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Last Updated: Saturday, 5 June, 2004, 14:15 GMT 15:15 UK
Myskina takes French title
Anastasia Myskina
It's really hard to explain how I feel, but I'm still shaking
Anastasia Myskina became the first Russian woman to win a Grand Slam title, thrashing compatriot Elena Dementieva in the French Open final.

Myskina dominated an embarrassingly one-sided match, triumphing 6-1 6-2 in less than hour.

Dementieva was let down by her serve, delivering 10 double faults and committing 33 unforced errors.

Myskina showed no signs of nerves and came from break point down at 5-2 in the second set to triumph.

"I can't believe it," said Myskina.

"I am really happy, just too emotional for words. I never thought I would be here when I was growing up in Moscow.

"It's amazing because playing against my friend I had to hold my emotions in check."

Dementieva, who beat Amelie Mauresmo and Lindsay Davenport on her way to the final, admitted she had been struck by nerves.

I just do not know how to serve
"I was very tired and I was nervous," she said.

"It was the first time in a Grand Slam final and it's a shame for me because it is my dream to win Roland Garros.

"I hope it's not the last time I am in a Grand Slam final."

It was Myskina who looked the more nervous when she double-faulted to lose her opening service game.

However, her compatriot responded with three double faults to surrender the break immediately.

The ninth seed tried to break her opponent's rhythm by attcking the net but she was unable to cut out the errors and lost the next eight games.

With the Roland Garros crowd willing her to put up a fight, Dementieva broke the run of games against her at 0-2 in the second set.

And after two more double faults put her 0-30 down, she produced her best series of shots to hold serve.

But an assured-looking Myskina maintained her composure to hold for 4-2 and then broke again in the next game after two more doubles from Dementieva.

Serving for the match, Myskina saved a break point and wrapped up the title when her opponent hit a forehand long.


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French Open champion Anatasia Myskina
"I have no words right now, I'm so emotional"


Ninth seed Elena Dementieva
"I just couldn't handle all this pressure"




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