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“I said to myself, ‘Look, you still have it. You’re good enough. It’s just a matter of closing the deal,’” Kuznetsova said. “I just cannot close it. It’s just one point, a stupid point, but it’s only one. I win like 101 during the match, and I can’t win just final one. It’s funny.”

Kleybanova had six aces against Zvonareva, an Australian Open semifinalist and runner-up at the U.S. Open and Wimbledon.

“Maybe the score looked easy, but the match wasn’t really easy today. We had a lot of fighting in many games,” said Kleybanova, who had beaten Zvonareva twice.

“When I walked on the court today to play against her, I believe that I can win and I am better,” she said. “So my point was just to play my game, be aggressive. I didn’t make too many errors today, so everything worked well for me.”

Zvonareva, who reached the quarterfinals last year in Dubai, called the match one of her worst recent performances.

“Definitely, it wasn’t my day today. I think I didn’t play too good, too many unforced errors. Probably one of the worse matches in a while from my part,” she said. “She’s a tough opponent, so if you’re not playing at a high level, it’s very difficult to beat her.”

Stosur, a 2010 French Open finalist who has started slowly this year, hasn’t really been tested in Dubai.