Svetlana Kuznetsova Beats Elena Vesnina in Portugal Open to End Final Jinx

Svetlana Kuznetsova defeated fellow Russian Elena Vesnina 6-3, 6-1 in Portugal Open semi-final to reach her first final in more than three years.

updated: May 02, 2014 19:17 IST
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Oeiras, Portugal: Svetlana Kuznetsova reached her first final in more than three years on Friday with a 6-3, 6-1 semi-final win over fellow Russian Elena Vesnina at the ATP-WTA Portugal Open.

The seventh-seed, who owns grand slam titles from 2004 in Paris and 2009 in New York, will Saturday play the winner from Spanish top seed Carla Suarez Navarro and Romanian qualifier Irina Begu. (Also read: Sania-Cara enter doubles semis)

The 28-year-old Kuznetsova last played a final in February, 2011 in Dubai, where she lost to Caroline Wozniacki. The Russian's last trophy was earned at 2010 San Diego.

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