Svetlana Kuznetsova Secures Championships at the Sony Ericsson Championship - Doha 2009
07 Oct 2009
Doha, Qatar - Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova has qualified for the most anticipated Sony Ericsson Championships – Doha 2009 scheduled to take place from the 27th of October – 1st of November at the International Tennis & Squash Complex in Doha for the second year in a row. Kuznetsova is the fifth player to qualify for the singles competition. She will join Dinara Safina, Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki and Elena Dementieva who have previously qualified. The 24 - year – old will make her fifth appearance at the prestigious championships.

“I am really excited to have qualified for the Sony Ericsson Championships,” said Kuznetsova.  “In the last year I’ve worked really hard on my game and fitness and I am proud of the season I’ve had.  I look forward to competing with the best tennis players in the world in Doha.”
At the Australian Open, Kuznetsova reached the quarterfinals for the second time in her career, but lost to eventual champion Serena Williams. Kuznetsova's 2009 season really picked up when she won her first singles title since 2007 during the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany.  At Roland Garros, Kuznetsova won her second Grand Slam title, returning to the top five on the world rankings as a result of her win. She was also a runner-up at the Internationali BNL d’Italia (Rome) and a semifinalist at the Sony Ericsson Open (Miami). The Russian star is currently ranked World No5.

“Svetlana Kuznetsova has had a successful season that made her earn this recognition. Nuria Llagostera Vives Nad and Maria José Martínez Sánchez have won more titles than any other doubles team in the tour, so they all deserve to have qualified and I congratulate them all and welcome them to Doha to participate in the Sony Ericsson Championships – Doha 2009”, said Mr. Nasser Al Khelaifi, President of the Qatar Tennis Federation.

“Svetlana Kuznetsova is a gifted player that has worked very hard this season and her efforts are paying off. Nuria Llagostera Vives Nad and Maria José Martínez Sánchez are one of the best doubles teams in the world so their qualification is very well deserved. We congratulate them all three for such brilliant 2009 season”, said Mr. Karim Alami, tournament Director.