Elena Dementieva marched into the final of the French Open today, defeating Argentine Paula Suarez.
updated: February 25, 2007 10:06 IST
Paris:Ninth seed Elena Dementieva became the first Russian woman to reach the final of the French Open in 16 years when she brushed aside Argentina's 14th seed Paola Suarez 6-0, 7-5 in the semi-final here today. The 1hr 24min victory set up the prospect of an all-Russian final with compatriot Anastasia Myskina, the sixth seed, facing America's 2001 champion Jennifer Capriati, the seventh seed, in the second semi-final later today. In the 107-year history of Roland Garros there has never been a Russian winner in the women's singles with only two of the country's players making it to the final before this year. Olga Morozova lost to Chris Evert in 1974 while Natasha Zvereva was humiliated 6-0, 6-0 by Steffi Graf in 1988. Defeat for Suarez, best known for her world number one doubles partnership with Virginia Ruano Pascual, also put a dampener on Argentina's efforts at these championships which have seen three of their players make the semi-finals of the men's singles. The 22-year-old, ninth-seeded Dementieva, playing in her second Grand Slam semi-final after making the last four of the US Open in 2000, had knocked out home favourite Amelie Mauresmo in the quarter-finals and she was soon on top today. She breezed through the first set in just 27 minutes breaking serve three times as Suarez's game completely fell apart. (PTI)