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Davydenko, Myskina win at Kremlin Cup

18/10/2004 06:07:13 AM Comments (0)

Anastasia Myskina defeated Elena Dementieva 7-5, 6-0 to defend her title in the first-ever all-Russian final at the Kremlin Cup tennis tournament as Russians won all four championship matches.

In the men's final, Nikolay Davydenko overcame a one-set deficit to beat Greg Rusedski of Britain 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 and secure Russia its first dual home victory at the ATP and WTA event in 15 years.

Later, Myskina and fellow Russian Vera Zvonareva defeated top-seeded Virginia Ruano Pascual of Spain and Paola Suarez of Argentina 6-3, 4-6, 6-2. It was Myskina's second career doubles title.

Davydenko and Igor Andreev closed the tournament by downing top-seeded Jonas Bjorkman of Sweden and Mahesh Bhupathi of India 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Myskina and Dementieva were the heroines of the first all-Russian Grand Slam final at the French Open in June.

With 10 double-faults, 33 unforced errors and just 11 winners, Dementieva lost to Myskina 6-1, 6-2 in Paris in 59 minutes.

The rematch on Sunday was no better with both players struggling with their serves in the first set, which saw nine breaks in 12 games.

It was a question of who would cope with their nerves, then who would show their best tennis.

"It was very hard to hold my nerves in the beginning. But later, I was able to calm down and played my average tennis," Myskina said.

Myskina, 5-3 down in the first set, won 10 consecutive games to close the match in exactly the same time as in Paris.

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