Kuznetsova stuns Safina
Svetlana Kuznetsova defeated Dinara Safina 6-4, 6-2 in an all-Russian
final of the French Open on Saturday to take away her second Grand Slam
It was a comprehensive win for the 23-year-old seventh seed who lost
in the final here in 2006 to Justine Henin two years after she stunned
the world of tennis by winning the US Open as a 19-year-old.
For Safina it was a crushing way to end a two-week-long campaign
geared at securing a first Grand Slam title and proving that she is a
worthy of the world number one spot.
It was the second straight year she has lost in the final here going
down in straight sets to Ana Ivanovic of Serbia last year and her second
successive Grand Slam final defeat having lost to Serena Williams in
Melbourne this year. "It was so many years since I won a Grand Slam and
I thought it would never happen again," Kuznetsova said.
"Today when I was coming onto the court I knew everything was going
to be fine. It was the same as before when I won the US Open."
It was the 14th time the two had met as professionals, Safina leading
8-5, but they go further back than that having been rivals in Russia in
girls' tournaments as they were growing up.