Kuznetsova retains Kremlin Cup

Moscow—Top-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova retained her Kremlin Cup title on Saturday with a straight-sets win over Australian Daria Gavrilova in the final to claim the last spot in the season-ending WTA Finals in Singapore.
Russia’s two-time Grand Slam title winner, ranked ninth, won 6-2, 6-1 in one hour, 11 minutes to record her third win over the 22-year-old Gavrilova in as many meetings. “I felt worn out ahead of the start and had no idea of how I would play today,” Kuznetsova admitted. “Luckily, my desire to play prevailed and I managed to overcome the tiredness. I really wanted to show my best tennis here and I’m happy that everything worked well.” With her Kremlin Cup win veteran Kuznetsova, 31, leapfrogged Johanna Konta of Great Britain to take the last spot in next week’s WTA finals.—AFP

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