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Svetlana Kuznetsova wins China Open for third title in 2009

Svetlana Kuznetsova wins 2009 China Open

Sixth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova defeated twelfth seed Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2 6-4 to win the China Open and inspiring $775,500. It’s the Russian’s third title of the season, the first two came at Stuttgart and Roland Garros, and the 12th of her career.

Radwanska was playing in a singles final for the first time since June 2008, and now she will return to the Top 10, although her perfect record in career finals has been ruined.

This latest success seems to have motivated Kuznetsova: "Normally I feel really tired at the end of the season, but now I feel great."

Kuznetsova had already qualified for the $4,550,000 Sony Ericsson Championships in Doha (October 27 – November 1, 2009) and before going to the Persian Gulf one week prior to the event in order to acclimatize, she will spend some time practicing in Moscow. (sources AP, Sony Ericsson WTA Tour)

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10 thoughts on “Svetlana Kuznetsova wins China Open for third title in 2009

  1. nacho

    hi marija its been ages since my last comment. its good to be back ive been a little busy.. congrats to svetlana!! btw that trophy is gigantic lol

  2. Marija

    Hi Nacho, I noticed you were absent in a while and I'm glad to see you back. The trophy is huge. This tournament is Premier, but generally, don't you think there is no correspondence between the importance of the tournament and the size of the trophy?

  3. jacob appleton

    I thought that. Its massive! Very pretty though :)
    Hey, do players get to keep the trophys? Or do they get kept at the Tournament?

  4. nacho

    yeah i totally agree with you marija like in tokio they give the champion a dish!! i mean!! why a dish?

  5. Marija Post author

    Jacob, Grand Slam trophies are always returned, and the winners are given replicas to take home. For other tournaments, I'm not sure… Can someone clarify?

  6. Sunny

    Sorry I can't clarify the trophy situation of non-major tournaments. I was glad to see Sveta win a big tournament. She has won a major, a mandatory premium and a smaller premium in Stuttgart. She had been in a drought for some time before that. Her game is such that she should be winning more. It would be nice if someone took control, possibly winning a major and several other tournaments in the same year.

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