the Open.
"I definitely will play the Australian Open but if I feel a bit like this I will push myself and maybe I will have to retire again," she said.
"I am really motivated to play. If I am the same way as I am today, I won't. But if I get better, I think I should."

smiler
Jan 9th, 2007, 11:57 AM
Damn bronchitis! It doesn't sound too good :unsure: I hope she get's time to rest up well before Melbourne.

goldenlox
Jan 9th, 2007, 06:51 PM
It looks like it will be a day by day situation. If she gets better, she might surprise us with a big run in Melbourne.

goldenlox
Jan 11th, 2007, 11:26 PM
I don't know if Sveta is healthy, but she has a nice draw -

Nadia Petrova RUS (5) vs. Tamarine Tanasugarn THA
Gisela Dulko ARG vs. Tiantian Sun CHN
Michaella Krajicek NED vs. QUALIFIER
Serena Williams USA vs. Mara Santangelo ITA (27)

Marion Bartoli FRA (18) vs. Vera Dushevina RUS
Victoria Azarenka BLR vs. Yuliana Fedak UKR
Melinda Czink HUN vs. Virginia Ruano Pascual ESP
Aleksandra Wozniak CAN vs. Jelena Jankovic SRB (11)

Shahar Peer ISR (16) vs. Romina Oprandi ITA
Edina Gallovits ROM vs. Meilen Tu USA
Zuzana Ondraskova CZE vs. Clarisa Fernandez ARG
Anna Smashnova ISR vs. Tatiana Golovin FRA (20)

Maria Kirilenko RUS (26) vs. Karolina Sprem CRO
QUALIFIER vs. Elena Likhovtseva RUS
Iroda Tulyaganova UZB vs. Monique Adamczak AUS
Jessica Moore AUS vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS (3)

Andy.
Jan 12th, 2007, 11:33 AM
Svets has a great draw I just hope that her health is up to it so she can play. Good luck Svets

Foot's Fingers
Jan 12th, 2007, 01:58 PM
She could be cklear favorite for QF at least with this draw, now main task - to be healthy

Pls withdrew from doubles, just singles

+ first rnd opponent it's not even Srebotnik So sveta has more days for main matches

goldenlox
Jan 12th, 2007, 10:40 PM
I never liked when Sveta had a hard week right before a major.
If she is healthy, she can get herself into match shape in these first 3 rounds, which she should win.
It could turn out to be a very good tournament for her, as long as she has her health

goldenlox
Jan 13th, 2007, 12:50 PM
Sveta starts on a big court, Vodafone, last match

Andy.
Jan 13th, 2007, 08:45 PM
Im sure she is much better by now and even if she is not 100% Im confident that she can play herself into health and form by the first 3 rounds.

goldenlox
Jan 13th, 2007, 09:47 PM
Matt Cronin - Svetlana Kuznetsova: What's missing with Sveta these days? Confidence? Motivation? A consistent go-to game plan? All of the above, but she can put it together in a moment's notice.

Ballbasher
Jan 14th, 2007, 09:05 AM
Tulyaganova is unpredictable but I hope Sveta can pass her first three rounds her Doubles partner is Swiss Miss Martina Hingis and they play Husarova/Jankovic :eek: :eek:

goldenlox
Jan 14th, 2007, 01:17 PM
Svetlana Kuznetsova, Russia
Date Of Birth: June 27, 1985
Height: 5'8''
Weight: 161 lbs.
Plays: Righthanded
Career Titles: 8
Best Australian Open: QF, 2005
Coach: Stefan Ortega


No player other than Justine Henin-Hardenne won as many matches as Svetlana Kuznetsova in 2006. Having finished 2005 ranked No. 18, the Russian ended last season back up at No. 4 after notching up 60 wins in 80 matches. In the process she won Miami, Bali and Beijing, as well as finishing runner-up to the Belgian at Roland Garros. Overall it was a positive response to her winless 2005 campaign, when she suffered a back injury and loss of confidence. But can she now kick on to challenge for more majors to add to her 2004 U.S. Open success and will she be fit to do so in Melbourne? In Sydney, Kuznetsova pulled out of her match with Katarina Srebotnik complaining of breathing problems after having lost the opening set, 6-2. She was suffering from an upper respiratory tract infection but hopes a week to recover will be enough. Seeded to meet fellow Russian and doubtful starter Nadia Petrova in the quarterfinals. They are in the same half as defending champion Amelie Mauresmo but away from the likes of Maria Sharapova and Kim Clijsters.

