Russian friends to clash in French Open finals

Russia's Anastasia Myskina and Elena Dementieva are all set to clash in the French Open final on Saturday.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:06 IST
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Paris:Russia's Anastasia Myskina and Elena Dementieva will put their lifelong friendship to one side and go looking for the killer instinct when they clash in the French Open final on Saturday. The 22-year-old Muscovites met in the Russian capital when they were six, played at the same Spartak club, even trained under the same coach and have spent the intervening years building up to this moment as they fight out their first ever Grand Slam final. "We are pretty good friends still, I hope," said Myskina, the older of the two by three months. "I have known her all of my life. We have grown up together. We used to practice with the same coach, Marat Safin's mum Rausa Islanova and then played junior and team tennis together," she added. Sixth seed Myskina reached the final, the first Grand Slam ever to feature two Russians, with a hugely impressive 6-2, 6-2 win over 2001 champion Jennifer Capriati after knocking out Venus Williams in the quarter-finals. Dementieva, the ninth seed, made the final winning a desperately poor semi-final 6-0, 7-5 against Argentina's Paola Suarez but will approach the showdown with a degree of inside knowledge. (PTI)

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