Alisa Kleybanova wins inaugural Malaysian Open for maiden WTA title

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Russia’s Alisa Kleybanova overcame both a rain delay and top-seeded compatriot Elena Dementieva to win her first WTA title at the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur.

The fourth-seeded Kleybanova survived some tough matches prior to the final, but in the title match she dominated one of the best players at the moment and cruised to a 6-3 6-2 victory.

Prior to the clash with heavy-hitting world No.29 Kleybanova, the seventh-ranked Dementieva hadn’t dropped a set in Kuala Lumpur and actually lost only an average of less than two games per set.

Before the 2010 Malaysian Open, Kleybanova’s best career singles results were semifinal finishes at Fès, Toronto and Moscow.


  1. New hope for the Russian tennis. Well, hopefully she’ll be mentally tougher than the current cream of the crop, although Russians are very good players.

  2. Good job Kleybanova in winning your first
    title and hope more come your way!…I
    know this is sweet victory for you losing
    to Justine at the australian open when you
    should have won!

  3. Marija, thank you. It actually made me laugh :-). I don’t know if this happens to other races (than black one) but I often came across such a uproar when I criticise people of my own race. Can’t figure out why, but as I say, it just amuses me.

  4. Marine, I think you gave a perfect answer. To me it makes absolute sense.

    I don’t like discussions on the topic of racism, because some people will always attack you, no matter what you say, and I think it goes without saying that I am not a racist. I am more civilized and open-minded than that, and I like to presume that others are as well.


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