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But the two-time Grand Slam titlist turned it around when she saved one set point in the eighth game. Kuznetsova won five consecutive games to take the set.

“It’s hard when you go on the court and you have no clue how a girl will play,” said Kuznetsova, who faced Vandeweghe for the first time. “I was trying to adjust to her game. At some moment I started to understand a little bit more how she plays. I understood what she doesn’t like, what she likes and tried to mix it up so she couldn’t hurt me.”

At 1-all in the second set, Kuznetsova rolled through four straight games to go ahead 5-1. The Russian finally put away the 205th-ranked Vandeweghe on her third match point in the eighth game.

“I came in a little bit tired from last night, a little heavy legged,” said Vandeweghe, who said she has received a wild-card entry to play next week at Cincinnati. “I had a great first set. She’s a two-time Grand Slam champion for a reason.”

Vandeweghe is the niece of former NBA star Kiki Vandeweghe, who also served as the New Jersey Nets’ general manager and coach. Her grandfather, Ernie, played for the New York Knicks in the 1950s.