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Don't be fooled, Kuznetsova loves the Yankees cap, if not the Yankees

Don't be fooled, Kuznetsova loves the Yankees cap, if not the Yankees

Don't mistake that New York Yankees cap on Svetlana Kuznetsova as an expression of fandom for the hometown team _ or even baseball.
"I like the hats," the former champion and fourth-seeded woman at the U.S. Open said somewhat guardedly Tuesday after her straight-set, first-round victory over Kara Zakopalova.
The gray and black checked hat with a black interlocking "N" and "Y" is one of numerous licensed fashion caps sold but not worn by the Yankees _ whose official hat is their traditional navy blue with a white interlocking NY.
"I've been once to a Blue Jays-Yankees game here in 2005," the 22-year-old Russian explained.
"I don't know the rules of baseball, more or less. I know they hit like this," she said, gesturing like a batter. "And if you hit it far, you got to go run. Then another one catches."
At least she likes New York.
"It's just the best. I love to be here," said Kuznetsova, who won the U.S. Open title in 2004. "It's so cool. I love the city. I would love to do some photo shoot or something here just on the streets because I think it's so special. I just love being her. It's so crazy."
The attitude is not shared by all, including top-seeded Justine Henin, who has said that the U.S. Open is probably her least favorite of the Grand Slams.
"I'm different than Justine," Kuznetsova said. "Yesterday I came out on the court to practice ... and looked to me a bit of a zoo because everybody was yelling. From New Haven, I was like 'Oh, that's too loud.' But in a couple days you just get used to it and it's just a great environment."


Updated : 2021-01-19 20:08 GMT+08:00