Dementieva leads Russia to title win

Tennis: Fed Cup

September 19, 2005

Elena Dementieva refused to take credit for Russia's Fed Cup victory over France.

Perhaps she should.

The Russians won the title for the second straight year yesterday. Dementieva won both her singles matches in the best-of-five final and teamed with Dinara Safina to capture the deciding doubles for a 3-2 victory. The Russian duo beat Mary Pierce and Amelie Mauresmo, 6-4, 1-6, 6-3.

"It's not Dementieva's victory," Dementieva said. "We win as a team and lose as a team."

In the day's singles matches, Pierce rallied past Anastasia Myskina, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2, to even the series at 2-2. Dementieva defeated Mauresmo in the opener, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.

"She carried the team this weekend," Mauresmo said. "She was so solid."

Dementieva sank to her knees in celebration after Mauresmo hit a forehand long on match point in the doubles finale at Roland Garros. Russia beat two-time champion France, 3-2, in the final last year in Moscow.

"I've been waiting so long for this," Dementieva said. "I'm so happy."

France captain Georges Goven found new respect for the eighth-ranked Russian.

"I knew she was a great athlete," Goven said. "But this time she was exceptional, gave everything she had and fought until the end."

ATP BCR Open -- Unseeded Florent Serra of France defeated Russia's Igor Andreev, 6-3, 6-4, to win in Bucharest, Romania, for his first ATP title.

ATP China Open -- Rafael Nadal beat Guillermo Coria, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2, in Beijing and earned his 10th title this year.

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