Saturday, August 2, 2008

The come-from-behind kid wins again

Watching Svetlana Kuznetsova and Dinara Safina play their Rogers Cup quarterfinal, with Kuznetsova up a set and a break, you would have thought--if you didn't know better--that Dinara Safina would be packing soon. If you didn't know better.

She muttered, she screamed, she tossed serves into the net. Dinara Safina, seeded 8th, did not get off to a good start against the multi-talented number 4 seed Kuznetsova. But this season, we have learned three things about Safina--she has true confidence, she is as fit as they come, and she likes to come from behind. No doubt, these facts resided somewhere in the mind of the often mentally fragile Kuznetsova.

It was a good match, with athleticism to spare, and after Safina figured it out, she emerged the winner, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2.

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