Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova celebrates after defeating Serbia's Jelena Jankovic.
Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova celebrates after defeating Serbia's Jelena Jankovic. Kin Cheung

Three-set epic gives Kuznetsova sense of deja vu

SVETLANA Kuznetsova is no stranger to marathon major matches.

After all, the Russian eighth seed contested the longest women's clash in grand slam history at the Australian Open six years ago when defeated by Italian Francesca Schiavone 6-4 1-6 16-14 in four hours and 44 minutes.

While not quite that length, she took three hours and 36 minutes to finally overcome former world No.1 Jelena Jankovic in their third-round clash, 6-4 5-7 9-7 at Hisense Arena.

She twice failed to serve out the match against Jankovic and would have suffered a case of deja vu.

"Yeah, I had too many match points, like six, when I lost to Francesca and I lost a few other important matches on that court,” Kuznetsova said.

"I was up a set and 4-1 (against Jankovic). Then Jelena was in total control in the third. It was amazing I was able to turn it around and I won.”

The 31-year-old will face fellow Russian and 24th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova for a place in her fourth Australian Open quarter-final.


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