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Kuznetsova wins Kremlin Cup

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Svetlana Kuznetsova swept aside an exhausted Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-2, 6-1 to win the Kremlin Cup on Saturday. 

Kuznetsova's dominance was never in doubt against a fellow Russian who admitted being exhausted as she played her 10th match in 12 days.

For the two-time Grand Slam winner Kuznetsova, it is her first title in her home country and comes at her 11th attempt at the Kremlin Cup.

"Playing in Moscow's really hard for me because it's the one I want most. It's pretty much the same emotions as at Roland Garros," she said.

Kuznetsova hailed Pavlyuchenkova, who was struggling for fitness after she won the Generali Ladies tournament in Austria last week, as "a real fighter" for playing through the pain.

Pavlyuchenkova held serve with difficulty in the early stages but struggled to move around the court and was soon overwhelmed.

From 2-2 in the first set, Kuznetsova won the next nine games as she cruised to victory in an hour and 19 minutes of action.

"It was painful that the final turned out like that but I'm happy that I made the final," Pavlyuchenkova said.

"I couldn't put any pressure on my left leg when serving, so the serve wasn't working at all. Plus Sveta was playing great. It seemed everything was going her way."

It was Kuznetsova's 15th career title and her first since the Citi Open in Washington in 2014.

In the semi-finals of the men's competition, top-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia defeated Russian wild card Evgeny Donskoy 6-3 6-1 to set up a final against Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut. The second seed beat Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4, 6-4.

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