Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova sails through the final of the Sydney International beating surprise finalist Monica Puig from Puerto Rico in straight sets.
Ruthless Kuznetsova demolishes Puig in Sydney final
SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA (JANUARY 15, 2016) (IEC – WTA TOUR – SEE ABOVE FOR RESTRICTIONS)
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA (LIGHT BLUE) V MONICA PUIG (DARK BLUE)
1. SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA ENTERING COURT AND WALKING PAST SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL TROPHY
2. KUZNETSOVA SERVING / RALLY ENDS WITH GENTLE CUSHIONED KUZNETSOVA SHOT NEAR NET TO MAKE SCORE 5-0 IN FIRST SET
3. KUZNETSOVA PREPARING TO SERVE / KUZNETSOVA SERVING / RALLY ENDING WITH KUZNETSOVA WINNER PAST PUIG AT THE NET
4. KUZNETSOVA CELEBRATING POINT THAT MADE THE SCORE 6-0 4-2 15-0
5. REPLAY OF POINT
6. KUZNETSOVA SERVING / WINNING POINT TO MAKE SCORE 40-0 WHILE MATCH IS AT 6-0 4-2
8. PUIG DOUBLE FAULTS AT CHAMPIONSHIP POINT TO GIVE KUZNETSOVA VICTORY 6-0 6-2
9. KUZNETSOVA CELEBRATING
10. COACH CELEBRATING
11. KUZNETSOVA AND PUIG SHAKE HANDS AT NET / SHAKE UMPIRE’S HAND
12. PUIG SITTING
13. VARIOUS OF KUZNETSOVA LIFTING TROPHY BOWL AFTER WINNING TOURNAMENT
14. KUZNETSOVA AND PUIG HOLDING UP THEIR TROPHY BOWLS
STORY: Svetlana Kuznetsova rolled back the years with a ruthless 6-0 6-2 demolition of Puerto Rican qualifier Monica Puig to win her 16th WTA title at the Sydney International on Friday (January 15).
In 55 minutes of one-sided tennis, the 30-year-old former French and U.S. Open champion showed that her rivals should not take her lightly at next week’s Australian Open, despite her current lowly ranking.
Kuznetsova’s performance was all the more impressive given the Russian had already spent more than two hours on the court earlier on Friday completing her semi-final tussle with world number two Simona Halep of Romania, finally winning out 7-6(5) 4-6 6-3.
While that match, held over from Thursday (January 14) after a thunderstorm wreaked havoc with the schedule at Olympic Park, was a hard-fought battle, the same could not be said of the final clash on Ken Rosewall Arena.
Eight years after her last appearance in the Sydney final, when she lost to Belgian Justine Henin, Kuznetsova was a ball of energy throughout.
The world number 25 strutted around the court firing winners from both sides and feasted on Puig’s second serve to bring a shuddering halt to the Puerto Rican’s fairytale run at Olympic Park.
It was not until the fourth game of the second set that the shell-shocked Puig was able to get on the scoreboard, her first service hold earning her a huge ovation from a sympathetic crowd.
However, the match ended soon after with a double fault by Puig to complete Kuznetsova’s win in just 56 minutes.
Puig had played seven matches, including a quarter-final upset of ex-U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur, to get to the final but admitted she was simply no match for the clinical Russian.
Kuznetsova, three-times a quarter-finalist at the Australian Open, will take on Slovakia’s Daniela Hantuchova in the first round at Melbourne Park next week.