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Svetlana Kuznetsova, 19, from St Petersburg, won the US Open in the match against Yelena Dementyeva 6:3, 7:5
2004, apparently the best year in the history of Russian tennis, has brought the country one more victory in the Big Cup tournament and one more "Russian finals." Svetlana Kuznetsova, 19, from St Petersburg, won the US Open in the match against Yelena Dementyeva 6:3, 7:5. She told this newspaper that when she gained the decisive point she acted contrary to the common behaviour in such situations: I simply raised my arms, and that's it. I could not think of anything else in that situation." According to Kuznetsova, she was extremely nervous before the match but Martina Navratilova, her former partner in doubles with whom Svetlana won five WTA Tours, told her: Don't be nervous. When I reached the finals for the first time, I won. You can do it too. But the tension was too much. "When I went on the court and saw how many people came for the match, I started shaking again," Kuznetsova recalls. But the public did not embarrass the Russian tennis player for long, because quality is the main thing for her. Kuznetsova grabbed hold of emotions in the first few seconds of the game. "I am not as popular as Sharapova is and so I frequently play in a half-full stadiums. But I respect my fans. Those who come to watch me play do it not because I have become a household name but because they know how I play," says the US Open winner
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