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Vesnina stuns Kuznetsova

Vesnina stuns Kuznetsova

Elena Vesnina triumphed over Svetlana Kuznetsova to win the Indian Wells WTA title in what was a grueling three-hour battle between the two Russians.

I cannot believe it to be honest, to win such a big title against Svetlana

Vesnina at 30, the younger of the two by a year, eventually closed the match out 6-7(6) 7-5 6-4 0ver the two-time grand slam champion in what was her first Premier Mandatary final of the tour.

For Kuznetsova, it was a third disappointment in as many finals at Indian Wells, this one coming a decade after she fell in back to back finals in 2007 and 2008.

And she came close to ending that run for she led 4-2 in the decider only for Vesnina to break back. She went on to win a marathon ninth game in which Kuznetsova saved four break points before she lost a fifth to earn the opportunity to serve for the title.

She achieved that objective on her second match point when Kuznetsova committed a service return error.

"I cannot believe it to be honest, to win such a big title against Svetlana, a Top 10 player," said an elated Vesnina. "When I was down 4-1 in the second set, it seemed like so far away this title. Now I won it and I’m so, so happy. I was playing a bit more free when I was down in the score. I took my chances.Š—

Vesnina added describing the roller coaster of a match. "She had so many break points on my serve. She was 30-Love up couple of times on her serves. And I always keep coming back. I stick there, you know.

"I was just not giving anything at that moment. I didn’t think about the end of the match.

"And when I broke her at 4-All and went to serve for the match, I had this in my mind: I’m not going to give it. I went to serve and I was, like, I’m never going to lose this game."

In turn, Kuznetsova admitted: Š—“I felt like when I was playing, I didn’t feel good today, because she was very aggressive, and I was a little bit out of my game. I was too far from the court, and I was running all the way, way behind, so the only thing I could do was defend.

"I was too passive. I think that’s why I lost," she concluded.

About The Author

Henry Wancke

Henry Wancke is one of the most respected Tennis writers in the UK. Henry is the Editor of both Tennis Threads Magazine and tennisthreads.net. He previously worked as Editor of Tennis World, Serve & Volley as well as Tennis Today magazines and been stringer for The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and Press Association. He also co-authored the Ultimate Encyclopaedia of Tennis with John Parsons published by Carlton, and the Federation Cup – the first 32 years, published by the ITF. Currently he is the Secretary of the Lawn Tennis Writers’ Association and Hon Vice President of the Tennis Industry Association UK.

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