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Last Updated: Thursday, 3 June, 2004, 13:40 GMT 14:40 UK
Dementieva claims victory
Elena Dementieva
Russia's Elena Dementieva reached her first Grand Slam final with a straight sets win over Argentina's Paola Suarez at the French Open.

The ninth seed triumphed 6-0 7-5 to set up an all-Russian final against Anastasia Myskina.

Dementieva dominated the first set as her opponent failed to find her rhythm.

The second set was a much tighter affair with both players struggling on their serve, but Dementieva managed to hold her nerve to win.

Dementieva's win means she is the first Russian to reach the final at Roland Garros for 16 years.

We should play the final in Moscow
Elena Dementieva
"It's incredible," she said. "It was always my dream to play a Roland Garros final. I'm so happy.

"We did lots of mistakes but that's normal. It's the end of the second week in the toughest tournament physically and it's also hard to handle the stress."

She was on top straight away against Suarez, best known as a doubles player.

She breezed through the first set in just 27 minutes, breaking serve three times as Suarez's game completely fell apart.

The 14th seeded Argentinian, playing in her first Grand Slam semi-final, sent down four double faults, two of them at game point in the fourth and sixth games.

In addition, her 16 unforced errors further undermined her confidence.

The quality of the match further deteriorated in the second set with the opening six games all going against serve.

Dementieva's double fault count quickly shot up to eight before she held for the first time in the set to lead 4-3.

Suarez held for 4-4, broke to lead 5-4 but made a complete mess of serving for the set with a wild forehand handed another break back to the Russian.

Dementieva then edged ahead with a winning drop shot to go 6-5 ahead.

Typically of the match, the 27-year-old Argentinian surrendered the match with her eighth double fault to put the Russian into the final against her childhood friend, Myskina.

"I think we must have played more than 30 times against each other," said Dementieva.

"We should play the final in Moscow."


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