Svetlana Kuznetsova rolls back demolishes Monica Puig to win Sydney International title
In 55 minutes of one sided tennis, the 30-year old former French and U.S. Open champ revealed that her opponents shouldn’t get her softly at next week’s Australian Open, despite her present lowly position.
While that match, after a thunderstorm wreaked havoc with all the program at Olympic Park, held over from Thursday, was a hard fought conflict, the same couldn’t be said of the final conflict on Ken Rosewall Arena.
“It feels like I am 16, it feels wonderful. “I believed I ‘d be tired but I felt fantastic. It was simply one of my finals that are greatest. I felt extremely comfortable.”
It wasn’t until the fourth match of the second set the shellshocked Puig managed to get on the scoreboard, her first service hold earning her a tremendous ovation from a bunch that is sympathetic.
Puig had played seven matches, including a quarterfinal upset of ex-U.S. Open champ Sam Stosur, to get to the final but acknowledged she was just no match for the clinical Russian.
“I played some amazing tennis this week so I am extremely proud of what I Have done,” the world amount 94 told reporters.
“She only did everything so good. It absolutely was her day. There was not much I could do … The sole response I have is that she was the better player.”
Kuznetsova, three times a quarterfinalist in the Australian Open, will take on Slovakia’s Daniela Hantuchova in the very first round at Melbourne Park.
“You have seen me over so many years and I am not the most consistent player but I do get lots of work into my preseason,” Kuznetsova said.
“The largest thing I must do is listen to myself. I never imagined winning (a Grand Slam title); it comes from hard work.”