If you know anything about professional tennis, then you know precisely who Svetlana Kuznetsova is. Women can have a tough time in sports, but when your family is involved in sports from the day you're born, it certainly makes things easier. Regardless of fortuitous birth into a sporting family, you cannot reach the top without working very hard to get there. Svetlana has always been willing to put in the time and effort to achieve new heights in her field of expertise. Watching her is a delight because you can tell how much it means to her.
Svetlana Kuznetsova may be an outstanding athlete in her own right, but she's not the only one in the family who's sporty. In fact, both her parents and her brother are all involved in professional cycling. Though Svetlana herself never showed an interest in cycling, she's definitely from a family who share great motivation and skill. The love of sports is easy to pass down through generations. However, the so-called talent for it takes more time and commitment than you might expect. Some people have a propensity for learning things, but whether it comes easy or hard, winning at any sport takes time, practice, and commitment.
Family of Champions
Aleksandr Kuznetsov, Svetlana's father, is a Cycling coach. For years he's worked with various athletes and has had great success, coaching at least five athletes who went on to win gold at the Olympics or world Cycling Championships. Her mother is Galina Tsareva, a world champion cycler. Galina holds twenty world records in cycling plus she's won six world championships as well. Her brother Nikolay Kuznetsov takes after both his parents. He is the coach for Russian cycling team Lokomotiv. On top of that, he was a cycler for Russia in the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics where he won the silver. It's not hard to see where Svetlana got her interest in sports. Despite being the black sheep in the family by going a different route with her athletic career, we don't doubt they're all very proud of her for her accomplishments.
The majority of Svetlana's net worth comes from being a pro athlete. She works hard, and it shows. She debuted in 2000 with a game in Mallorca Spain. The ITF (International Tennis Federation) tournament was her first serious competition, and while she didn't win that one, she did make a fair showing by reaching the quarterfinal. By 2001 she had won her first ITF tournament and was invited to join the WTA tour as well. By '02-03 Svetlana had moved up to the Australian Open, and she beat a top forty ranked player, Patty Schneider, at the Nordic Open. That win propelled her to the top hundred, and she landed a spot in the US Open. The same year she also teamed up with another rising star of tennis. The duo won several doubles matches. Svetlana was on her way up and ranked 43rd in the world by the end of 2002 and 36th by 2003.
Rising to the Top
Once she'd had a taste of the pros, there was no going back for Svetlana. Between 2004 and 2012, her rise to the top was something to behold. SHe was already competing against the best in the world, at the most prestigious competitions. She went to the 2004 Olympics to represent her country, and by the end of the next year, she was ranked 18th in the world. Svetlana continued to play and win regularly, though her success at doubles changed when her partner did, she became a successful solo player very fast. She rose to fourth and then second in the world over the course of the next two years. From then until her injury in 2012, which caused her to drop out of the top 50, she kept winning. After a hard year of recovery, Svetlana came back strong the next year and by 2016 was again ranked in the top ten.
Not Done Yet
Though she's had career highs and lows, Svetlana has been a champion more than a few times in the course of her career. Every win contributes to her net worth. Professional athletes are well paid for their time after all. It doesn't take much to see how far she's come. In spite of another tough year in 2018, Svetlana has had a fantastic run thus far, and she's not retired yet. We always enjoy seeing her play the sport she so clearly loves. If anything, the story of Svetlana Kuznetsova's carer so far is a study in perseverance and triumph. She works very hard to reach the top and often achieves exceptional results. As far as we've been able to find, she doesn't have any other businesses or income outside of her sporting career, and her $30 Million Net Worth speaks for itself when it comes to showing how good she is at what she does.
Endorsements & More
Most people in their mid-30s are just beginning to see success at their chosen profession, but for talented athletes like Svetlana, it can come much sooner. Doubtless, she has a trophy case at home for all her wins. When an athlete reaches a certain point in their career and begins getting international notice, the sponsors and endorsement deals are virtually guaranteed, and she's no exception. In 2012 Svetlana landed a lucrative contract working for Fila, and she endorsed their products that year. Perhaps because of her injury and drop in the rankings that year, the deal was not extended beyond the first year. Afterward, she signed on with Qiaodan. She has represented the Chinese sports apparel maker since then.
In addition to her other endorsements and winnings, Svetlana has transcended the digital boundary to become a video game star as well. She first became a playable character in Top Spin 2 and returned to the game in Top Spin 3. Additionally, Svetlana has become a character in Virtua Tennis 2009 and Virtua Tennis 4. Fans of the sport who can't attend her games can at least have the chance to watch her win at home, whether they watch her live, or play with her as their PC (Player Character). If that's not enough for her many fans, you can always follow her on social media too. She posts amusing videos to YouTube. Moreover, she has Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts to share her unique perspective with her audience.
This tattooed, bilingual beauty made her money the old fashioned way, with the sweat of her brow, and we mean that literally. She has always worked very hard for what she has and maintains a fun loving but mostly humble social media presence. She shares her wins and losses equally and speaks openly about whatever is on her mind. It's easy to see why people love her. We wish her the best of luck, and we'll be watching her career with interest.
Written by Dana Hanson
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