A look back at ’09 French Open – part 2

Svetlana Kuznetsova:


The future was bright for Svetlana Kuznetsova when she won the US Open in 2004. But she never fullfilled her potential, and had just reached one Grand Slam final since.
With the help of new coach Larissa Neiland, she refocused on her game, and put her career back on track. She battled past Serena Williams and Sam Stosur in quarter and semi finals, but Safina was no match for the powerful and versatile Kuznetsova.

Dinara Safina:

Dinara Safina - French Open 2009

Another Grand Slam final, another big disappointment for world number one Dinara Safina. Paralyzed with nerves, Safina was struggling to just put the ball in the court.
In 3 GS finals, Safina has yet to win a set!

Sam Stosur:

Sam Stosur - French Open 2009

The feel-good story of the tournament: doubles specialist Sam Stosur made a dream run in French Open 2009, one year after coming back from a 12 months break due to lyme disease and viral meningitis. She became the first Australian woman to reach the semifinals in 21 years, and the first Aussie to reach the last four since Pat Rafter in 1997. Her kick serve and explosive forehand are two weapons which helped her reach her best ranking (18).

Dominika Cibulkova:

Dominika Cibulkova - French Open 2009

Like Stosur, Dominika Cibulkova reached the first Grand Slam semi final of her career at 2009 Roland Garros.

Maria Sharapova:

Maria Sharapova - French Open 2009

Maria Sharapova, on the comeback after 9 months off because of shoulder surgery, worked her way back into top form. She reached the quarter finals after wins over 11th seed Nadia Petrova and 25th seed Na Li.

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