Former world no. 2 Svetlana Kuznetsova has proven that injuries, age and negative moments can be overcome. She smiled back at Cincinnati, getting an unexpected final, lost against Madison Keys at the end of a hard-fought match.
Thanks to her performance in Cincinnati, she was able to re-enter the top-100 after almost exiting the top-200 of the WTA rankings because of visa-related problems that kept her from traveling to, and defending her title, in Washington.
She is a veteran of the WTA Tour, a two-time Major champion (at the 2004 US and 2008 French Opens) who experienced difficult times in the last year-and-a-half. Physical problems and injuries that, at 34 years old, can affect the life of an athlete who, during her career, has achieved excellent results, expressing perseverance and a certain regularity.
This year she came back on the court in April, in Lugano, after a stop of almost eight months. And in the end, her perseverance was right. She broke to the top 100 this year after the slip-out of last season. Of course, the defeat in the first round of the US Open 2019 against Kristie Ahn was unexpected, but what does a champion like her have to prove, having won two Slams and 18 titles in women's singles in her career? She can try (and she is doing it) to herself to still be competitive, and to be able to win even some more important tournaments. She can also prove to her colleagues, especially the younger ones, that perseverance is a skill that very important in a tennis player's career. A phrase that is now mainstream and perfectly suited: never give-up.