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Dementieva wins ASB Classic

1/9/2009 - Tennis

AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- Elena Dementieva beat fellow
Russian Elena Vesnina 6-4, 6-1 in the ASB Classic on Saturday to
win her 12th WTA singles title.

Dementieva, ranked No. 4 and the tournament's top seed, cruised
past 76th-ranked Vesnina in an 88-minute final, overcoming a slow
start to dominate the match with consistent power and accuracy.

The match was the 17th all-Russian final in WTA tournaments
since 2003, nine of which have featured Dementieva, who will go for
her first Grand Slam title in this month's Australian Open.

The first set lasted 50 minutes and featured five service
breaks. Vesnina played aggressively early on, attacking
Dementieva's second serve and rushing to the net behind deep
forehand approaches.

Dementieva worked her way into the match near the middle of the
opening set, and broke Vesnina in the 10th game to close it out.
Dementieva bolted to a 5-0 lead in the second set.