Wozniak thrashes French Open champ Kuznetsova


Originally published on: 26/02/10 11:35

First top seed in the mens draw Igor Andreev crashed out, AEGON International in Eastbourne on Tuesday.

‘She just won the French Open so its a pretty exciting win’

Just a few days after beating Dinara Safina in Paris to collect the second Grand Slam title of her career, Kuznetsova was quickly dismantled by Aleksandra Wozniak 6-0, 6-3 on the Devonshire Park centre court.

Rather appropriately for a coastal event, Kuznetsova looked all at sea on the grass during the first round encounter, going down in just 51 minutes to the world No.23.

A disaster, is how Kuznetsova assessed her first grass court performance of the year. I played for two months on clay and it was almost in my blood I dont have to think.

Here on this surface everything is opposite so everything Ive been doing for two months I have to change it today and come on the court and play half-volleys and play flatter and its too much to change in three days. I couldnt do it. I can definitely make the change but not in three days.

Not surprisingly, Wozniak was all smiles after her victory over the world No.5, a result that sets up a second round meeting with China’s Zheng Jie.

It was a great win for me, another over a top ten player and she just won French Open so its a pretty exciting win, the Canadian said afterwards.

I focused hard on my own game, took one point at a time and was patient and aggressive at the same time, I played smart.

I dont think she could find her rhythm throughout the whole match and I kept pushing and pushing.

I played in Birmingham last week played two matches there then I came here and prepared by playing some practice matches. The courts here are much nicer the courts are like a golf course!

Earlier on, fifth seeded Belarussian Victoria Azarenka pulled out of the tournament through injury.


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