Kuznetsova wants more respect
Despite winning the US Open, finishing the year at number five in the world and helping Russia to their first Fed Cup title, Svetlana Kuznetsova feels she is not getting enough respect back home.
Russian women had a phenomenal year in 2004, sweeping the last three grand slam singles titles, with Anastasia Myskina winning the French Open, Maria Sharapova lifting the Wimbledon crown and Kuznetsova's triumph in New York.
Kuznetsova's victory, however, was overshadowed by the Beslan tragedy when more than 330 people, including 186 children, died after troops stormed a school in the small town in southern Russia where Chechen separatists had been holding hundreds hostage.
"I feel that the other Russian girls get more attention than me but I don't mind," Kuznetsova said shortly after beating fellow Russian Elena Dementieva in September's US Open final.