Match Recap, Roland Garros R4: Kuznetsova d. Safarova, 6-3 6-4

Kuznetsova

A series of drawn out matches on Suzanne Lenglen court saw Svetlana Kuznetsova and Lucie Safarova relegated to court one for the last of the fourth round matches.  In the fading light, Kuznetsova defeated Safarova in a high quality encounter, 6-3 6-4 lasting one hour and 20 minutes.  The first set was a little scrappy; Kuznetsova was by far the more consistent player as the scoreline would suggest.  The second set was tremendous.  For much of the first set and a half, Lucie was making too many errors and on many occasions, missing by millimetres.  Kuznetsova had a point to lead 6-3 *4-0.   Peak Lucie did made an appearance though as she found her rhythm to hold and then break serve to LOVE in what was a perfect return game.

The second set featured many terrific rallies; Lucie finally started to work some angles and hit winners with her flowing forehand.  Kuznetsova defended impeccably throughout the whole match.  Her movement and defence on this surface was staggering at times.  Her game is just perfect for the clay as her record at Roland Garros would suggest.  After a flurry of breaks, Kuznetsova held to 6-3 5-4*.  In what would be the final game of the match,  Kuznetsova stepped it up and nailed some returns.  The pressure was too much in the end for Lucie.  I was gutted for Lucie because she is fast becoming my favourite WTA player.  However Kuznetsova was the better player and fully deserving of the victory.  It was a shame the match ended so prematurely because it was a great watch.

Svetlana Kuznetsova goes through to the quarter-finals to play Simona Halep.  Seriously, THIS MATCH COULD BE AMAZING.

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