Radwanska blows huge early lead to hand Kuznetsova opening set
After only arriving for the finals a day after qualifying in Moscow, Kuznetsova was understandably sluggish early on and Radwanska capitalized, breaking to 15 to open up a 3-1 lead. After a hold to love extended her lead to 4-1, it all appeared to be going the defending champion's way, but Kuznetsova clawed her way back into the set, breaking in the seventh game to 30 to get the set back on serve. She broke again in the eleventh game for a 6-5 lead and was able to serve it out only after saving a break point at 30-40 and needing three set points.
Radwanska wins second set in a rout to level the match
As with the first set, Radwanska jumped out to an early lead, this time 2-0, breaking Kuznetsova immediately. Despite being broken back, the Pole wouldn't lose another game in the set, breaching the Russian's serve again for a 5-1 lead. She served out the set after needing four set points and the match was headed to a decisive third set.
Kuznetsova saves match point en route to come-from-behind victory
It appeared Radwanska's momentum would continue into the third set as she broke Kuznetsova followed by a 16-point game resulting in a hold, the defending champion saving two match points. Twice in the remainder of the set breaks were exchanged and the result was a 5-4 lead for Radwanska. In the tenth game as she served for the match, Kuznetsova saved a match point and levelled the set with a break on her second chance. A quick love hold put the pressure back on the Pole and after saving two match points, she was unable to save a third as Kuznetsova rallied for a crucial win, winning the last three games to put herself in optimal position heading into the remaining group stage matches.