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Last Updated: Saturday, 5 June, 2004, 17:31 GMT 18:31 UK
Myskina overwhelmed by win
Anastasia Myskina with the French Open trophy
Anastasia Myskina was lost for words after winning her first Grand Slam title at the French Open.

"It's a dream, a lot of emotions. It's really hard to explain how I feel, but I'm still shaking," she said.

Myskina sympathised with fellow Russian Elena Dementieva, who broke down in tears after her error-strewn display.

"When you are on the court, you don't really think about who you are playing, just about winning, but after the match it's hard to see your friend crying."

The sixth seed admitted she too had been nervous ahead of the final, but had managed to keep her emotions under control during the match, which she won 6-1 6-2.

"I was crying before the match in the locker room," said Myskina, Russia's first female Grand Slam champion.

I just couldn't handle all the pressure
Elena Dementieva
"I held my emotions during two weeks of hard matches. It all just came out before the match."

Dementieva said she had been so nervous she had struggled with her breathing during the match, and Myskina said her physiotherapist had helped her overcome similar problems.

"The physio really helped me," she said. "Just explain what I should do on the court, how I have to breathe, because it was really emotional before.

"It's really hard to hold emotions. But if you can control yourself, it's much easier to play these important matches."

Myskina has become famous for taking her frustration out on her former boyfriend and coach Jens Gerlach during matches.

However, she maintained her composure during the final and said she had been working on her temperament.

"I have been working on myself," she said.

"I know that it doesn't help if you yell at somebody. I was yelling at myself more than anybody.

"My coach has helped me a lot on that part. I have become more professional on the court."


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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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