Swiss tennis star Belinda Bencic wins Kremlin Cup 2019 with victory over Pavlyuchenko in Moscow
Added 10-20-19 10:37:03am EST - “Swiss star Belinda Bencic is the Kremlin Cup 2019 champion after recording a three-set victory over home favorite Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-3, 6-1, 6-1 in the tournament's 30th anniversary at Krylatskoye Ice Palace on Sunday.” - Rt.com
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World no. 10 Bencic bounced back from losing the opening set to battled Moscow native Pavlyuchenkova in front of a partizan home crowd to eventually cruise to victory in the second and then the deciding set.
It was the second time Bencic had gotten the better of the Russian on home soil, having won their previous indoor meeting in St. Petersburg in 2016, and had the better head to head victories going into the match at 3-1.
After a fairly sound victory in the first set, Pavlyuchenkova seemed to tire rapidly as the match went on, while Bencic came on stronger as the match progressed.
Bencic, a two-time Hopman Cup winner with all-time great Roger Federer, consistently forced errors from the Russian, who fail return adequately from the Swiss player's aggressive play, losing a string of points by repeatedly hitting into the net late in second set.
Pavlyuchenkova eventually handed the set to Bencic with another net shot on her serve, which saw her being broken without winning a point.
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