Svetlana Kuznetsova Quotes

Maria didn't like it. I didn't want to get into it. I was just trying to get myself not to lose my concentration.

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In the decider, Sania again took the lead after breaking Mashona in the first game. But she surprisingly failed to put away at least two simple forehands, her strong points. Fortunately for Sania, Mashona was proving to be error-prone. After levelling the score 3-3, the American committed two double faults to hand Sania a 5-4 lead. Yet, the Hyderabadi had to stamp out a last minute challenge by Mashona who forced three break points. Sania finally clinched the issue when Mashona put a forehand wide. Meanwhile, Svetlana Kuznetsova became the first defending women's US Open champion to be eliminated in the first round since the beginning of the open era, falling to 20-year-old Russian compatriot Ekaterina Bychkova 6-3, 6-2. The fifth-seeded Kuznetsova's departure yesterday follows Anastasia's Myskina's first-round exit in the French Open in May to Maria Sanchez Lorenzo and is the fourth time a defending women's champion in a Grand Slam was ousted in her first match. Bychkova, a winner of three ITF developmental circuit tournaments, didn't get past the second round of the qualifying rounds at any of the Grand Slams earlier this year. Kuznetsova, who has won only one tournament since her US Open title last year, in Bali, Indonesia, the week after the Open, committed 45 unforced errors and was broken six times in the match. I just didn't play my game, ... I wanted it badly. It wasn't my day. Things weren't going my way. I was ready, but I was not at my best.

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I got up 3-0, and she got a bit unsure. I was choosing the right shots and was pretty calm.

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I think I was playing good tennis at times. I just didn't keep my level at the top.

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I've learned a lesson, and it's tough. But the tough things make you grow stronger and make you learn.

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I will do my best to play here and I guess everyone will understand my decision.

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I had to get inside the court more. I was a bit defensive at times so I just tried to play my game.

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Dubai gave me a lot of confidence.

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What do I do, kill myself No. I'll just take the positive things out of this and maybe I'll try to learn.

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I tried to stay strong but didn't play my best, ... I will take some time off now. Tough things make you stronger.

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