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Kuznetsova's Nasdaq win powers her into top 10

Updated: April 4, 2006, 6:31 PM ET
By Bonnie DeSimone | Special to ESPN.com

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- She came into the Nasdaq-100 Open as the fifth-best player in her own country -- on paper. By knocking off the highest-visibility and highest-ranked of her fellow Russians in the final, Svetlana Kuznetsova propelled herself into the top 10 on the women's tour and clearly won the popularity contest as well.

Kuznetsova earned her first major title since the 2004 U.S. Open Saturday by outsmacking No. 4 Maria Sharapova 6-4, 6-3. En route to that match, she defeated current ...

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