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Russia's Elena Dementieva reached her first Grand Slam final
Elena Dementieva reached her first Grand Slam final with a straight sets win over Argentina's Paola Suarez at the French Open, with over 13 million euros in prize money. The tenth-seeded Dementieva breezed through the first set in just 27 minutes, breaking serve three times as Suarez's game completely fell apart. The second set was a much tighter affair, with the opening six games all going against serve. Dementieva's double fault count quickly shot up to eight before she held for the first time in the set to lead 4-3. Suarez held for 4-4, broke to lead 5-4, but made a complete mess of serving for the set with a wild forehand handed another break back to the Russian. Dementieva then edged ahead with a winning drop shot to go 6-5 ahead. The Argentinian surrendered the match with her eighth double fault.. Dementieva's win means that she is the first Russian to reach the final at Roland Garros, and puts her into an all-Russian final against Anastasia Myskina, who beat Jennifer Capriati of the United States, 6-2, 6-2. Capriati went into the match as the outstanding favourite, having beaten Serena Williams in the quarter-finals. Dementieva will be playing Myskina in the Roland Garros final on June 5.
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