Alex Bogomolov Jr.'s career year in 2011 ended on somewhat of a sour note when he was forced to return $75,000 to the United States Tennis Association for changing his nationality from American to Russian.
Even at the pinnacle of his game, can Andy Roddick surmount Roger Federer? Will Serena Williams shake off the rust versus her intrepid Russian opponent? The Down Under final four matchups promise to be nothing short of sensational.
Swarming with Russians, Venus Williams looks to play spoiler at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow this week and get back into victory lane for the first time since Wimbledon. New world No. 1 Jelena Jankovic and Dinara Safina may have something to say first.
In the cutthroat world of tennis, genuine altruism is a rarity. However, Svetlana Kuznetsova is a welcome aberration. Touted as one of the friendliest players on tour, the Russian is also taking instrumental strides to yield more consistent results.