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Kuznetsova returns to winning ways

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Originally published on: 02/06/12 00:00

It’s safe to say Svetlana Kuznetsova hasn’t had the best of years. First round exits in Dubai, Miami, Madrid and Rome left many wondering if the talented Russian would return to the lofty heights she reached earlier in her career. But after disposing of the tour’s in form player Agnieszka Radwanska in an impressive display of clay-court tennis, the former Roland Garros champion lay down a signal of intent to her fellow competitors.

"I haven't played that well in a long time," Kuznetsova said after her sixth straight win against the Pole. "When I feel in control of my moves and I don’t depend so much on my opponent, it brings me the best feelings. That's why I really enjoy tennis and that's why I love tennis. I haven't had this feeling for quite some time.

“I have started to do things the right way off the court,” the world No.28 added. “I practice the right things and I am very confident with my game and I’m kind of back to my game which brought me my victories that I had.”

Kuznetsova, still only 26, will be feeling confident ahead of her fourth-round clash with Sara Errani after the Italian upset Ana Ivanovic. The pair has met on five previous occasions with Kuznetsova winning each of them.

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