Svetlana Kuznetsova will start the new season by taking part in the ASB Classic tournament which is going to be played at Auckland in January next year.

Kuznetsova didn’t perform up to her potential in the last season. She played well in patches, but, she looked out of sorts in most part of the season. The Russian player would definitely like to perform more consistently in the upcoming season.

Confirming her participation in the ASB Classic, Kuznetsova said, “I am glad to inform you all that I am going to start the new season by participating in the ASB Classic as I had done in the last season as well.”

“The last season didn’t go according to the plan and things went awfully wrong for me at times. But, I want to put all that out of my system now and just want to concentrate on the upcoming new season.”

“The ASB Classic would be the first tournament of the season for me, so, I would try my best to win it. When you win the opening tournament of the season, it sets the tempo for you. A good start of the season is very important.”

When asked whether she is fully fit at the moment or she still has a few niggles, Kuznetsova said, “I am 100% fit at the moment and I hope to remain fit throughout the next season. I struggled quite a lot with injuries in the last season which affected my form as well. When you start getting injured frequently, you tend to lose your confidence as well.”

When asked about her goals in the upcoming season, Kuznetsova said, “I have set the target of winning a couple of Grand Slams in the next season. It would be quite tough, but, I am backing myself to do it.”