Tennis Identity

Svetlana Kuznetsova Clinches China Open Title. Her style, gear and the U.S. Open practice ball.

Kuznetsova Beijing
Props to Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia who won the women's title at this year's China Open. Earlier this month she secured a spot at the WTA's year-end Sony Ericsson Championships in Doha, Qatar.

Kuznetsova has had one of her best seasons on Tour this year, capturing the trophy at Roland Garros, her second Grand Slam title, as well as winning two additional Premier titles at the Internationali BNL d’Italia (Rome) and Porsche Tennis Grand Prix (Stuttgart), defeating World No.1 Dinara Safina in all three finals.  To date, Kuznetsova has defeated a reigning World No.1 player six times. Why not more exposure for this woman?

I personally have a soft spot for Sveta as she said hello and handed my young daughter her practice ball after a blistering warm up hit at the U.S. Open. Despite the heat and tournament pressure she was one no-airs-about-her ambassador for the game. Impression made; witness the ball emblazoned "Svetlana Kuznetsova's Practice Ball"  and always, "How's Svetlana doing?"

Svetlana Kuznetsova Practice Ball

Pictured above in Beijing, Kuznetsova wore the Fila Heritage Cap Sleeve Top, $48 and Skort, $45, one of the year's most winning women's outfits. Kim Clijsters wore it to win the U.S. Open. I looked at some of the other pieces from the group earlier in the season.

Kuznetsova plays with a HEAD MicroGel Extreme Pro with Teflon.

Find her style at Tennis-Warehouseand Fila. HEAD has more info on the racquet.