Thrashing world No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska was Svetlana Kuznetsova’s best performance in a long time and reminded the 2009 French Open champion why she loves tennis, Kuznetsova said Friday.
The big-hitting Russian downed Radwanska 6-1, 6-2, to notch up her tenth win in 13 matches between the pair and extend her unbeaten streak against the Pole to six matches since 2009.
“It’s been a long time since I played like I did today,” Kuznetsova said.
“When everything comes together for me, I control my game and it doesn’t really depend on my opponent.”
“In moments like that I really feel pleasure from tennis and I understand why I love it.”
Kuznetsova faces a fourth-round match with 21st seed Sara Errani, who defeated 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic 1-6, 7-5, 6-3.
Kuznetsova has a 5-0 winning record against Errani and said she has identified some shortcomings in the Italian’s game.
“She’s a fighter, although she doesn’t hold any real trump cards in terms of technique.”
Kuznetsova is ranked No. 28 in the world, down from her career high ranking of No. 2 in 2007.