Svetlana Kuznetsova wins in Washington D.C.
Svetlana staged an incredible comeback as she battled from a set down to defeat no. 7 seed Donna Vekic in the Citi Open final 4-6 7-6(7) 6-2 in two hours and thirty-three minutes. The Russian underwent a wrist surgery in November 2017. She made her first appearance on tour in Indian Wells and had since struggled to find her form and motivation. Following a solid training sessions with her new coach Guillermo Cañas in Miami leading up to the US hard court season, she showed her best game when in mattered. She reached the final having not lost more than 4 games in each of her matches. Young Croatian Donna Vekic proved to be a tough opponent and after losing the first set Sveta had to dig very deep to fend off 4 match points to win the second set in a tiebreak 7-6(7) and take the match into the decider. Losing 4 chances to seal the match had an effect on Vekic who started making more and more errors in the third set. Kuznetsova broke Vekic at 2-5 to take the set 6-2 and win her first title since Moscow 2016
Former World No.2 Kuznetsova has fallen to World No.128 due to injuries, making her the lowest-ranked player to hoist the title in Washington.
"In the second set, each of us holding serve, I was some match points down, I just managed to hang in there. 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,” said Kuznetsova following her victory. "I just have next week off, I’m really happy about it, I’d like to take a couple days off. Then I got a wild card to Cincinnati, so I’m really happy and thankful for that. I’m just looking forward to playing there."