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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.

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