Daria Gavrilova thrashed in Kremlin Cup final
Australia’s Daria Gavrilova has lost her maiden WTA final in straight sets to Svetlana Kuznetsova, who has claimed her second straight Kremlin Cup title.
The Russian took a little more than an hour to defeat Gavrilova 6-2, 6-1 in Moscow on Saturday, which qualifies her for the WTA finals in Singapore.
Kuznetsova will next face world number three Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland in Monday’s group stages.
The top-seeded Russian saved six of the seven break points she faced and converted six of her eight opportunities to beat the 38th-ranked Gavrilova in 72 minutes.
Melbourne-based Gavrilova, playing in her home town of Moscow, made it to her first WTA final after dispatching Germany’s Julia Goerges 7-5, 6-1 in the semis.
While the 22-year-old, who knocked out 2014 champion Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the quarter-finals, was seeking her first WTA title – Kuznetsova has already won 16.
The 31-year-old Kuznetsova, who was a fixture at the season-ending finals for much of her early 20s, had not qualified since 2009 but she returns to take her place in the eight-player draw at the expense of Britain’s Johanna Konta.