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Elena Dementieva wins her 2nd title of 2010.

Top-seeded Elena Dementieva recovered from a set down to beat Lucie Safarova 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-4 in the final of the Open GDF Suez on Sunday.

It was the second victory of the season for the world’s No. 7-ranked player, who won earlier this year in Sydney. Dementieva finished off her 16th professional title in 2 hours, 17 minutes.

“I’m just so happy,” said Dementieva, the 2008 Olympic champion. “It was probably one of the most difficult wins in my life.”

The 28-year-old Dementieva, who played three consecutive three set matches in Paris, said her pugnacity allowed her to win the title.

“In a match, there is no time to think negative,” she said. “You have to fight.”

The 46th-ranked Safarova, who played with her right thigh strapped, immediately broke her Russian rival and led 3-0. Dementieva recovered to even the set 3-3 and eventually went to a tiebreaker, where Safarova converted her second set point with a forehand winner down the line.

Dementieva, who lost to Amelie Mauresmo in last year’s final, broke in the second game of the second set when Safarova sent a forehand into the net. Dementieva extended her lead to 5-1 when the Czech player missed a forehand after sprinting to the net to retrieve a drop shot and closed out the set on her next service game.

In the final set, Dementieva made the decisive break in the seventh game and clinched victory on her fourth match point when Safarova buried a backhand in the net.


Petra Martic upsets 3rd seed Wickmayer.

Croatian wild card Petra Martic upset third-seeded Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 Wednesday in the first round at the Open GDF Suez.

Martic broke twice and dropped serve once. She will now play Hungary’s Agnes Szavay. Wickmayer served 12 aces.

The 19 year old Martic, who possesses one of the best serves among the Women on tour, was surprisingly the equal of Wickmayer from the baseline matching the much higher ranked Belgian stroke for stroke from both sides.

Despite being taped for an upper leg strain she continued to retrive everything that Wickmayer threw at her, and was rewarded with the victory.


Oudin on a winning streak in France.

The French courts seem to have a good effect on Melanie Oudin up to now. Qualified for the Fed Cup this weekend against France, the young American didn’t waste any time on details with Pauline Parmentier and Julie Coin in Liévin. But for this first round, the surprising quarterfinalist in the last US Open wasn’t playing a Frenchwoman, but a Romanian from Team GDF SUEZ. Respectively ranked 39th and 54th in the world, Sorana Cirstea and Melanie Oudin made a rather convincing and balanced first encounter. Each one stuck with her own serve and was aggressive at the back of the court and at the net. It was a shame that these exchanges ended in opponent faults instead of winning shots. The American feels right at home with this kind of game. After losing her serve in the preceding set, she sets the counters back with a crude fault from Cirstea at the net (3-3). Oudin follows with three consecutive sets against a destabilized Romanian after only three matches in 2010. The first set went to the American (6-3, 37 minutes).

Sorana Cirstea continued to take risks in the second set. The public loved it, but her efforts don’t always pay off. Oudin stole the serve early (2-0) before laying on a second attack with a double break and a love game. (4-0, 45th minute). The Romanian has just let go 7 consecutive games. An the ordeal isn’t over. An impeccable serve, (5 aces and 70% success on her first serve), Oudin doesn’t miss a chance and buries the Romanian a little more. At 4-0 for the American, Sorana Cirstea has a chance to win her first service game in this second set. She doubly misses her chance and leaves the door open for Oudin to widen the gap. The American only gets one 5-0 ball in her racket but she doesn’t miss it. The Romanian is exhausted. She folds in two sets 6-3, 6-0 after undergoing nine games in a row at the hands of young Melanie Oudin who is really in great shape on the French courts.


Serena is out of the GDF Suez in Paris.

Serena Williams has withdrawn from next week’s Paris Indoor Open due to a leg injury, organisers confirmed on Saturday.

The world number one has been struggling with the injury since she picked it up on her way to victory in the Australian Open last month.

Williams won the tournament in Melbourne for a fifth time with her victory over Justine Henin in the final on January 30.

The American has lifted the Paris trophy twice in five appearances, winning both titles against France’s Amelie Mauresmo in 1999 and 2003.

Mauresmo, herself a former world number one, won last year’s tournament but has since retired from competition.

Russia’s Elena Dementieva is the now the top player in the tournament, starting on Monday.


Mauresmo to be honoured at GDF SUEZ.

Although she is retired, Amélie Mauresmo is sure to remain the most popular player in France. After winning the title in 2009 over Elena Dementieva to cap off a brilliant tournament, Amélie will return to Coubertin for the first time… as a fan.

Her return will be emotional: “The stadium set-up is extraordinary. At the Open GDF SUEZ, fans are really close to the court and the players,” said Mauresmo who retired in early December. “So close that it can feel like they’re playing the match with us. It’s amazing to feel the fans urging you on. That’s how it always was for me. That support made a big difference. At different times throughout my career, whether or not I was in the best shape at the start of the tournament, I always felt at home at Coubertin. It’s as if the tournament was made for me. Fans gave me energy, incredible love. That’s why I was able to give them some great matches. At Coubertin, I just gave back the love fans gave me.”

There is an unbreakable bond between Amélie Mauresmo and the Open GDF SUEZ. It was only natural for the former world number 1 to choose this tournament as the site for her farewell to fans. Fans, tournament sponsor GDF SUEZ, and tournament organizers will pay tribute to her on Wednesday, February 10 at 7:30 p.m. after the sixth match of the day. She will then hold an autograph signing. She’ll be everywhere that day! She doesn’t know how she will react exactly but said, “Coming to the Open GDF SUEZ and stepping onto a court where I lived so many great moments and not playing will feel strange! I have no idea how I will react and I don’t know what’s in store for me either. Obviously, I’ll have a different relationship to fans. They’re not coming to support me but to say goodbye. I’m sure it’ll be another moment of strong emotions and sharing. It’ll be powerful and unforgettable.” As a symbol that a page has been turned, Amélie will also be there on Sunday, February 14. Not to lift the trophy but to present it to the 2010 champion.

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