Vesnina clinches Indian Wells title

The Russian defeats compatriot Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-7, 7-5, 6-4 in the final.

Elena Vesnina en route to her victory on Sunday.   -  AP

Elena Vesnina defeated her Russian compatriot Svetlana Kuznetsova in the women's singles final to clinch the Indian Wells Masters on Sunday. The keenly contested encounter lasted more than three hours.

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Vesnina, the World No. 15, fought back from the brink of defeat, down 1-4 in the second set, having lost the first via a tie-breaker.

"When I was down 4-1 in the second set, it seemed like so far away this title. Now I won it and I'm so, so happy. I was playing a bit more free when I was down in the score. I took my chances," Vesnina was quoted as saying by www.bnpparibasopen.com.