Kuznetsova claims Citi Open crown|
Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Svetlana Kuznetsova captured her first
WTA title in four years after outlasting Kurumi Nara in a three-set thriller
in Sunday's championship match of the Citi Open.
The sixth-seeded Kuznetsova staved off a break point chance late in the third
set before breaking Nara in the final game to record a hard-earned 6-3, 4-6,
6-4 decision in two hours, 16 minutes.
Kuznetsova, a two-time Grand Slam champion, won her first tour event since
claiming the Mercury Insurance Open in San Diego in August of 2010. The title
was the 14th of the Russian's career.
The 29-year-old took the first set and was up 3-0 in the second before Nara
rallied to win the next five games and eventually force a third set.
Kuznetsova collected $43,000 for the victory, with Nara earning $21,400 for
her runner-up finish.
08/03 20:08:33 ET