By Neil-Monticelli Harley-Rudd in Paris
The Russian, who captured the 2009 Roland Garros title, overwhelmed the world no3 with aplomb.
Kuznetsova explained that the sudden upsurge in her game this season has been down to returning to train in Russia from her base in Spain:
“It was the right thing for my soul and to my feelings inside by coming back to Moscow to train.
“Changing my tennis from Spanish ways to another way was wrong for me. I had great coaches, I appreciated everybody a lot and they brought a lot to me.
“But now I need something else. I need a little bit back, my spin game. Now I try to play more forehands and I try to dictate, I play more speed.
“This is the game I was playing when I won 2004 US Open and the 2009 French Open. I have some advantages, which I had not been using.”