Svetlana Kuznetsova

Elena Vesnina outlasts Svetlana Kuznetsova, wins title at BNP Paribas Open

Elena Vesnina outlasts Svetlana Kuznetsova, wins title at BNP Paribas Open

After working so hard to earn the crystal trophy awarded to the winner of the BNP Paribas Open and spending three hours and one minute on the court Sunday riding roiling waves of emotion to win the biggest championship of her career, Elena Vesnina looked heartbroken when a tournament official burst into her news conference and took away the precious prize.

Had there been a mistake? Was there a snag in her rags-to-riches story of losing in qualifying here last year and returning to win the title by defeating fellow Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova, 6-7, 7-5, 6-4?

Not at all. There was only one trophy on hand and Roger Federer was about to clinch the men’s championship. It wouldn’t...

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