Kuznetsova ends drought with a win
Svetlana Kuznetsova overcame a bout of mid-match nerves to grind down Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4 6-7 6-3 and clinch the San Diego Open on Sunday.india Updated: Aug 10, 2010 00:06 IST
Svetlana Kuznetsova overcame a bout of mid-match nerves to grind down Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4 6-7 6-3 and clinch the San Diego Open on Sunday.
The Russian Kuznetsova blew four match points in the second set tiebreak to gift Radwanska the set but roared back to life in the third to take her first title in 10 months.
Kuznetsova double faulted on two of her four match points during a second set tiebreak where she squandered leads of 4-0 and 6-3 to allow Radwanska back into the match.
After falling behind 2-1 to start the third set, Kuznetsova grabbed control of the match.
The victory provides a timely return to form for Kuznetsova ahead of the U.S. Open.
This will propel her to 14th when new rankings are released on Monday.
Nalbandian wins Legg Mason tournament
Former Wimbledon finalist David Nalbandian made the most of his first tournament since April by turning aside eighth seed Marcos Baghdatis 6-2 7-6 to win the $1.2 million Washington Classic on Sunday.
The Argentine captured the first five points of the tiebreaker before winning 7-4 to claim his 11th career title and first in the United States.
“I felt I played good all week,” said Nalbandian, a wild card entry who missed much of 2009 following hip surgery and several months this year with a hamstring injury.
“I'd been practising well but I didn't expect to win my first tournament back.”
While Baghdatis landed only 41 percent of his first serves, including 39 in the second set, it was his failure to win the big points that cost him the match as the 25th-ranked Cypriot converted only two of his 11 break-point opportunities.
Nalbandian, a 2002 Wimbledon finalist ranked 117 entering the tournament, will move up to around 45 when the new rankings come out later this week.
The victory was the third straight for an Argentine at the Washington Classic as Nalbandian’s win follows two straight titles by compatriot Juan Martin Del Potro.
First Published: Aug 10, 2010 00:04 IST