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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. – Svetlana Kuznetsova is back in the Key Biscayne final 10 years after she won the tournament.
Kuznetsova erased 12 of the 14 break points she faced and beat Timea Bacsinszky 7-5, 6-3 Thursday in the semifinals of the Miami Open.
The 30-year-old Kuznetsova's opponent Saturday will be the winner of the semifinal Thursday night between No. 2-seeded Angelique Kerber and two-time champion Victoria Azarenka, who is seeded 13th.
Kuznetsova hadn't enjoyed much success at Key Biscayne in recent years, but she upset eight-time champion Serena Williams in the fourth round. At No. 19, the Russian is the lowest-ranked women's finalist in the event since No. 38 Kim Clijsters earned the 2005 championship.
If Kuznetsova wins the title, she'll return to the top 10 for the first time since 2010.