posted on Jun, 5 2004 @ 09:42 AM
PARIS -- Anastasia Myskina became the first Russian woman to claim a Grand Slam title, taking advantage of shaky play by compatriot Elena Dementieva
to win 6-1, 6-2 Saturday at the French Open.
With unspectacular but steady tennis, the No. 6-seeded Myskina capitalized on Dementieva's erratic performance, including 10 double-faults, to win in
The match was the first all-Russian Grand Slam final and marked the first time in 30 years that Russia had even one woman in the final of a major
The No. 9-seeded Dementieva has long been plagued by an unreliable serve, especially in big matches, and that was the case again in her first major
final. She lost her first four service games, and missed her final four serves - for two more double-faults -- to give Myskina a 5-2 lead in the
Myskina herself double-faulted to lose the first game, then settled down and won the next eight games. She closed the victory when Dementieva sent a
return long, and the two foes and longtime friends embraced at the net.
[Edited on 5/6/04 by TRD]