Kuznetsova snaps drought with San Diego Open win

By Matthew Cronin

SAN DIEGO California (Reuters) - Svetlana Kuznetsova overcame a bout of mid-match nerves to grind down Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4 6-7 6-3 and clinch the San Diego Open on Sunday.

"I just shook," said Kuznetsova, playing in her first final of the year. "The trophy was very important to me. I was very embarrassed and I just got it back together and dictated."

Kuznetsova double faulted on two of her four match points during a second set tiebreak where she squandered leads of 4-0 and 6-3 to allow Radwanska back into the match.

The two-time grand slam champion said she had a fit during a break between the second and third sets that she said helped her to get her nerves calmed down.

"My knees were shaking and I couldn't push on my serve and now I know why people double fault on match points," Kuznetsova said. "It was very hard to close and I choked for first time in my life."

"To play that bad at end of the second set and then to let her come back and see me choke, I had to be twice as strong in the third set and I was," said Kuznetsova.

"It's pretty funny now that I won the match, but if I lost I might be thinking: 'should I finish playing tennis?' I doubt it will happen again."

(Editing by Frank Pingue)