Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova

Bouncing back in big way at Paribas Open

Bouncing back in big way at Paribas Open

The similarities between Elena Vesnina and Svetlana Kuznetsova, who will play for the women’s title Sunday at the BNP Paribas Open, go well beyond both having been born in Russia.

One year ago Vesnina, 30, lost in the first round of qualifying for this tournament and was forced to rebuild her ranking and her confidence in slow steps. She had to learn to win in qualifying to find encouragement in losses. Things began to turn for her when she upset Venus Williams in the second round at Miami and then endured a close loss to Johanna Konta.

“These kind of things give you belief that you're almost there. Your ranking is not there, but your game is there,” said Vesnina, seeded No....

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