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Paes, Kuznetsova triumph at French Open

June 7, 2009 01:14 IST

Paes, Kuznetsova triumph at French Open

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Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova poses with her trophy near the Eiffel Tower in Paris after winning against her compatriot Dinara Safina in the women's final at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros on Saturday.

Kuznetsova won her second Grand Slam title when she outplayed fellow Russian and world number one Safina 6-4, 6-2 in the final.

The seventh-seeded Kuznetsova, US Open champion in 2004, dictated the points consistently and prevailed after 74 minutes on Centre Court to deny Safina a first Grand Slam title.


Image: Svetlana Kuznetsova poses with the French Open trophy
Photographs: Reuters
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Safina was too tight: Kuznetsova

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Kuznetsova, President of the French Tennis Federation (FFT) Jean Gachassin, former tennis great Steffi Graf and Safina pose for the cameras after the women's final.

"Today, when I was coming out on court I knew that everything would be alright," said Kuznetsova. "I was pretty calmed down.

"(Safina) is better than me at the moment, she is the world number one, but she was too tight."

For Safina it was a familiar story, following her defeat by Ana Ivanovic in last year's final.

"I am in the same situation as last year," she told the 15,000 crowd. "Hopefully one day I can win here."


Image: Svetlana Kuznetsova, President of the French Tennis Federation (FFT) Jean Gachassin, former tennis great Steffi Graf and Dinara Safina pose

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Paes claims 3rd French crown

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Leander Paes and Lukas Dlouhy staged a magnificent recovery to beat South Africa's Wesley Moodie and Belgium's Dick Norman and win the men's doubles title at the French Open.

The third seeded Indo-Czech pair turned in a solid display after losing the first set to emerge 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 winners over their unseeded opponents in the final.


Image: Leander Paes of India and Lukas Dlouhy of the Czech Republic celebrate after winning the final

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The victors and the vanquished

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For 35 year-old Indian ace Paes, this was his third French Open doubles crown, having won the clay-court title in 1999 and 2001 with estranged partner Mahesh Bhupathi. In the process, he swelled his Grand Slam collection to nine titles.

It is almost after a gap of three years that Paes won men's doubles title at a major, since winning the 2006 US Open with Martin Damm.


Image: Leander Paes, Lukas Dlouhy, Wesley Moodie and Dick Norman

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Aces in the crowd

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Microsoft founder Bill Gates and tennis legend Martina Navratilova applaud Paes and Dlouhy's victory.

Image: Microsoft founder Bill Gates and tennis legend Martina Navratilova

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