SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA TUNES UP FOR THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN WITH SYDNEY TITLE WIN

Sydney/Australia, 17th January 2016

HEAD's double Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova has earned another career title with a dominating 6-0, 6-2 win over Puerto Rican neophyte Monica Puig to polish her Australian Open form to a glossy sheen thanks to victory at the Apia International.

The 30-year-old Kuznetsova, who endorses the HEAD Graphene XT Extreme, needed less than an hour to inflict her game upon the qualifier ranked 94th. Russian Kuznetsova now owns 16 career trophies including Grand Slam honors in Paris and New York over the course of her career.

The experienced WTA campaigner was pleased with her form all week, highlighted by an upset of second seed Simona Halep in a rain-interrupted semi-final; Sveta then finished off on a winning note a few hours later with her thrashing of Puig.

The on-form HEAD player has now won two of her last three events after also capturing her home Kremlin Cup in Moscow at the end of last season.

The Russian held all the advantages in her meeting with Puig from Puerto Rico who had emerged from the qualifying rounds with a strong run to the title match. Kuznetsova won the first nine games before her opponent got on the scoreboard, and kept up the pressure to claim victory in a stroll, with Puig double-faulting on match point.

While pleased with her win, Kuznetsova confessed that travelling the tennis circuit for almost half her life has been demanding: "Since age 14 I went away from home. That’s what tires me, all the time on the road. This is my struggle, not to play tennis or to practice. I love that."

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