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Dementieva had Serena on the run

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The Williams sisters have 17 Grand Slam titles between them, and at least this much has been ensured in contrasting styles that the number would be taken to 18 by the end of Saturday.

Elena Dementieva pushed Serena Williams to the wall so much that Serena was almost celebrating having managed to stay in the game after winning the second set and leveling the game at one all.

Not having won a big title and being unaccustomed to be in a leading position can be unnerving, otherwise Elena Dementieva clearly had Serena on the defensive most of the times. Her improved serve and breathtaking play from the baseline caught Serena offguard, but the winner of 10 Grand Slam titles kept coming back and was more tuned to win the crucial points.

Serena replied to the loss of the first set by quickly breaking Dementieva in the second and also consolidating the break but the Russian refused to yield and broke Serena in the 6th game to make it 3-3. The Russian also had a chance to take the second set to a tie-breaker but wasted 4 break points and an ace by Serena made it one set all.

Dementieva again had Serena on the run and took an early lead to go 3-1 up in the decider only to squander it, with the match coming back on serve. A critical Serena shot touched just about a millimeter of the cusp of the sideline and the baseline and that’s about all that separated the two players.

Venus on the other hand thrashed the current World number 1 Dinara Safina 6-1, 6-0. You don’t want to say anything else about that game.

Written by Deepan Joshi

July 3, 2009 at 2:33 am

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  1. Shame she couldn’t take the match point.

    She bottled it!

    The Binocular

    July 3, 2009 at 3:03 am

    • Yeah, the winner takes all. Elena though I thought was clearly superior in all round tennis throughout.

      Deepan Joshi

      July 3, 2009 at 11:14 am

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