French Open champion and current world No.3 Svetlana Kuznetsova today confirmed she will begin the 2010 season at the Medibank International Sydney.
Kuznetsova is the fifth top ten female player to commit to the Medibank International Sydney, along with world No. 1 Serena Williams, defending champion Elena Dementieva, Caroline Wozniacki and Victoria Azarenka.
The 24-year-old Russian has been a regular visitor to the Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre and January will mark her fifth straight year at the event.
“I really enjoy visiting Sydney. It is a beautiful city and a great place to begin the new season,” Kuznetsova said.
“I have had some really great results there in the past and I am looking forward to having a great tournament in Sydney before the Australian Open.”
Kuznetsova, who has a career-high ranking of No.2, was runner-up at the event in 2008, going down in tough three set final against then world No. 1 Justine Henin.
Tournament Director Craig Watson said the Russian was always a welcome and popular visitor to Sydney and the event.
“Svetlana is great athlete and a fantastic addition to our women’s field,” Watson said.
“She is a wonderful ambassador for the sport and always friendly and obliging whenever she plays in Sydney. We are looking forward to having her at the event next January.
Kuznetsova had impressive results during the 2009 season, including the women’s singles championship at Roland Garros in June and titles in Stuttgart and Beijing.
The Russian also reached the quarter-finals at the Australian Open, the third round at Wimbledon and the fourth round at the US Open.
Kuznetsova has won 12 career singles titles on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, including her breakthrough title at the US Open in 2004.
She also reached the final at Roland Garros in 2006 and at the US Open in 2007 and has been part of three Fed Cup winning teams for Russia (2004, 2007 and 2008).
Williams, Kuznetsova, Wozniacki, Dementieva and world No. 13 Sam Stosur headline the women’s field for the 2010 event, whilst world No.13 Gael Monfils, Australian No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt and Cypriot crowd favourite Marcos Baghdatis are also confirmed.
Tickets to the Medibank International Sydney 2010 are on sale now through Ticketek and can be purchased online at www.ticketek.com.au or 1300 888 104.
The Medibank International Sydney will be held at Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre from Sunday 10 January to Saturday 16 January 2010.