Oeiras Gallery: Carla & Sveta's Epic Showdown
Carla Suárez Navarro and Svetlana Kuznetsova went toe-to-toe in an epic championship clash at the Portugal Open on Saturday afternoon. See all the best pics from the big clash right here.
Published May 03, 2014 12:10
Svetlana Kuznetsova came into the final - her first WTA final since 2011 - looking very strong.
The No.7-seeded Kuznetsova had taken out Eugenie Bouchard, who was seeded No.2, en route to the final.
But Carla Suárez Navarro was just too tough, rallying from 4-1 down in the third to win, 64 36 64.
Kuznetsova had won nine of 11 games in a runaway mid-match stretch to build that 4-1 third set lead.
Suárez Navarro, who was the No.1 seed at the Portugal Open, had been 0-5 in WTA finals beforehand.
The Spanish No.1 had also been 0-2 in finals in Oeiras - she was runner-up the last two years.
Suárez Navarro lost to Kaia Kanepi in the final in 2012 and to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova last year.
She is Spain's third Top 15 player, after WTA legends Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario and Conchita Martínez.