Svetlana Kuznetsova: the level of the WTA Tour has dropped in recent years



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Svetlana Kuznetsova: the level of the WTA Tour has dropped in recent years

Former two-time Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova says the women's tennis tour lacks any top stars these days, according to the Sport.ru website. The Russian, a former World No. 2, commented, “I don’t want to offend anyone, but the (level of the) WTA tour has diminished.

Not long ago we had many top-class female players, but I don't even know who's in the top 10 these days. The turnover is really very high. And this not because mid-level players have gone close to the leaders, it’s quite the opposite."

Svetlana Kuznetsova on the WTA Top 10

Earlier this year, Kuznetsova reached the semifinals of the WTA Premier 5 in Doha before the tennis circuit shut down and she is currently ranked No. 32 in the world. In one of her earlier interviews.

Kuznetsova had stated that she preferred watching men's tennis to women's tennis from an early age. "I had posters in my room of MaliVai Washington, Marcelo Ríos, and (Yevgeny) Kafelnikov. It's very weird but this is who I liked.

Later I was a big fan of (Marat) Safin." , After Maria Sharapova, who retired in January, and the Williams sisters, there has been no big superstar in women's tennis in recent times. 11 different players have won the last 13 Grand Slams on the women's side.

Svetlana Kuznetsova has reached four Grand Slam singles finals, winning two, and has also reached seven doubles finals, winning twice. As a doubles player, she has reached the finals of each Grand Slam event at least once, winning the Australian Open twice.

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.

At the 2006 French Open and the 2007 US Open singles tournament she was the runner-up, both times to Belgian player Justine Henin. She has won the Australian Open twice in doubles, in 2005 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. In doubles, she peaked at No. 3 in the world rankings and was part of the Russian Fed Cup winning team in 2004, 2007 and 2008 with a 27–13 record in the competition.