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Anastasia Myskina and Nikolai Davydenko claimed their respective singles crowns at the Kremlin Cup
Russian tennis players have taken all the titles at the Kremlin Cup for the first time since the tournament began in 1990. Anastasia Myskina and Nikolai Davydenko claimed their respective singles crowns, while they teamed up with Vera Zvonaryova and Igor Andreyev to win the doubles competitions. Accordingly, the lion's share of the $2.3 million prize fund went to Russian players. It was particularly pleasing to see Davydenko repeat Yevgeny Kafelnikov's 2001 triumph. Davydenko admitted that his toughest match had not been the final against Greg Rusedski, but his semifinal with his Russian teammate Mikhail Yuzhny. With seven players in the men's draw, Russia was better represented than it had been for years and although Marat Safin and Igor Adreyev did not fare so well, the young Igor Kunitsin gave the home fans something else to cheer about by reaching the quarterfinals. The Russian public expected the ladies to continue this season's winning streak, which, apart from numerous WTA titles, has seen Anastasia Myskina crowned French Open champion, Maria Sharapova win Wimbledon and Svetlana Kuznetsova take the US Open title. Russia currently has ten players in the WTA top twenty, with Myskina, Kuznetsova, Sharapova and Yelena Dementieva in the top ten. With the exception of Sharapova, they all played in Moscow and showed the crowds why they were champions. Indeed, 11 Russians appeared in the ladies' draw. Four of them - Dementieva, Myskina, Zvonaryova and Yelena Bobina - reached the semifinals, thereby transforming the two matches into an internal drama. The Myskina-Dementieva final was a re-run of their encounter in the last match at Roland Garros. And the result was the same on the Moscow plastic as it had been on the Parisian clay. Myskina won and once again re-affirmed her status as the Russian No.1. Shamil Tarpishchev, the chairman of the Kremlin Cup board of directors, president of the Russian Tennis Federation and captain of the Russian team, was particularly pleased with the results in the women's tournament. From November 24 to 28, Moscow will host the final tournament of the Federation Cup, where the Russian team is set to take on Austria, France and Spain.
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