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Svetlana Kuznetsova has won two Grand Slam titles and improved 58 spots in the rankings since January. Yet one hears almost nothing about her.
She dropped out of the picture when a knee injury sidelined her for the second half of last year.
The lack of respect for Kuznetsova was demonstrated in February when she was not granted a wild-card entry into the Dubai Open and had to go through qualifying rounds.
Serena Williams was among those who thought it was odd.
"You know I definitely think it's tough," said Williams, according to the Agence France-Presse wire service. "She's been such a great player, and she got injured. She's won a couple of Grand Slams, so how can such a great player not get a wild card? It's kind of weird."
Kuznetsova has lost only two matches this year to players ranked outside the top 17. Meanwhile, she has eight wins in 2013 against top-20 players, including four over players ranked in the top 10. She was the only player to take a set from Williams at the French Open.
Ranked as low as No. 75 early this year, Kuznetsova is back up to No. 27. At age 28, she figures to climb higher.
Kuznetsova won the U.S. Open in 2004 and the French Open in 2009 and was a finalist at each in 2007 and 2006, respectively.
She missed Wimbledon this year because of an abdominal strain, but if she's healthy, she could be a major factor at the U.S. Open.