posted on Sep, 10 2004 @ 07:13 PM
NEW YORK -- Elena Dementieva kept floating her funny serves, slow and spinning Frisbees more suited for table tennis than the hard courts at Flushing
Meadows. And at the end, that was barely enough.
In a match that was more entertaining than well played, Dementieva somehow outlasted Jennifer Capriati 6-0, 2-6, 7-6 (5) Friday to set up all-Russian
women's final at the U.S. Open.
The Open is the only Grand Slam event that goes to a final set tiebreaker, and that's where this one went. Capriati won a stirring, 49-stroke exchange
early in the third set, then let loose her only double-fault of the day to make it 6-all.
Flipping 58 mph serves into a stiff wind, Dementieva eventually won it on her second match point with a strong backhand. She advanced to play Svetlana
Kuznetsova for the championship Saturday.
Earlier, Kuznetsova became the first Russian woman to reach the Open final when she beat a limping Lindsay Davenport 1-6, 6-2, 6-4.
"Russians are here," Kuznetsova said after her win.
It will be the second all-Russian final at a major this year. Dementieva lost to Anastasia Myskina at the French Open, then Russian Maria Sharapova
"I guess they're just hungry to play. They've got some pretty good ones," Capriati said. "You're bound to have one of them.''