Vesnina Ends 4-Year Drought with WTA Indian Wells Title
by Staff | March 19th, 2017, 10:17 pm

No. 14 seed Elena Vesnina became the unlikeliest winner in the history of the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday, in the all-Russian final defeating two-time Grand Slam winner Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-6(6), 5-7, 6-4 to win her third career WTA title.
Last year the 30-year-old Vesnina lost in the first round of qualifying.

“Tennis is awesome, I can say,” Vesnina said.

The final lasted just over three hours, the longest Indian Wells final in history it terms of games. With the win Vesina rises to a career-high No. 13 on the WTA rankings.

Vesnina in the first set blew 2-0 and 4-2 leads, and eventually trailed a set and a break.

“I spoke with my mom after the match, and she was, like, ‘Oh, my God, the net cord, the set point, and you looked a little bit down in the beginning of the second set.’ But that’s true. I kind of lost that fighting momentum that I was taking to each game. I start missing a lot, started missing a lot of shots from the first or second shot. There were no long rallies like we had in the first set…She was up set 4-1, then 4-2 in the third. She had so many break points on my serve. She was 30-0 up couple of times on her serves. And I always kept coming back.”

Kuznetsova tried to stay upbeat in her post-match conference.

“I gotta be positive,” Kuznetsova. “I made finals here, and that’s great. I lost a match which I should have won, but this is tennis. Nobody died, so I move on, and I’m on a good way. I’m playing better. I’m winning lots of matches in a good way, in two sets. I’m really positive. Definitely I’m really frustrated with that loss, but I will go above that, hopefully, and it will be all right.”

Vesnina overall finished -3 on winners to unforced errors. It was the second Indian Wells all-Russian final after Maria Sharapova beat Elena Dementieva in 2006.

It was Vesnina’s first title since 2013 Eastbourne, and she improved to 3-7 in career finals. Kuznetsova fell to 17-23 in career finals.

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3 Comments for Vesnina Ends 4-Year Drought with WTA Indian Wells Title

skeezer Says:

Sorry, thought Kuznetsova ran out of gas. Plain and simple. She needs to be in better shape imo. She had the experience over her opponet, but her stamina let her down.

joe Says:

Svetlana vs Pavlyuchenkova was a weight watchers commercial

Leo Says:

Hmm… maybe they could lose some weight, but I think that’s just how they are built. Pavs reminds me of Jen Capriati in that way

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