Kuznetsova, a consistent presence in the Top 10, has defected from the Sanchez-Casal Academy in Spain, where she has trained since her teenage years. She also split from coach Stefan Ortega, in favor of former tour player Olga Morozova.
“I have gotten to a stage in my life where I would like to return to my family and continue developing my career,” said Kuznetsova. “It’s a bizarre situation and feeling for me to be working with another coach, as I have only been with the academy since I went pro. But I feel and hope this will be a successful decision for me moving forward.”