Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Kuznetsova Stuns Safina

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Kuznetsova Stuns Safina

Article excerpt

SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA has defeated Dinara Safina 6-4 6-2 in an all-Russian final of the French Open to take away her second Grand Slam title.

It was a comprehensive win for the 23-year-old seventh seed who lost in the final 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 campaign geared toward a first Grand Slam title and proving she is worthy of the world number-one spot.

It is the second-straight year she has lost in the final, 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 on to the court I knew everything was going to be fine.

"It was the same as before when I won the US Open. …

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