Svetlana Kuznetsova Clinches Kremlin Cup, Ends 14-Month title drought

Updated: 24 October 2015 18:14 IST

Svetlana Kuznetsova defeated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-2, 6-1 in the final in one hour 18 minutes.

Svetlana Kuznetsova Clinches Kremlin Cup, Ends 14-Month title drought
Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova kisses the trophy after winning the Kremlin Cup final against Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in Moscow on Saturday. © AFP

Moscow:

Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova ended her 14-month title drought with a straight sets win over compatriot Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the Kremlin Cup on Saturday. (Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova Faces Svetlana Kuznetsova in Kremlin Cup Final)

At the joint WTA and ATP event in Moscow Kuznetsova, prevailed 6-2, 6-1 in one hour 18 minutes for her fourth win in five meetings with last year's champion.

"Deep down I always wanted to win this tournament," Kuznetsova, whose last success was at the Washington Open in August 2014, said.

"And I've always been very excited playing here in Moscow.

"Finally, my dream's come true. I'm really happy to win this particular title."

Two-time Grand Slam champion Kuznetsova dominated from the start, earning a one-set lead in 40 minutes as Pavlyuchenkova appeared tired after winning her eighth career title in Linz, Austria last week.

In the second set Pavlyuchenkova, who has played three three-setters on her way to the final, ran out of gas allowing Kuznetsova, who has dropped only one set in four previous matches here, to gain a commanding 5-0 lead minutes before she claimed the set and the match.

"Unfortunately I failed to recover to paly on a normal level today," Pavlyuchenkova said.

"But anyway I'm proud to play in my second consecutive Kremlin Cup final."

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