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Kuznetsova boosts Singapore hopes

2016-10-21 09:26
Svetlana Kuznetsova (Getty Images)

Moscow - Top-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova battled into the semi-finals of the Kremlin Cup on Thursday with a hard-fought win over tearful ninth seed Timea Babos of Hungary to boost her hopes of making the WTA Finals.

The two-time Grand Slam title winner, ranked ninth in the world, won her first ever meeting with Babos 7-5, 6-7 (2/7), 6-2.

Kuznetsova took the opening set in 50 minutes and was serving for the match in the second but Babos survived by winning the tiebreak that followed to level at 1-1 after one hour 47 minutes on court.

A left thigh injury forced Babos to take a medical break halfway into the deciding set and in the last game she collapsed in tears.

"It was really good for me that we had to play the third set. I finally relaxed and began to play my normal tennis," Kuznetsova said.

"But before that I felt stressed and rusty. When I served for the match in the second set I squandered all of my chances. It was a really terrible game. Hopefully I will be relaxed in the semi-final."

Russian veteran Kuznetsova needs to retain her Moscow title to edge Britain's Johanna Konta and claim the last spot in the elite eight-woman field at next week's season finale in Singapore.

Kuznetsova will next face fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine, who dumped Croatia's Ana Konjuh out of the event with a 6-1, 6-1 win in just one hour.

In the other semi-final, Julia Goerges of Germany, who saw off eighth-seeded Daria Kasatkina of Russia 7-5, 6-1, will clash with Australia's Daria Gavrilova, who beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, seeded seventh, 7-5, 4-6, 6-3.

In the ATP event, Russian teenage qualifier Alexander Bublik upset top-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain, a two-time runner-up in Moscow, 6-2, 7-5.

ATP/WTA Kremlin Cup results in Moscow on Thursday (x denotes seeding):

Men

2nd rd

Alexander Bublik (RUS) bt Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP x1) 6-2, 7-5

Pablo Carreo-Busta (ESP x6) bt Damir Dzumhur (BIH) 6-3, 2-1 - retired

Daniil Medvedev (RUS) bt Viktor Troicki (SRB x4) 3-6, 6-3, 6-1

Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) bt Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3

Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER x3) bt Dusan Lajovic (SRB) 7-5, 3-6, 6-3

Women

Quarter-finals

Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS x1) bt Timea Babos (HUN x9) 7-5, 6-7 (2/7), 6-2

Elina Svitolina (UKR x4) bt Ana Konjuh (CRO) 6-1, 6-1

Julia Goerges (GER) bt Darya Kasatkina (RUS x8) 7-5, 6-1

Daria Gavrilova (AUS) bt Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS x7) 7-5, 4-6, 6-3

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