Dementieva wins Pan Pacific Open
The Russian chalked up a 6-2, 6-0 win over the Swiss former world number one to post her biggest career title.india Updated: Feb 06, 2006 13:53 IST
Elena Dementieva dashed any hopes of a comeback victory for Martina Hingis by beating the four-times champion to win the singles title at the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament on Sunday.
The Russian second seed, playing her first final in five appearances, chalked up a 6-2, 6-0 win over the Swiss former world number one to post her biggest career title.
"I feel extremely happy. I didn't expect to beat Martina. She's always been my favourite player and after this even more. This is my fifth time in Tokyo and I was trying so hard and I'm very, very happy to finally win this tournament," said Dementieva.
"I never had a 6-0 in the final, only against me, so this is the first time actually I had such a score, but it was a very good game and the score doesn't tell the whole story."
"I was trying to play aggressively, trying to play my game. I had a feeling like I had nothing to lose. I didn't feel any pressure before the match. I just played aggressively and solidly today," added Dementieva.
Neither could hold her serve in the first three games with Dementieva breaking the first and third games. The Russian hit a couple of good returns to pull off another break in the seventh before serving out for the set.
Hingis, who never faced a single break point in beating defending champion Maria Sharapova in the semi-finals, hit two double faults before losing the first game of the second set, and never recovered from the deficit.
Dementieva saved three break points in the following game and then her fine service return and a Swiss double fault gave another chance to the Russian, whose deep return gave her a 3-0 lead.
Dementieva was never really in danger afterwards, comfortably scoring another break in the fifth game to finish off a struggling Hingis with a forehand winner on her first match point.
It was Dementieva's first victory since winning at Hasselt in 2004 and a fifth overall, also winning in Amelia Island, Bali and Shanghai in 2003.
With the victory, which brought her the 196,900-dollar first prize, Dementieva managed to stop Hingis from making a record fifth victory following triumphs in 1997, 1999, 2000 and 2002.
The 24-year-old Sydney Olympic silver medallist, ranked ninth in the world, also took the lead in her win-loss record against Hingis at three wins against two defeats.
Dementieva, a first-round loser at the Australian Open, defeated Nicole Vaidisova of the Czech Republic and fellow Russian Anastasia Myskina on her way to the final.
Hingis, 25, once retired due to foot, heel and ankle injuries in 2002, but received a wild card for the Tokyo indoor event after making a comeback this season.
The 25-year-old Swiss Miss reached the semi-finals in her re-debut at Gold Coast and the quarter-finals at the Australian Open before winning the mixed doubles title with Mahesh Bhupathi in Melbourne.
Hingis, ranked 117th this week, is expected to rise to approximately 52nd in the new rankings to be announced Monday, according to the WTA.
First Published: Feb 05, 2006 12:12 IST