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Russia's major statement

September, 11, 2013
Svetlana Kuznetsova Howard Earl Simmons/NY Daily News Archive/Getty ImagesSvetlana Kuznetsova and Elena Dementieva paid tribute to the victims of Sept. 11 prior to their 2004 final at the US Open.

On this day in 2004, 19-year-old Svetlana Kuznetsova won the US Open and became the third straight Russian woman to win a Grand Slam title. Earlier that year, Anastasia Myskina won the French Open and Maria Sharapova won Wimbledon. Kuznetsova, in fact, beat a fourth Russian in the first all-Russian women’s final at the US Open, topping French Open runner-up Elena Dementieva in straight sets. The Russians took out a pair of Americans in the semifinals, with Kuznetsova beating Lindsay Davenport and Dementieva defeating Jennifer Capriati. At the end of 2004, there were seven Russians in the top 15 of the WTA rankings. Today, Sharapova – at No. 3 – is the lone Russian woman in the top 15, but six Russians – including Kuznetsova at No. 28 --occupy spots in the top 30.

One-hit wonders at Open

August, 26, 2013
Svetlana KuznetsovaCynthia Lum/Getty ImagesSvetlana Kuznetsova, the 2004 US Open champion who is seeded 27th this year, plays American Mallory Burdette in the first round.
It’s Day 1 at the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., and we’re saluting the tournament’s one-hit wonders – the nine women who have won the Open singles title a single time in the Open era. Sam Stosur (2011) and Svetlana Kuznetsova (2004) are the lone women looking to get off that list in 2013 by grabbing a second trophy. Kuznetsova made it back to the final in 2007 before falling to Justine Henin. The other one-hit wonders at the Open are Maria Sharapova (2006), Lindsay Davenport (1998), Martina Hingis (1997), Arantxa Sanchez Vicario (1994), Gabriela Sabatini (1990), Hana Mandlikova (1985) and Virginia Wade (1968).

A month away from France's red clay

April, 26, 2013
Maria Sharapova
Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty ImagesMaria Sharapova became the 10th woman to win a career Grand Slam when she defeated Sara Errani at the 2012 French Open.
One month from today, on May 26, the French Open opens at Roland Garros. The tournament dates back to 1891, and the first women’s singles champion was crowned in 1897 when Adine Masson won the trophy. In the Open Era, Chris Evert has won the most titles on the red clay, with seven. This year’s draw is expected to feature six former champions: Maria Sharapova (2012), Li Na (2011), Francesca Schiavone (2010), Svetlana Kuznetsova (2009), Ana Ivanovic (2008) and Serena Williams (2002).

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Happy International Women’s Day!

March, 8, 2013
Torsten Blackwood/AFP/Getty ImagesFrancesca Schiavone saved six match points in her epic win over Svetlana Kuznetsova.
Did you know that International Women’s Day, celebrated annually on March 8, was originally called International Working Women’s Day? So we want to salute those women who have worked long hours on their fields of play. First up, Skylar Diggins, who on Monday played all 55 minutes, a school record, in Notre Dame’s triple-overtime win over Connecticut. Then there’s Jiyai Shin, who went nine playoff holes (over two days) to beat Paula Creamer at the 2012 Kingsmill Championship to end the longest sudden-death playoff between two players in LPGA Tour history. Finally, here’s to Francesca Schiavone, who played a Grand Slam-record 4 hours and 44 minutes to beat Svetlana Kuznetsova and advance to the Australian Open quarterfinals in 2011. To put that in perspective, Paula Radcliffe could have finished two marathons in that amount of time, provided she kept her world-record pace from the 2003 London Marathon of 2 hours, 15 minutes and 25 seconds.

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