Sharapova Rolls Dementieva for Indian Wells Title

Posted on March 19, 2006

Elena Dementieva's weak serve again proved her undoing as Russian countrywoman Maria Sharapova won the battle of the blondes 6-1, 6-2 Saturday in the final at the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells.

Dementieva jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second set before Sharapova rolled off six unanswered games to lift the trophy.

It was the first title of the year for Sharapova, and dropped Dementieva to 5-11 in career finals.

"I was having a really tough end of the year last year," said Sharapova on ending her frustration in capturing her first title of the year. "Not a lot of people know about it, but it was very frustrating because tournament after tournament I'd be working hard, I'd be trying to get back in shape, playing tennis, and all of a sudden my injury would kind of bring me down again. It was really tough."

Dementieva said her opponent adjusted better to the blustery conditions.

"I think it was very difficult to play today. I think Maria, she was able to handle the situation and play with the wind better today," Dementieva said.

The women's doubles final Sunday will be (1) Raymond/Stosur vs. (3) Ruano Pascual/Shaughnessy.