August 22, 2009 / 6:45 AM / in 8 years

Dementieva beats Williams to reach Toronto final

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.

<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>

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.”

<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</p>

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.

In a stunning collapse, Williams was 5-3 up and serving for the first set but only held her serve once more in the match.

The Russian, who beat Williams for Olympic gold on the Beijing hardcourts a year ago, raced into a 3-0 lead in the second and never looked back as she won convincingly.

”I probably should have won but I didn‘t,“ said Williams. ”I can’t say I was especially feeling the fire, the burn, but obviously I wanted to do well.

“I really hope to have another go at her at the U.S. Open because I learned a lot from today’s match.”

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