Kuznetsova exits the Open

THE SPORTS NETWORK

, Last Updated: 6:20 PM ET

FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY - Former champion Svetlana Kuznetsova was a fourth-round upset victim Monday at the U.S. Open.

Talented Slovak Dominika Cibulkova cut down the 11th-seeded Kuznetsova 7-5, 7-6 (7-4) at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The scrappy Cibulkova dismissed Kuznetsova in 2 hours, 6 minutes, as the Russian piled up 10 double faults and had her serve broken on four occasions.

The two-time Grand Slam event champion Kuznetsova titled here in 2004 and was the U.S. Open runner-up in 2007. She hasn't reached the quarterfinals in Flushing since '07.

Cibulkova will appear in her second career and first-ever U.S. Open quarterfinal.

The 21-year-old Cibulkova will meet the Caroline Wozniacki-Maria Sharapova winner in the round of eight. Wozniacki is the top seed at this fortnight and was last year's U.S. Open runner-up to Belgian star Kim Clijsters. Sharapova was the 2006 champion here and is a former world No. 1.


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