The Russian player, who only just returned to tennis after a seven-month break, played in Lugano last week and was awarded a wild card for the tournament in Prague.
Kuznetsova is a two-time Grand Slam champion (US Open 2004, Roland Garros 2009) and thanks to titles from some of the largest tournaments in the world she was awarded a wild card from the WTA, as she FIT the necessary criteria. Apart from former world no. 1s, Grand Slam, WTA Finals and WTA Premier Mandatory champions, only elite tennis players from the current top 20 of the WTA Rankings are eligible to receive wild cards.
The 30-year-old Russian returns to Prague after a three-year absence. In 2016, she made it all the way to the semi-final of the J&T Banka Prague Open, where she was supposed to face Australian tennis player Samantha Stosur, but she was unable to play and was forced to drop out.
The current world no. 100 was the world’s second-best tennis player back in September 2007 and has won 18 WTA titles throughout her career.
Kuznetsova is the second player to receive a wild card for this year’s J&T Banka Prague Open. The other was Lucie Šafářová, who was granted a wild card by the organisers, as she will be playing her final tournament of her career.
The elite Russian player will not be seeded in the main phase of the tournament and can possibly face some of the tournament’s biggest stars – Karolína Plíšková, Anastasija Sevastova, Wang Qiang or Belinda Bencic in the first round.
Photo: Pavel Lebeda (sport-pics.cz)