They say revenge is a dish best served cold. I'm not sure what Elena Dementieva would say about that. Saturday's semi final saw her usher a lackluster Serena Williams to the exit door bringing about an all Russian final between herself and Maria Sharapova who had outlasted another Russian, Alisa Kleybanova to make the final. I could go on and on about the commentators constantly talking about how tired Maria was, of course she was tired after playing the night match but it would have been nice for them to focus some attention on Elena. I got on the Elena bandwagon early in the year but she seemed to lose her way. Time will tell if she is back on track.
Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, left, and Nuria Llagostera Vives celebrate victory. They defeated the team of Samantha Stosur and Rennae Stubbs 2-6, 7-5, 11-9.
In Cincinnati the dominant men's doubles team of Nenad Zimonjic and Daniel Nestor again hoisted trophies in celebration of yet another victory, this time over the American team of Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan 3-6, 7-6(2), 15-13.
Roger Federer faced minimal opposition as he won the singles title in Cincinnati in straight sets over Novak Djokovic 6-4 and 7-5. Djokovic, who played the night semi final match never seemed to wake up. As you know I'm not a fan of either man but it would've been nice to see a competitive final.
Both tours will be in New Haven this week. Qualifying for the US Open also begins this week. The Main Draw takes place on Thursday August 27.