Elena Dementieva wins Olympic gold, Russians take all medals

Elena Dementieva wins Olympic gold, Russians take all medalsElena Dementieva is the singles gold medalist at the Beijing Olympics, having defeated fellow Russian Dinara Safina 3-6 7-5 6-3.

What an achievement for Russian tennis, all the three medals were taken by Russian players with Dementieva winning the gold, Safina silver and Zvonareva bronze with a victory 6-0 7-5 over China’s Li Na.

Dementieva took advantage of 17 double-fault committed by Safina, plus, the eventual champion Dementieva hit twice as many winners, 26 to 13.

“I never expected a medal — gold, silver or bronze,” said Dementieva. “It’s unbelievable. For me this is the best moment in my career. I’ll never forget it.”

The 26-year-old Dementieva won the silver medal in Sydney in 2000. (source: ESPN, photo via Tennis Info Blog)

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