Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova produces stunning comeback to win Citi Open title in Washington

Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova produces stunning comeback to win Citi Open title in Washington
Russian tennis player Svetlana Kuznetsova produced a stunning comeback in the Citi Open final against Croatia’s Donna Vekic, saving four match points on the way to win her first title of the season.

The two-time Grand Slam winner Kuznetsova, 33, returned to action in March after a wrist surgery and got off to a slow start against Vekic, losing the opening set 4-6.

Vekic could have won the match had it not been for a Kuznetsova fight-back which saw her save four match points to take a tie-break victory in the second set.

The Russian took full advantage in the third set, dominating her opponent to win 6-2 and earn her 18th career WTA singles title.

"In the second set, each of us holding serve, I was some match points down, I just managed to hang in there," Kuznetsova said after the game.

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"I knew I was close, I could turn it around, but of course it was really tight in the second set. Then the third set, I felt [Vekic] was really down on herself and she was tired; I felt better and I found my game."

Former World No.2 Kuznetsova, who had slumped to a lowly 128th place in the rankings due to her injury-forced hiatus, has improved her position by jumping to 87th following her success in Washington.