Tennis - Kuznetsova beats Bacsinszky to reach Miami final

Russian tennis player Svetlana Kuznetsova returns the ball to German Julia Gorges during their WTA game on the first day of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, on February 15, 2016. (AFP Photo/MARWAN NAAMANI)
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  • Svetlana Kuznetsova
    Svetlana Kuznetsova
    Russian tennis player (1985-)
  • Timea Bacsinszky
    Timea Bacsinszky
    Swiss female tennis player
  • Angelique Kerber
    Angelique Kerber
    German tennis player

- Two-time Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova advanced to the final of the ATP and WTA Miami Open on Thursday by defeating Swiss 19th seed Timea Bacsinszky 7-5, 6-3. The 30-year-old Russian, who captured the Miami crown a decade ago, denied Bacsinszky on 12-of-14 break point chances, including three in the final game. "I enjoyed the fight and I'm happy I'm still able to play against the best in the world," Kuznetsova said. "I was praying to finish it in two sets so I would have a little more time to rest." Kuznetsova will play for the title again Saturday against the winner of a later match between Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber and former world number one Victoria Azarenka. Kuznetsova, who ousted top-ranked Serena Williams in the fourth round, has split eight career matches against Azarenka and owns a 4-3 edge on Kerber in their rivalry.

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