Elena Dementieva beat Maria Sharapova 6-4, 6-3 for her 14th singles title on Sunday at the Rogers Cup in Toronto.
The straight-setter in the final came after Dementieva did likewise to Serena Williams in the semifinals.
“I just feel I played a huge day,” Dementieva said. “I was fighting for every point, so many long rallies. It was not the way I like to play — it was a more defensive game today — but against her, it’s very hard to be aggressive because she puts a lot of pressure on the first two shots, so you need to work on defense before you have your chances to go for your shots.”
Dementieva rose to 3-1 in tour finals this year.
Sharapova came into the final unseeded, upsetting No.10 seed Nadia Petrova, No.7 seed Vera Zvonareva and No.14 seed Agnieszka Radwanska.
“Elena is a grinder and gets a lot of balls back, so the most important thing against her is execution. I just wasn’t able to do that,” said Sharapova, who had 48 unforced errors. “I wasn’t as fresh as I was in the first round, but it was the final, and you can’t really think about it. It was a really great week for me, though. Playing six matches was great leading up to the US Open. This was really good preparation.”
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