Bittersweet victory for Kuznetsova

Originally Published: June 5, 2009
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

PARIS -- In the end, Svetlana Kuznetsova couldn't bring herself to celebrate this victory in the seconds after it was accomplished.

No falling to her knees, no tears of joy. Just vast empathy for Dinara Safina -- actually, make that sympathy.

When Safina's last, pathetic attempt at a serve clipped the net and bounced well wide, Kuznetsova didn't even smile. She walked slowly to the net, saw the tears in Safina's eyes and kissed her fellow Russian on both red cheeks.


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