Former World No. 2 Svetlana Kuznetsova says scammers are using the current COVID-19 pandemic to make some quick money and shared her story to warn other people so that they do not fall prey to the same. According to the GoTennis.ru website, Kuznetsova posted on her social media account, "Dear friends!
This post is more likely for athletes. For a second time I received a message. They asked me to transfer some money. There is a photo of some famous athlete on the avatar. An unfamiliar number, asks for help: "Help me out tonight, I'll transfer everything back to you.
Today I received a message as if it came from Yevgeny Kafelnikov: "Help me out, I'm not in Moscow yet. My relatives need help with the money so that they go to quarantine. Give me please, 50 thousand rubbles." I almost transferred, but something saved me.
I asked a couple of questions and realized that this was not Yevgeny at all." The Russian is fairly active on social media and also recently shared a post of her being tested for COVID-19, which came back negative. Kuznetsova has appeared in four Grand Slam singles finals, winning two, and has also appeared in seven doubles finals, winning twice.
The Russian won her first Grand Slam title came at the 2004 US Open over countrywoman Elena Dementieva, making her the third Russian woman to win a Grand Slam title, after Anastasia Myskina and Maria Sharapova. Kuznetsova's second Grand Slam title came at the 2009 French Open, defeating compatriot Dinara Safina in the final in straight sets.
She was also the runner-up at the 2006 French Open and the 2007 US Open singles tournament. In doubles, she has won the Australian Open twice, alongside Alicia Molik and in 2012 partnering Vera Zvonareva. She has won a total of 18 WTA singles and 16 WTA doubles titles to date.