Dementieva has last laugh

Published on Sep 11, 2004 12:32 PM IST

Dementieva faces Svetlana Kuznetsova in an all-Russian final after eliminating crowd-favourite Jennifer Capriati in the semi-finals.

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PTI | ByGreg Heakes (AFP), New York

Elena Dementieva said a couple of days ago she didn't want an all-Russian final at the US Open, but maybe after the way she was heckled on Friday she might not mind seeing a familiar face.

"They were laughing at my serve, just saying something. It was not easy to play. But I keep winning so they can say whatever they want to say," Dementieva said.

Dementieva faces Svetlana Kuznetsova Saturday in the second all-Russian final in a Grand Slam this year after eliminating crowd-favourite and New York native Jennifer Capriati in the semi-finals at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Friday.

Dementieva will have to improve on her sub-par serve if she is going to beat 19-year-old Kuznetsova in the championship match and pick up the one million-dollar prize money.

Against Capriati she put on an impressive display of groundstroking and covering the court but one of her second serves was clocked at just 86 kph (53 mph).

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