Dementieva, Kirilenko in a class of their own

SHAH ALAM: Russians Elena Dementieva and Maria Kirilenko, representing Europe in the Showdown of Champions, were in a class of their own when they completed a 3-0 victory over Asia’s Sania Mirza and Zheng Jie at Malawati Stadium here yesterday.

After winning the doubles match on Sunday, Kirilenko made it 2-0 when she beat China’s Zheng Jie 6-3, 4-6, 6- 4 to give Europe an unassailable 2-0 lead before Dementieva came on court to put the icing on the cake with a 6-4, 7-6 (7-0) victory over Mirza.

Despite being an exhibition match, the Russians, especially Dementieva was in no mode for charity as she continued to pound her opponent Mirza despite having already clinched the overall victory.

The Showdown of Champions was the third organised in the country with the first two featuring current world number one Roger Federer, world number two Rafael Nadal, former world number one Pete Sampras plus tennis legends John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg. — Bernama

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