Russia's major statement
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.