Dementieva beats Williams to reach Toronto final

Sat Aug 22, 2009 7:04pm EDT
 
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By Steve Keating

TORONTO (Reuters) - Russian Elena Dementieva reached the Toronto Cup final with a clinical 7-6 6-1 win over world number two Serena Williams on Saturday to avenge a pair of grand slam defeats by the American.

Williams, who dashed Dementieva's dreams on her way to winning this year's Australian Open and Wimbledon titles, was swept off the court by the fourth seed.

Dementieva's victory guarantees an all-Russian final with compatriots Maria Sharapova and Alisa Kleybanova meeting later on Saturday in the other semi-final.

"I was really waiting for this match after Wimbledon," Dementieva told reporters. "It's always interesting to play Serena, especially looking for revenge after Wimbledon.

"No matter if I'm playing a grand slam or another tournament I'm expecting a tough match against her.

"I realize I have to play my best or I'm going to be out."

The match produced little of the drama seen in their memorable Wimbledon semi-final, which Williams won after an 8-6 third-set thriller.

Second seed Williams, who had faced only one break point all week, was broken three times in the opening set, which was won 7-2 in a tiebreak by Dementieva.   Continued...

 
<p>Elena Dementieva of Russia serves to Serena Williams of the US during their semi-final match at the Rogers Cup tennis tournament in Toronto, August 22, 2009. REUTERS/Peter Jones (CANADA)</p>