Visa issues knock Russia's Kuznetsova out of Citi Open
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 26, 2019 07:08 AM
FILE - Svetlana Kuznetsova, of Russia, responds to the crowd after defeating Andrea Petkovic, of Germany, during the semifinals of the Citi Open tennis tournament in Washington, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Defending champion Svetlana Kuznetsova has pulled out of the Citi Open because of visa issues.
The 34-year-old Russian announced the problem on Twitter on Thursday and apologized to fans for not being able to make it to the U.S. Open tuneup.
Unfortunately I had to pull out of Washington due to my problems with US visa(. Wanted to apologize to all my fans who were waiting for me there .. Never had issues like this in my life , hopefully one day I can finally get a visa and play at list some events of the US swing ! pic.twitter.com/K1JzU2vupi— Svetlana Kuznetsova (@SvetlanaK27) July 25, 2019
Kuznetsova won the U.S. Open in 2004 and French Open in 2009. The 2018 Citi Open is one of her 16 career WTA titles.
Kuznetsova tweeted that she "never had issues like this in my life" and eventually hopes to get a visa and play some tournaments on the U.S. swing.