Elena Dementieva claimed her first Kremlin Cup title on Sunday with a 5-7 6-1 6-1 victory over fourth-seeded Serena Williams in their fifth career meeting.
This title has a special significance to the Russian, since it is her first title on home soil in her 11th Kremlin Cup appearance. Before she had lost two finals at the tournament in Moscow, in 2001 and 2004.
After losing the first set, world No.14 Dementieva came back strong, breaking Williams three times in each of the next two sets. During the match, Williams made 59 unforced errors to her opponent’s 31.
“She just played really unbelievable, she should play like that more often,” said world No.7 Serena Williams.
“I’m not going to make excuses for myself. I played terrible. I had a feeling that almost every shot I hit, it was out.”
Having won her eighth career title, Dementieva earned $182,000 and took her record against Williams to 1-4.