Australian Open 2020: Svetlana Kuznetsova knocks out French Open finalist Marketa Vondrousova
The Czech player was sent packing, losing her first round match in three sets, 2-6, 6-4, 4-6.
The unseeded Russian, considered the underdog in the clash, produced a stunning performance on Tuesday, proving she is still able to compete against top-ranked players.
The two-time Grand Slam winner shocked her Czech counterpart in the first set, winning it 6-2.
The number 15 seed Czech made up for the slow start in the second set, recording a 6-4 win and stretching the game into a nail-biting third set.
Live now >>> Former French Open champion, Svetlana #Kuznetsova is locked in a final set battle with last year's FO finalist, Marketa #Vondrousova... Sveta leads 6-2 4-6 4-3, on serve... pic.twitter.com/mTK2xkbo5k— Live Tennis (@livetennis) January 21, 2020
The 32-year-old Russian immediately took the initiative to take a 3-1 lead right from the start, before Vondrousova replied with a solid 2-0 run to tie the set at 3-3.
The players both held serve before Kuznetsova managed to break her opponent to win the nerve-wracking third set 6-4, and book a spot in the second round of the Australian Open.