[Yahoo] Kuznetsova beats Sharapova to win Nasdaq (AP)

Rusty Backhand
04-01-2006, 06:46 PM
Former U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova earned her first tournament title in 18 months by beating Maria Sharapova 6-4, 6-3 Saturday to win the Nasdaq-100 Open. Seeded 12th, Kuznetsova won the all-Russian final thanks to a superior serve and forehand, repeatedly driving Sharapova into a corner and then smacking a winner into the open court.