Russian player Elena Dementieva’s winning streak reached another high when she captured the Sydney International title on Friday after beating Dinara Safina with a score of 6-2, 2-6, 6-1. Safina broke at the start of the seventh set and claimed the second set with another service break. She was able to level up in the second set, but this was countered by a vigorous comeback by Dementieva in the final set, breaking the 22-year old Russian three times to capture the win.
Dementieva had earlier beaten top-seeded American player Serena Williams at the Medibank International after straight sets, a final Australian tune-up before the Sydney finals, making this win against Safina her 10th straight victory for this year. The 27-year old is currently riding high as the world number four.
She was an Olympic Gold medalist at this year’s Olympics and the Sydney final was actually a rematch of Dementieva’s gold medal showdown against Safina at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, where she beat Safina in three straight sets.
Safina for her part attributed her loss to her play saying “My coach told me to be much more aggressive. He told me the way I have to play, I did this in the second set and then I ran away from my game.”
The match with Safina is Dementieva’s tenth all-Russian final. She already has five such titles under her belt.