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Dementieva wins Auckland Classic

January 10, 2009 11:09 IST

Olympic champion Elena Dementieva eased to a 6-4, 6-1 victory over fellow-Russian Elena Vesnina to capture the Auckland Classic title on Saturday.

Dementieva, 27, wrapped up the victory in 88 minutes and completed the tournament without dropping a set.

"I played some good tennis, especially in the semi-final and final. It's been a great beginning of the year," she told a news conference.

The win was world number four Dementieva's 12th title of her career and fourth in the last 12 months, highlighted by winning the gold medal at the Beijing Olympics in August.

The unseeded Vesnina, 22, was playing in her first WTA final after teaming up with Dementieva in the doubles.

"Maybe I was bit tired," she said.

"It was long week for me, a lot of long matches. Maybe I was a bit nervous today."

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