"Why not? Of course, I mean, she did semis in Wimbledon last year. She won here now. She has to be much more consistent to be in the top 10, but she can make it, for sure," said the defeated Russian of her compatriot.
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Kuznetsova admitted that she had struggled with the daytime conditions, and felt rather frustrated that she had not played as well as she could.
"I didn't feel comfortable at all today on the court," said the 31-year-old. "I was trying to do the best I could, you know, but this is the type of day when you don't play your best tennis and you've got to still give your best effort.
"I tried my best and she won because she was more aggressive than I did. I was too passive. That's it. Too much behind and didn't serve well, I think it was key points."
Kuznetsova now moves on to Miami - and is confident that she can recover quickly from the loss to her countrywoman.
"I feel great," she assured reporters in her post-match press conference. "I didn't overwork. I think what really is difficult to handle, like, lots of stress. It's, like, kind of waste you physically a little bit. But the rest matches didn't get me so much tired. I feel great physically.
"I'm looking forward to have couple days off and hopefully get a good start in Miami."