‘Go back to Moscow’: Kuznetsova tennis fans distastefully jeered at Miami Open
As Williams was serving for match point, Kuznetsova fans cheered “Sveta,” a diminutive of her given name, only to be met with “go back to Moscow” by one member of the crowd.
"Go back to Moscow" and a boo from the crowd during Venus - Kuznetsova match (recorded from WatchESPN). pic.twitter.com/tDEDCgnNjd— Ilya Ryvlin (@ryvlin) March 28, 2017
The distasteful comment drew gasps from the crowd and Williams was visibly taken aback, needing several moments to ready herself before serving.
Kuznetsova lost the match 6-3, 7-6 (4) in an upset to former world No. 1 and seven-time Grand Slam winner Williams, the elder sister of Serena Williams.
The 31-year-old herself resides in Moscow, but was born in St. Petersburg, 700km away from the Russian capital in the north west region of the country.
Kuznetsova is a previous winner of the US Open – in 2004 – and the French Open – which she won in 2009.
She is currently ranked No. 7 in the world.