No. 4-seeded Alisa Kleybanova upset No. 1-seeded Elena Dementieva 6-3, 6-2 in the all-Russian final of the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday. It was a career-first WTA title for Kleybanova in her first tour-level final.
“I’ve been working and training hard this past few years and it’s great that I was able to put a great game together today,” said the 20-year-old Kleybanova.
Dementieva drops to a career 16-15 in tour finals, with two titles to her credit already this year at Sydney and the Paris-indoor.
“I want to congratulate Alisa, she played really well today,” Dementieva said. “I know it is difficult to organize a tennis event such as this but I think the organizers have done a great job and I hope that this tournament will continue for many years. I am grateful for the warm welcome here in Malaysia and I thank all the fans for staying and supporting us today and through the week.”
In the doubles final the No. 2-seeded Taipei/Chinese tandem of Chan/Zheng defeated the Rodionova sisters 6-7(4), 6-2, 10-7 for their first title as a pairing.
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