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Dementieva Wins Battle of Russians

 

Towering Russian Elena Dementieva has equalled her previous best Australian Open showing, by advancing to the third round care of a 6-4 6-2 victory over compatriot Anastasia Myskina.

Dementieva, the No.12 seed and top-ranked Russian, took one hour, 14 minutes to triumph on Thursday. The Moscow-based player can count a blistering cross court forehand amongst her weapons, and used it well on the Rebound Ace today, continuously catching her opponent offguard.

Dementieva was outshone in the outright winners department - unleashing 14 to Myskina's 16, but more consistent off the baseline. She next meets the winner of the Magui Serna vs Maria Elena Camerin match.

Match Facts

•Neither played served an ace during the match.

•Dementieva hit 14 winners.

•Myskina hit 16 winners.

•Dementieva made 28 unforced errors.

•Myskina made 38 unforced errors.

•Dementieva converted five of 11 break point opportunities.

•Myskina converted nine of 12 break point opportunities.

•The match took one hour, 14 minutes.

•Dementieva is making her fourth appearance at the Australian Open.

•Myskina is making her debut in the Australian Open.