Kuznetsova Tops No. 1 Safina, Ends Title Drought at Stuttgart
by Staff | May 3rd, 2009, 3:18 pm

Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova recorded her second consecutive win over a Top 10 player after losing her previous eight, on Sunday upending world No. 1 and fellow Russian Dinara Safina 6-4, 6-3 for the WTA Stuttgart title on red clay.

The world No. 9 beat another fellow Russian and fellow Top 10 resident, Elena Dementieva, in the semifinals.

Kuznetsova had lost her last four meetings with Safina entering the final, and collected her first title since New Haven in 2007.

“It has been a while,” Kuznetsova said. “At the beginning today I was a little bit nervous. It’s tough for me to play finals — I haven’t won too many of them lately. But I started playing better and better as the match went on and I was able to win.”

Kuznetsova had lost 10 of her last 11 singles finals, winning New Haven when her opponent retired due to injury.

Safina was playing he first event since ascending to the top spot on the WTA Rankings, and is now 0-3 in finals for 2009, and 9-10 career.

“I just wasn’t feeling that good on court today,” Safina said. “Svetlana put me under pressure right from the start and played really well. She deserved to win.”

American Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Russian Nadia Petrova won the doubles title with a 5-7, 6-3, 10-7 victory over Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta.

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2 Comments for Kuznetsova Tops No. 1 Safina, Ends Title Drought at Stuttgart

Kimmi Says:

At last Kuznetsova wins again. I always see talent in her, needs to sort out her mental problems. good for her ..congratulations

Von Says:

Good win for Kuznetsova. Safina didn’t look good in the SF, where she barely eeked out a win v. Pennetta, so I’m not surprised. Safina seems to be running hot and cold this year, but I also feel she’s burnt out from the amount of tennis she played last year, and several times she won coming from behind. Mentally, that kind of play takes a lot out of a player — it wears them down.

Glad to see Mattek-Sands win the doubles. From what I’ve seen of her at the FO last year she seems to do well on clay and I’m hoping she continues to do well in her other tourneys, thus giving the US an additional WTA player for whom to root in the smaller tourneys, and a strong Fed Cup doubles and singles player when they face Italy. It appears the Williams sisters only want to play in the more important tournaments.

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