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Top Seed Kuznetsova Falls To Bartoli

Miami, USA

Sony Ericsson Open - Marion Bartoli - Miami 2010© Getty ImagesMarion Bartoli has won seven of her past 11 matches against Top 5 opponents.

Troubled by a right shoulder injury, top seed Svetlana Kuznetsova crashed out of the Sony Ericsson Open Monday after suffering a 6-3, 6-0 loss to former Wimbledon finalist Marion Bartoli. Kuznetsova three times received on-court treatment for the injury and was far from top form.

Bartoli, the 13th-seeded Frenchman, claimed her first win in three meetings with the Russian and advanced to the Miami quarter-finals for the second time, having first made the last eight in 2003 as a qualifier. Bartoli has now won seven of her past 11 matches against Top 5 players (including one by retirement).

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Kuznetsova revealed that she strained her shoulder (near her armpit) in her first match of the tournament and had been undergoing treatment.  “It wasn't so bad as today; today was really bad.

“At 5-3 I started to serve and I felt like a pull.  But I still kept serving.  I almost had stars in my eyes it was so painful.  I called physio and tried to continue to play.  I think I should have pulled out earlier.  I mean, it's impossible.  You know, I cannot return.  Then I cannot serve.  That was my choice to play.”

Bartoli said that she was delighted to return to the quarter-finals for the first time in seven years.  “It feels great..  I had a couple of bad years here. It was really tough for me, because I really love this tournament since I played Orange Bowl here when I was 16 years old.

"Coming here and playing so badly the last few years has been tough mentally.  This year I just arrived a bit earlier from Indian Wells and practiced a lot more to get used to the conditions…  I think the work paid off.”
 

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