Carla Suarez Navarro beats Svetlana Kuznetsova to win Portugal Open


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Carla Suarez Navarro beats Svetlana Kuznetsova to win Portugal Open

Tennis: Top seed Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain defeated 2-time Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia in 3 sets 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to win her maiden WTA title at the Portugal Open title in Oeiras. The world no.15 had reached her 6th WTA final of the career and had ended up on losing side in all five of the previous finals.

She had also lost in last year's final to another Russian Anastasia Pavlychenkova. Former world no.2 Kuznetsova had also got a better head-to-head record against Suarez Navarro. The Russian had beaten the Spaniard in 3 of their 4 meetings, 2 of them in straight sets.

Suarez Navarro had beaten the 2004 US Open and 2009 French Open champion in Indian Wells 4 years back in 3 sets. This time 25-year-old Suarez Navarro was determined to end her losing streak in the finals, as she broke Kuznetsova twice in first set, although she was broken once, to take the first set 6-4.

World no.28 Kuznetsova fought back in the second set and won it 6-3 to level it at one set all and force it into the deciding set. The third set was also very close, as there were 7 breaks of serve in 10 games. Suarez Navarro broke 29-year-old Kuznetsova 4 times and won it 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 in 2 hours and 10 minutes to bag her first title of the career.