Svetlana Kuznetsova and Vera Zvonareva will take part in the ASB Classic tennis tournament which is going to be played from 31st of December to 5th of January at Auckland.

Kuznetsova had participated in this tournament in the last season as well and had performed quite well.  She had reached the semi finals.

On the other hand, Zvonareva hadn’t taken part in this tournament in the last season. But, she has performed well in this competition in the past. She had reached the final of this tournament in 2006 and 2007.

Confirming her participation in the tournament, Kuznetsova said, “It’s a great warm up tournament before the first Grand Slam of the year. I had performed well when I was here last time around, but, unfortunately, I hadn’t managed to win the title. Hopefully, I would go all the way through this time around and would start the season with a title win.”

On the other hand, Zvonareva said, “I have played here in the past and I enjoyed a lot playing here. My record here has also been quite good. I am looking forward to this year’s tournament.”

Apart from Kuznetsova and Zvonareva, some other quality players who are going to participate in this tournament are Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland, Julia Goerges of Germany, Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan, Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium and Zheng Jie of China.

The director of the tournament Karl Budge was also present in the press conference. He said, “We want the standard of tennis in this tournament to be pretty high and that can happen only if some quality players participate in this tournament. We have been trying very hard for this and we are delighted that we have managed to sign quite a few top ranked players.”