Back from the brink

Kuznetsova, who fit the bill for the competition by winning the title in Moscow on Saturday, beat the protecting champion 7-5 1-6 7-5 in a stamina-sapping match, however it was her conduct in the choosing set that stole the show.

She had battled severely in the second set as Radwanska leveled the match, and observers watched in paralyzed quiet ahead of schedule in the decider when she hauled a couple of scissors out of her sack and began to slash off the end of her pig tail.

Kuznetsova tossed the free strands of hair on to her seat and continued to play two or three amusements under the watchful eye of falling off court, crying uncontrollably and crying into her towel, giving off an impression of being very nearly weariness.