Kuznetsova joins the absence list for the US Open

The Russian, a 2004 tournament champion, joins Ashleigh Barty, Elina Svitolina and Kiki Bertens as standout players who will not be attending New York.


The long list of tennis players who will not compete in the US Open for fear of the coronavirus continues to increase. This Monday it was Svetlana Kuznetsova, champion of the tournament in 2004, who announced her decision not to go to New York. The Russian, number 32 in the world, published on her Instagram that she will not finally participate in the next US Open.

In addition, Kuznetsova will not be at the Western & Southern Open, a Cincinnati tournament that this year will be held in New York. "Due to the unfavorable situation caused by the coronavirus, and the impossibility of having my entire team with me, I have made the difficult decision not to participate in Cincinnati and the US Open," said the Russian.

"I feel very sad, because I have been waiting for these tournaments for a long time, but the pandemic changes all my plans. I hope that the situation is more positive in the face of the following events," added Kuznetsova, who in 2004 won in the New York tournament, beating Elena Dementieva in the final and adding the first of her two Grand Slam.

In this way, Kuznetsova joins, among others, Ashleigh Barty -the world number one-, Elina Svitolina, Jelena Ostapenko and Kiki Bertens in the extensive list of casualties for the women's edition of the US Open, which will begin on August 31.

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