Svetlana Kuznetsova wins Pilot Pen title when Agnes Szavay retires


Top-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia won her first title this season when qualifier Agnes Szavay of Hungary retired with a back injury Saturday while leading 6-4, 0-3 at the Pilot Pen.

Agnes Szavay missed an opportunity to become the first qualifier to win a Tier I or Tier II tournament in WTA recorded history. The 18-year-old Hungarian was the third player to withdraw when playing against the Russian at the Pilot Pen — Francesca Schiavone dropped out with an ankle injury in the third round, while in the semifinal Elena Dementieva had to retire due to an upset stomach. Could this be called the Curse of Kuznetsova?

World number four Sveta had lost four other finals this year — at Doha, Indian Wells, Berlin and Rome. Now she will head to the US Open as the fourth seed. (via Sports Illustrated, Women Who Serve)


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