Top-seeded Elena Dementieva, continuing her confident run since capturing gold at the 2008 Olympics, won her 12th career title Saturday in the all-Russian final at the ASC Classic in Auckland, sweeping past unseeded Elena Vesnina 6-4, 6-1.
Dementieva was successful even without the constant presence of her mother/coach Vera.
“The crowd’s support was awesome, not just today but all week,” Dementieva said. “It was a pleasure to come here and play this tournament. We all really felt at home here, it was very nice. And for the first time my mom isn’t here with me, so I’m especially happy to take this trophy back home for her.”
Vesnina was competing in her career-first singles title.
“It was a great week for me,” Vesnina said. “I’m really happy my first final happened here in Auckland. It’s a very nice place to be. From the first match, I really fell in love with this city. I’d like to congratulate Elena for her great week — she played really well and deserved this title.”
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