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Vesnina beats fellow Russian Kuznetsova to win Indian Wells tournament

March 20, 2017, 0:34 updated at: March 20, 2017, 1:03 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The tournament has a prize fund of $7 mln

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Elena Vesnina

Elena Vesnina

© AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill

MOSCOW, March 20. /TASS/. Russia’s Elena Vesnina has defeated fellow Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova 6:7 (6:8), 7:5, 6:4 to win the WTA tournament in Indian Wells, the US.

The tournament has a prize fund of $7 mln.

Vesnina, 30, played a WTA final for the tenth time in her career, securing her third singles trophy.

Kuznetsova, 31, appeared in her 40th WTA final. She had played the Indian Wells final twice before. In 2007, she lost to Slovakia’s Daniela Hantuchova while in 2008 she finished runner-up after falling to Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic.

The Indian Well Masters was founded in 1987, the women’s tournament was launched in 1989. Russian female players already won the tournament three times: Maria Sharapova won the title in 2006 and 2013 while Vera Zvonareva was the winner in 2009.

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