The latest in the look-back series, where I do some of my best past-pondering!
Funny thing about the year-end WTA rankings: Only two Russian players finished in the top 10.
And one of them was not Svetlana Kuznetsova.
Believe it or not, she didn't even finish in the top 20, the first time since 2003 that that had happened. That's an interesting stat, considering she's a two-time Grand Slam champ who should be at the peak of her powers. In 2010, she won only one event and made one other semifinal, both during the summer hard-court season. Those results had you wondering if the year-long slump was over and if she'd be a true contender at the U.S. Open. But she fell in the fourth round there.
So what happened?
Truth be told, I don't know! But here's what I think: Kuznetsova is going to be one of those players that will have sporadic results over the course of their career, simply because tennis is not the end-all, be-all for her. She seems to be a social butterfly who enjoys life, and you can't be mad at her for that. I'm not too worried about her, and if she won a Slam next year, I wouldn't be surprised.
An old friend of mine and I used to talk tennis for hours, whether it was our own games or what was happening in the pros. I've started Tennis Talk, Anyone? to, well, talk tennis with an even broader crowd! My name is Van Sias and I've been playing for 20 years now, and not only am I player, I'm a huge fan of the game as well: pro, amateur, you name it. I'll post links to news items related to the sport, and offer my own personal opinion, predictions and hopefully get some of yours as well.