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Kuznetsova edges Kvitova 9-7 in 3rd at French Open



PARIS (AP) - It was a long, hard-fought victory for Svetlana Kuznetsova, and it seems to have made her feel like a champion again. An eight-time French Open champion, that is.

Kuznetsova, who won the title at Roland Garros in 2009, broke Petra Kvitova twice when the fifth-seeded Czech was serving for the match and won 6-7 (3), 6-1, 9-7 Saturday to earn a spot in the fourth round.

"I really feel almost like Rafa out there," Kuznetsova said, referring to Rafael Nadal. "The difference is I cannot make winners from that far behind, so I have to go inside a little bit."

Nadal is known for his inexhaustible defense and his ability to chase down balls in all corners of the court - and get them back. That has earned him a record eight French Open titles.

Kuznetsova did much of the same Saturday, making Kvitova hit shot after shot.

Kuznetsova, who also won the U.S. Open in 2004, took advantage of an injured and error-prone Kvitova on Court Philippe Chatrier. The 2011 Wimbledon champion ended up with 65 unforced errors, including a missed forehand on match point. Kuznetsova had only 20 unforced errors.

"I left out there everything I could," said Kuznetsova, a Russian seeded 27th this year at Roland Garros. "I (came) up with a win, but I was very close to the loss, as well."

Kvitova was repeatedly visited by a trainer and returned with her upper right leg bandaged after one off-court medical timeout. After the match, she said she felt something in her right hamstring.

"Both of us showed great tennis out there," Kvitova said. "In the end she really played well. She put almost everything back, and it was very tough to win that."

Kuznetsova is one of two former French Open champions remaining in the draw, along with Maria Sharapova. Serena Williams, Li Na, Ana Ivanovic and Francesca Schiavone have all been eliminated.

In the fourth round, Kuznetsova will get another chance to play like Nadal when she faces Lucie Safarova, a 23rd-seeded Czech.

"Going to be another tough one," Kuznetsova said. "And I (will) try to be ready to run as much, and maybe even more, and to be a little bit more aggressive."

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erwinbuild May 31 2014 at 2:20 PM

In your headline, you proclaimed Kuznetsova as an eight - time French Open Winner!
Wake Up AOL!!!

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albanyk4 May 31 2014 at 3:05 PM

Eight-time French Open Champion? How in the world is this error not caught by now? AOL Sports, she won it once. Please get better journalists.

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chamberspr albanyk4 May 31 2014 at 6:31 PM

Learn to read English. The eight-time winner is Nadal.

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jer.thompson chamberspr May 31 2014 at 10:34 PM

Learn to read the headline and then don't be such a jug head

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meshura May 31 2014 at 7:08 PM

Just curious why all the photos are of the loser?

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abbafan320 June 01 2014 at 12:48 AM

At least we are rid of Serena! That alone is gold!!!

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eggbertgreg abbafan320 June 01 2014 at 1:32 AM

Although Serena is out of the french there is still Wimbledon and the US Open the two she will win.

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meshura May 31 2014 at 7:10 PM

Why are all of the photos of Kvitova? Didn't she lose? Don't guess Kuznetsova is photogenic enough for the media.

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eggbertgreg June 01 2014 at 1:28 AM

AOL Please! It is Rafa who has won 8 French titles. Judgeing by the the way he looks right now it will be 9.

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cgpit May 31 2014 at 8:44 PM

Chamberspr,,,,,Read the first line of the article "It was a long, hard-fought victory for Svetlana Kuznetsova, and it seems to have made her feel like a champion again. An eight-time French Open champion, that is."

What part of that says Rafa Nadal??? I am guessing the writer usually covers the Kardashians and doesn't have a clue to they are talking about.....

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Randy May 31 2014 at 1:47 PM

The French has always been the most boring of the slams .............

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fairway7000 Randy June 01 2014 at 1:52 AM

Yaawwwnn

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timlamons May 31 2014 at 6:04 PM

Eight time winner ??? Does the writer watch any sports ??

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chamberspr timlamons May 31 2014 at 6:31 PM

Again, learn to read English. The eight-time winner is Nadal.

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halt1025 May 31 2014 at 2:33 PM

obomacare

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eggbertgreg halt1025 June 01 2014 at 1:33 AM

obomascare.

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