Former Wimbledon finalist Vera Zvonareva playing lower-level ITF event

by: AP | March 10, 2017

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It’s been two years since the 32-year-old Russian last competed professionally. (Wikimedia Commons/NAPARAZZI)

MOSCOW (AP) — Former Wimbledon and U.S. Open finalist Vera Zvonareva is planning a comeback.

The 32-year-old Russian is listed as an alternate for the qualifying draw of a low-level ITF tournament in Istanbul this month, two years after she last competed.

Zvonareva, a top-10 player when shoulder problems wiped out her entire 2013 season, struggled with injuries during her career.

After tennis, she had a daughter and worked as a commentator for tennis broadcasts in Russia. Her long absence means she no longer has a world ranking.

Last year, Zvonareva told the WTA website that she wanted to recover her previous fitness and "play tennis again — even if it's just for fun."

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