Kuznetsova snatches last WTA Finals berth with Kremlin Cup triumph


Svetlana Kuznetsova completes the line-up for the WTA Finals after cruising to victory over Daria Gavrilova in the Kremlin Cup final.

Kuznetsova needed the win to deny Johanna Konta her place in Singapore and the Russian snuck into the top eight with a 6-2 6-1 triumph, defending the title she first won last year.

The result sees Kuznetsova reach the Finals for the sixth time, but her first since 2009.

An immediate break of serve saw Kuznetsova make a nightmare start, but the world number nine rallied to win six games in succession and clinch the first set in comfortable fashion.

Kuznetsova's hot streak continued into the second set as she raced into a 4-0 lead before wrapping up the match on her opponent's serve at the first time of asking.