Visa issues knock Russia's Kuznetsova out of Citi Open

ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 26, 2019 07:08 AM
Visa issues knock Russia's Kuznetsova out of Citi Open
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.

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.

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