The Portugal Open in Photos: May 3
Veteran photographer Pedro Mendes is covering this year's Portugal Open for TENNIS.com. Each day throughout the tournament, we'll publish a photo gallery of his exclusive on-site images. You can view them all here.
Carla Suarez Navarro entered Saturday's final without a WTA title to her name; the world No. 15 is a five-time runner-up, including last year in Oeiras.
She also had not dropped a set through the semifinals; the Spaniard lost a combined total of seven games in her first three victories.
Suarez Navarro's latest last obstacle was Svetlana Kuznetsova, the 2009 French Open champion.
Kuznetsova did what no one else was able to this week—snag a set from Suarez Navarro. She forced a decider with a 6-3 second-set triumph.
But the sixth time was a charm for CSN, who prevailed 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.
It was, obviously, a long time coming. All five of Suarez Navarro's prior finals came on clay.
Well-dressed friend of TENNIS.com Miguel Seabra emceed the trophy presentation.
Suarez Navarro was a touch happier to speak to the seersuckered one.
Kuznetsova, currently No. 29, last won a title in 2010. She has 13 career titles and, now, 20 runner-up finishes.
You always remember your first time.
Who had the louder outfit—Kuznetsova or Tomas Berdych?
Here, take a closer look. You'll see it again in Sunday's final, too.
Berdych defeated Victor Hanescu, 6-2, 6-2. The top-seeded Czech saved all four break points he faced.
The 32-year-old world No. 93 did well to reach the final four, winning two three-setters.
Carlos Berlocq will try for a major upset at the relatively minor tournament after his 7-6 (6), 6-2 semifinal win.
Just 4-7 coming into the Portugal Open, the 31-year-old hasn't lost a set on his way to the title match.
Daniel Gimeno-Traver was also perfect in sets coming into today's match; he topped No. 3 seed Marcel Granollers in the quarters, 6-1, 6-2.
We'll miss the throwback look and lovely slide.
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