Kuznetsova edges Kvitova at French Open

Last Updated: Sat, May 31, 2014 15:44 hrs

PARIS: Two-time major champion Svetlana Kuznetsova came back to beat an ailing and error-prone fifth-seeded Petra Kvitova 6-7 (3), 6-1, 9-7 on Saturday to reach the fourth round of the French Open. 

The 27th-seeded Kuznetsova, who won titles at Roland Garros in 2009 and the US Open in 2004, broke Kvitova at love in the final game. 

The match closed with a 13-stroke exchange capped by a missed forehand by Kvitova, her 65th unforced error. That's 45 more than Kuznetsova made. 

Kvitova, who won Wimbledon in 2011, was repeatedly visited by a trainer and returned with her upper right leg bandaged after one off-court medical timeout. 

She served for the match a couple of times in the third set but was broken.

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