Paris: Anastasia Myskina clinched the French Open title today defeating compatriot Elena Dementieva in the final in straight sets. Myskina became the first Russian woman to win a Grand Slam title thrashing her childhood friend in straight sets 6-1, 6-2. Myskina lost her opening service game but from then on dominated the one-sided match. Dementieva was let down by her serve, delivering 10 double faults. The two 22 year olds have played each other eight times on tour though they say they played each other more than 30 times including the juniors. The two Muscovites have known each other since they were six years old learning the sport in the same city sports club and being coached by the mother of former US Open winner Marat Safin. It was the third year in succession that the same country had supplied both finalists in the women's singles here after the Williams sisters in 2002 and Belgians Justine Henin-Hardenne and Kim Clijsters in 2003.
(With wire inputs)
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