US Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova experienced something new on court as she put wheelchair athletes and disabled sportsmen and women through their paces during yesterday's Fila-sponsored clinic at Victoria Park. It was the first time in Kuznetsova's fledging career she had conducted a sports clinic for disabled athletes and she enjoyed every moment of it as she cut a fine impression among some 10 athletes from the Hong Kong Paralympic Committee and Sports Association for the Physically Handicapped. 'I am so happy now to make other people happy. I had a very nice time here and I did enjoy it. To see other people smiling is the best thing you can have,' said the 19-year-old Russian teenager, who won the US Open title after only three years on tour. 'It's a great opportunity for them to enjoy and play tennis. Every day they can have such fun. I think they can improve so much. They are playing such great tennis and they learn for just one day and they are improving so much. They have talent to play. It's a very nice stadium and I think the atmosphere and centre court is very nice.' Kuznetsova was most impressed by Hong Kong Paralympic fencer Fung Ying-ki, who won two gold medals and a silver at last year's Paralympic Games in Athens. Fung is not a noted tennis player, but he got more than a fair share of tips from one of the world's best players and he swapped blade for racquet for a day. 'She was very good to me and I learned a lot from her even though I spent a short time on court. After a few lessons, my tennis improved quite dramatically. It proves she is a good teacher,' said Fung, who won gold medals in the individual foil and men's team sabre in Athens. Kuznetsova said she was having an 'unbelievable time' in Hong Kong and was looking forward to getting some much-needed practice matches as she shifts her sights to this month's Australian Open, the first Grand Slam tournament of the year. 'I didn't expect to spend such a wonderful time here. The people are so nice and they make you welcome. I need to play some matches in January. 'I am really looking forward to it and I am going to enjoy my game,' said the Russian before she went on court last night, playing doubles with Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario and taking on fellow Russian Vera Zvonareva in the evening's second match. 'I don't want to put goals. My main goal is to improve day by day this year and to improve my game. If I improve my game, my ranking will go higher. This is the most important thing,' she said. Former Hong Kong Davis Cup player Stephen So was pleasantly surprised by Kuznetsova's showmanship and kindness during the hour-long clinic. So, who is the master of ceremonies for the tournament, said: 'It was great of her to come down and spend her precious time. It was her first time and it was a new experience for her. She was very kind and had a lot of good tips as well. 'A lot of good players don't know how to teach. She was very patient and she changed the style and they developed it very quickly,' he added.