Kuznetsova upset in first round

Updated: February 16, 2009, 2:37 PM ET
Associated Press

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Seventh-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova was upset by fellow Russian Elena Vesnina in three sets Monday at the Dubai Tennis Championship.

Vesnina defeated Kuznetsova 6-4, 3-6, 6-0 in 1 hour, 41 minutes in the second-round match. Ayumi Morita of Japan defeated the 15th-seeded Anna Chakvetadze 7-5, 6-2 and ninth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland lost to her younger sister, Urszula, 6-4, 6-3 in first-round matches.

Also, French Open champion and eighth-seeded Ana Ivanovic of Serbia moved into the third round with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Alisa Kleybanova of Russia.

Amelie Mauresmo, winner of last week's Paris Open, withdrew at the last minute and was fined $7,500 by the WTA.

Vesnina, ranked 75th in the world and a qualifier here, was thrilled with her victory.

"She's obviously a top 10 player, so it's even more special," the 22-year-old Russian said. "I think I really troubled her today. She wasn't comfortable at all and I feel she was totally lost in the third set. She kept looking at her coach."

Kuznetsova said the fast court was a problem.

"The court was fast, and I just could not get the feel of the ball throughout the match," Kuznetsova said. "I am now off to Moscow, and I really need to work hard on my game."

The event has attracted a quality field this year with most of the top 10 competing. Australian Open winner Serena Williams is the top seed.


Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press

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