goldenlox
Jan 14th, 2007, 01:48 PM
Sveta plays doubles with Hingis



Janette Husarova SVK (15)/Jelena Jankovic SRB (15) vs. Martina Hingis SUI /Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS
Lucie Hradecka CZE /Renata Voracova CZE vs. Vera Dushevina RUS /Maria Kirilenko RUS
Ashley Harkleroad USA /Galina Voskoboeva RUS vs. Milagros Sequera VEN /Meilen Tu USA
Emilie Loit FRA /Nicole Pratt AUS vs. Virginia Ruano Pascual ESP (4)/Paola Suarez ARG (4)

goldenlox
Jan 15th, 2007, 10:54 AM
Sveta beat Moore 62 60 in round 1

http://ak.imgfarm.com/images/ap/AUSTRALIA_TENNIS_OPEN.sff_MEL287_20070115045010.jp g

http://ak.imgfarm.com/images/ap/AUSTRALIA_TENNIS_OPEN.sff_MEL286_20070115045333.jp g

Andy.
Jan 15th, 2007, 11:18 AM
Thats a really great start for Sveta, well done

goldenlox
Jan 15th, 2007, 02:13 PM
Next Sveta plays Monique Adamczak AUS, so another big court, hopefully RLA

Jodie
Jan 15th, 2007, 07:03 PM
Well done! :yeah:

flyingmachine
Jan 15th, 2007, 08:26 PM
I just happy that she's go through. Can't believe that she is playing doubles whiles not in the best of health anyway, hopefully she will be better. *Fingers cross*

goldenlox
Jan 15th, 2007, 08:57 PM
Kuznetsova Leads Russian March On Australian Open


Reuters
http://www.times.spb.ru/archive/img/1237/1237_16_tennis.jpg (http://www.times.spb.ru/index.php?action_id=4&photo_id=3526)
Tim Wimborne / Reuters
Svetlana Kuznetsova at the Australian Open on Monday. She beat Jessica Moore.

MELBOURNE ó After playing the waiting game for almost three hours, St. Petersburgís Svetlana Kuznetsova sprinted past Australian wildcard Jessica Moore 6-2 6-0 on Monday to book her place in the second round of the Australian Open.
The third seed led a sextet of Russian women through. She was joined by fifth seed Nadia Petrova, seventh seed Yelena Dementyeva, Maria Kirilenko and Yelena Vesnina.
Olga Putchkova earned the unenviable task of taking on defending champion Amelie Mauresmo following a 6-2 6-4 win over Polandís Marta Domachowska.
Kuznetsova had to hang around in the locker room as Mardy Fish battered menís fourth seed Ivan Ljubicic into submission on Vodafone Arena.
Once she stepped on court she overpowered the 16-year-old Australian, ranked 914th in the world, and carved out victory in 59 minutes under fading lights.

goldenlox
Jan 16th, 2007, 01:36 PM
Sveta plays her 2nd round match on Rod Laver Arena, the later plays doubles with Hingis.
A high profile day for Sveta.

goldenlox
Jan 17th, 2007, 12:20 AM
Sveta won 6-2, 6-1. She still has doubles with Hingis today

Jodie
Jan 17th, 2007, 05:51 AM
Sveta/Martina d (15)Jankovic/Husarova 7-5 6-1 :D :yeah:

smiler
Jan 17th, 2007, 11:29 AM
She's had a pretty good start huh? :) Let's hope she keeps it up! :bounce:

I'm suprised she's playing doubles when she's had health concerns, but I guess that's a good sign that she's feeling up for it! Wow Sveta & Martina?! They could be a wicked doubles pair! I wish I could see some of the matches. I wonder if she'll play with Alicia again when Alicia is really back on form :shrug: I'm just happy to see her playing :D

Andy.
Jan 17th, 2007, 11:53 AM
Looks as though Sveta is over her health issues, she really is playing awesome tennis right now, I hope she can keep it up.

Foot's Fingers
Jan 18th, 2007, 08:24 AM
3 good wins on the start of the tournament

just Great!!!

goldenlox
Jan 19th, 2007, 02:04 AM
Sveta is on RLA for the 2nd straight time. Up 4-1 in the first against Kirilenko.

goldenlox
Jan 19th, 2007, 02:33 AM
Sveta is up 6-1, 3-1. The competition gets tougher next week, but Sveta really started this tournament strong.
I think Sveta should always take off the week before a major, like she did for RG last year.
Be fresh for a major.

goldenlox
Jan 19th, 2007, 03:09 AM
Sveta won 6-1, 6-4. Next is Golovin or Peer. She defended her 4th round results of last year.

smiler
Jan 19th, 2007, 05:20 AM
Yey nice win, Golovin/Peer will be a step up....., :bounce: go Sveta!

goldenlox
Jan 19th, 2007, 09:56 AM
Sveta plays Golovin. The doubles match with Hingis will be on Saturday. Now, it's Friday night

Jodie
Jan 19th, 2007, 10:17 AM
Sveta plays Golovin. The doubles match with Hingis will be on Saturday. Now, it's Friday night

