Tennis: Svetlana Kuznetsova ready for WTA Finals in Singapore despite late qualification

Svetlana Kuznetsova during her Kremlin Cup finals match in Moscow on Oct 22, 2016.
Svetlana Kuznetsova during her Kremlin Cup finals match in Moscow on Oct 22, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

SINGAPORE - For the past few weeks, Svetlana Kuznetsova's routine has been a repeat process of airport, practice court and competition arenas.

The Russian arrived in Singapore around mid-day on Sunday, with little over a day to prepare for her opening match at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global.

Despite the hectic schedule, the two-time Grand Slam champion is ready for her first appearance at the prestigious season finale since 2009.

"I feel very positive, I feel good, I feel happy," she said when she met members of the media at the Singapore Sports Hub just hours after her arrival in the Republic.

"I think my body has already adjusted to that. Today I have a day off. It's already like a miracle for me already that I have (a) day off. I'm just looking for tomorrow. When I go on the court I try not to think about my fatigue and I believe I can put it aside."

Kuznetsova, 31, confirmed her place in the event on Saturday night, after she won the Kremlin Cup in Moscow to complete the final slate of eight players at the WTA Finals. She plays her first match against defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska on Monday.

The only Russian competing in the singles event, Kuznetsova won the 2004 US Open and the 2009 French Open.

She said: "(I've) not been in (the) top 10 for a while, since 2009, so this year went quite well for me. I'm really pleased with that.

"I really forgot the feeling of the championships. I didn't expect to be here. It's like bonus for me for doing great season. I'm just happy and looking forward to playing here."