Kuznetsova claims French Open title
Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:32
Kuznetsova, the seventh seed, posted a 6-4 6-2 victory on Philippe Chatrier court as top seed Safina was struck by stage fright for the third time in a major final.
She was looking to authenticate her position as world number one by winning a first grand slam but she put in a dreadful display under grey skies in Paris.
A double-fault on match point summed her performance up. Her shoddy serve was broken five times in all and Kuznetsova – the only player to defeat Safina on clay this year – simply feasted on her mistakes.
This title adds to the one Kuznetsova claimed at the US Open in 2004.