Sveta have to play against Peer, not golovin ;)

Well done! :yeah:

goldenlox
Jan 19th, 2007, 10:30 AM
Yeah, Sveta plays Peer

http://espn-i.starwave.com/media/apphoto/XMEL14501190555.jpg

Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova in action against compatriot Maria Kirilenko in their third round match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, Friday, Jan. 19, 2007. Kuznetsova won in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4. (AP Photo/Andrew Brownbill)

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Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova celebrates after defeating compatriot Maria Kirilenko in their third round match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, Friday, Jan. 19, 2007. Kuznetsova won in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4. (AP Photo/Rick Stevens)

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Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova raises her arms as she celebrates a point win during her match against compatriot Maria Kirilenko in the third round at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, Friday, Jan. 19, 2007. Kuznetsova won in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4. (AP Photo/Rick Stevens)

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Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova falls while playing compatriot Maria Kirilenko during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, Friday, Jan. 19, 2007. Kuznetsova won in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

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Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova reacts during match against compatriot Maria Kirilenko in their third round match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, Friday, Jan. 19, 2007. Kuznetsova won in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4. (AP Photo/Rick Stevens)

Andy.
Jan 19th, 2007, 10:39 AM
I was really impressed with Sveta today, Maria raised her level in the second and Sveta resonded and really played well when she needed to. She is slowly creeping through this tournament.

~Kiera~
Jan 19th, 2007, 01:48 PM
http://www.eurosport.co.uk/tennis/australian-open/2007/mc_vid32717.shtml

Barbara meets Svetlana

Ballbasher
Jan 19th, 2007, 03:26 PM
Sveta is playing amazing :hearts: :hearts:

flyingmachine
Jan 20th, 2007, 09:43 AM
http://www.eurosport.co.uk/tennis/australian-open/2007/mc_vid32717.shtml

Barbara meets Svetlana

Despite her accent I'm very impressed with her English in this interveiw which is a lot better than last year.

goldenlox
Jan 20th, 2007, 02:34 PM
So far, everything has gone right for Sveta. But now she has better opponents, and she needs to be very concentrated.

Milito22
Jan 20th, 2007, 02:48 PM
nice pics! :wavey: and vamos Sveta! :rocker2:

pauline
Jan 20th, 2007, 04:36 PM
Good luck Sveta, you're the best!!! :)

Bероника
Jan 20th, 2007, 06:39 PM
Good luck vs Peer!!!! :bounce:

goldenlox
Jan 21st, 2007, 01:53 AM
Sveta up 2-1.

goldenlox
Jan 21st, 2007, 02:26 AM
Sveta was up 3-1, and lost the 1st set 4-6

goldenlox
Jan 21st, 2007, 02:55 AM
Sveta down 4-6, 2-4

goldenlox
Jan 21st, 2007, 07:08 AM
Sveta lost to Peer 4-6, 2-6. She could have caught Mauresmo for world #3, but that will have to wait.
I wonder why Sveta's not playing Tokyo. She has next week with no singles. She would be rested for Tokyo.

Ballbasher
Jan 21st, 2007, 11:48 AM
I really hope she does well in Doubles now because this loss was so dissapointing :sad:

Jodie
Jan 21st, 2007, 01:09 PM
I really hope she does well in Doubles now because this loss was so dissapointing :sad:

Ditto..

Sveta.. :hug: Good luck in the doubles..!

goldenlox
Jan 21st, 2007, 02:17 PM
"Match by match I was feeling more and more confident but it was a mental thing today, I wasn't 100 percent there in my mind," said Kuznetsova, who has dropped just 10 games in the first three rounds.
"I wanted the win too badly."
Kuznetsova blamed the difficult conditions for Sunday's results.
"It was hard conditions here because you have roof open, roof closed, rain... I'm not making any excuses because I did play a ridiculous match."
"I think it's mental. I was thinking about different stuff -- not like, 'What am I going to eat for dinner' -- but about what's going on on the court. I wasn't 100 percent there in my mind."

Agassi Fan
Jan 21st, 2007, 06:45 PM
I really hope she does well in Doubles now because this loss was so dissapointing :sad:

:sad: :sad: :sad:

smiler
Jan 22nd, 2007, 04:44 PM
"I think it's mental. I was thinking about different stuff -- not like, 'What am I going to eat for dinner' -- but about what's going on on the court. I wasn't 100 percent there in my mind."
:lol: She is so funny in interviews! It's refreshing to have someone who speaks freely rather than another tennis interview robot! Disappointing that she lost, but on the bright side she didn't loose any points, & I'm kinda glad it was Shahar.

Bероника
Jan 22nd, 2007, 04:46 PM
So now that she's out in singles and doubles,what's her next tourney?