Two Russians took the two tournaments that finished this weekend: Elena Dementieva won the Open GDF SUEZ in her ninth attempt, and Vera Zvanareva successfully defended her PTT Pattaya Open title.
Dementieva, top-seed and last year’s finalist in Paris, recovered from losing the first set to beat Czech Lucie Safarova 6-7(5) 6-1 6-4 and finally win the indoor event in the capital of France.
“I have been trying to win this tournament for so many years – it’s been one of the most difficult wins of my career and I am so happy,” said Dementieva after winning her second title of 2010.
Meanwhile, in the other part of the world, Vera Zvonareva won the PTT Pattaya Open for the second successive year and thus became the first player to do such a thing in the 19-year history of the tournament. Top-seeded Zvonareva beat home favorite Tamarine Tanasugarn 6-4 6-4 in the final and collected her 10th career title.
This win seemed to mean so much to Dementieva that I was happy to see her win. I saw the three, three-set matches she played to win and was impressed at how she fought to come back. It was difficult to see Oudin and Safarova lose though as they could have used a win for their careers. I don’t have one favorite player but follow several and when they play against each other it is hard to watch 🙁
Good for Zvonareva too. It looks like her ankle may finally be healed.
I think she needed this win to help her get over the disappointment at AO. On the other hand, being from Slovakia I really wanted Safarova to do well. I think this would be her first title. Ah well, next time.
Safarova has 4 Tour level titles, Forest Hills and Estoril in 05, Gold Coast in 06, and Forest Hills in 08. But Paris, as a Premier event would have been her biggest win. Yes, I was very torn about who should win even though I am not from Slovakia. It is a place I’ve always wanted to visit, really.
Marine, I forgot to tell you, I was in Bratislava on Saturday and Sunday. 🙂 I have a friend there, she moved from Serbia to Bratislava to live with her Slovak boyfriend. I enjoyed it, although, summer is always my season of choice for traveling.
Safarova is one of those cool players that can spice up matches, I remember quite a few nail-biters of hers, but she hasn’t been prominent enough lately.
Sunny, thanks for the info. Well, I think we’re going to hear about Lucie much more if she plays this way. I think Slovakia is worth visiting, we’ve got a lot of mountains and lakes.
Happy you liked Bratislava, Marija, although I have to admit it’s not one of my favourites, hehe :-). I’m from the eastern part and it’s a bit of territorial thing though ;-).
Marine, now that we no longer need visas to visit Slovakia I’m sure I will come more often as it is not that far. I’m looking forward to visiting the eastern part as well. 😉
Good idea, Marija! I think you’ll like it, there are many beautiful places in Slovakia, although, to my own embarrassment I have to admit I haven’t travelled throughout my country that much.
Marine, I know, there are a lot of places in Serbia I haven’t seen either, but I would definitely like to.