WTA MOSCOW and LUXEMBOURG: Kuznetsova wins, Qualifies for Singapore; Niculescu Scorches Kvitova

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WTA MOSCOW and LUXEMBOURG: Kuznetsova wins, Qualifies for Singapore; Niculescu Scorches Kvitova

The last two WTA tournaments wound down today, in Moscow and Luxembourg. As the WTA finalists – seven of them, and one, who was awaiting the result of the Moscow final – gathered in Singapore, steam picked up in Moscow, the last WTA premier event of the season.

Here’s a recap of the day’s results: Moscow Final Top-seed and defending champion Svetlana Kuznetsova kept her focus long enough to see off Daria Gavrilova and secure the last Singapore qualifying spot for herself.

Kuznetsova had taken a wild-card in the tournament just so that she could have a stab at qualifying and at the start of the tournament, was vying with Carla Suarez Navarro (who retired early in the tournament with an injury) to secure a Singapore berth.

The Russian dropped just three games, winning 6-2, 6-1 in 72 minutes. Kuznetsova put in 73% of her first serves and won 67% points off those. Gavrilova had a first serve percentage of 69%, but did shoddily in terms of points won off those.

She only managed to win 44% points off her first serves. Kuznetsova faced eight broken points on her serve and was broken twice, but she also converted six of the seven break points on her opponent’s serve. Luxembourg Final Top-seed Petra Kvitova was stunned by Monica Niculescu, who won her third WTA title courtesy of a 6-2, 6-0 routing in 68 minutes.

Both players had an off day with their second serves, Kvitova won 23% points off her second serves to the Romanian’s 33%. The Czech won 58% off her first serves, while Niculescu won 73%. Further, Niculescu converted five of the 11 break points on Kvitova’s serve and saved four of the five break points on her serve.

Next up for the two-time former Wimbledon champion is the WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai, for which she’s qualified. Brief Scores Summary Moscow [1] [WC] Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) def. Daria Gavrilova (AUS) 6-2, 6-1 Luxembourg Monica Niculescu (ROU) def.

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