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Last Updated: Tuesday, 19 August, 2003, 10:04 GMT 11:04 UK
27 Svetlana Kuznetsova
Svetlana Kuznetsova
Born: 27/6/1985
Nationality: Russian
Seeded: 27
World ranking: 28
US Open best:
3rd round (2002)
Recent record:
2002: 3rd round
2001: N/A
2000: N/A

Kuznetsova is seeded at the US Open in only her second appearance after soaring up the rankings in the last 12 months.

The 17-year-old has already captured two titles - in Helsinki and Bali last year.

And she has also shone in doubles play.

Last year, she partnered former world number one Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario to three straight titles in three weeks.

This season, she teamed up with another former world number one Martina Navratilova, 28 years her senior, and the pair have picked up titles at the Gold Coast, Dubai and the Italian Open.

Kuznetsova put in her best Grand Slam performance yet at Wimbledon, making the last eight in both singles and doubles.

The 2002 WTA Newcomer of the Year enjoys playing on hard courts and reached the quarter-finals of the Los Angeles event earlier in August.



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