Svetlana Kuznetsova won the 2004 U.S. Open as a ninth seed, defeating Elena Dementieva, 6-3, 7-5, for her first Grand Slam title. The Russian would wait five more years before capturing her second major title. In the 2009 French Open, Kuznetsova topped Dinara Safina, 6-4, 6-2, for the Roland Garros championship. She reached No. 2 in singles in September of 2007, and reached No. 3 in doubles in June of 2004. She won the Australian Open doubles title with Alicia Molik in 2005, and grabbed her second Grand Slam doubles trophy in Melbourne in 2012, alongside countrywoman Vera Zvonareva. Kuznetsova is an explosive, emotional all-court player, and she comes from an athletic family. Her mother was a champion cyclist, her father is an elite cycling coach and her brother is an Olympic silver medalist in cycling. Kuznetsova has been on three Fed Cup championship teams (2004, 2007, 2008) and has a 27-13 record in the team competition.
Kuznetsova beat Elena Dementieva in the 2004 U.S. Open final for her first Grand Slam title: