Kuznetsova wins Wismilak International

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:08 IST

US Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova overpowered unseeded German Marlene Weingartner 6-1 6-4 today to win the WTA Wismilak International.

Kuznetsova wins Wismilak International
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Bali: US Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova overpowered unseeded German Marlene Weingartner 6-1 6-4 today to win the WTA Wismilak International and extend her unbeaten streak to 11 games. The victory was the Russian's fifth tour title, and her second here on the Indonesian resort island of Bali. It means she will move up a spot to number five in the world rankings. "It was tough to go all the way through after coming from the US Open," said Kuznetsova. "I was just doing my best." Weingartner, who was playing in her first tour final, was unable to settle in the opening set against a barrage of powerful forehands by the Russian. She quickly found herself trailing 5-0. Weingartner, ranked 67th in the world, played several spectacular winners in the second set, and forced a break point against Kuznetsova. The Russian saved it with a fierce backhand volley that Weingartner could only block. Kuznetsova broke the German's service in the seventh game, when Weingartner netted a weak double-handed backhand. The 19-year-old then served out to win the match. "I played well the first set, but Marlene couldn't find anything to play against me," said Kuznetsova. "In the second set she played better. She ran much more, but I was still making her run to see if she could handle it." (AP)
Topics : Tennis
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