No messing from Kuzy
Kuznetsova was first up against Yan Zi
and the World No. 7 raced out of the blocks to move into a 4-0 lead after just a quarter of an hour played. Zi Yan, the world No. 119, and China’s top ranked player in the tie, did have a few chances, especially in the fourth game of the first set, where she had four break point opportunities, but a total of 15 unforced error’s in the opener alone let her down, as Kuznetsova easily served out, showing immense power from the baseline, to take it 62 in just 27 minutes.
The second set saw an improved performance from Zi Yan, as she managed to hold serve early on, helped in part by a massive reduction in the number of unforced errors committed, and an improved first serve. Frustration was creeping into Kuznetsova’s game and so were the mistakes. Zi Yan managed to get to 0-40 in the fourth game, but this time the world No. 119 didn’t miss another golden opportunity, and would then hold serve to go 4-1 up, and for the first time in the match put Kuznetsova under pressure.
That was just the wake up call the world No.7 needed, first fending off four break points on her own serve, which Zi Yan agreed was the turning point in the match.
It was all Kuznetsova from there, as the Russian won four consecutive games to wrap up a 62 64 victory in just under an hour and 15 minutes and put Russia 1-0 up in the tie.