Elena Dementieva beat Maria Sharapova in the finals of the Rogers Cup Toronto on Sunday: 6-4, 6-3. It’s her 14th career WTA tour title and her third this year. She took out Ai Sugiyama, Shahar Peer, Sam Stosur, and Serena Williams (in straights!) along the way.
The 27 year-old Russian has enjoyed an accomplished career – including making the finals of the US Open and the French and semifinals appearances at the Australian Open and Wimbledon. She’s won two Olympic Medals – the Gold in Beijing and the Silver in Sydney, and has led her country to Fed Cup glory (she has the best record of any Russian Fed Cupper.)
So when is Elena Dementieva going to win a Major?
Perhaps this Rogers Cup win will help – and not just by boosting her confidence. Recent history shows that the odds of her winning the US Open are very good. Get this: The last three women to win in Toronto – Justine Henin in 2003, Kim Clijsters in 2005 and Henin in 2007 – have gone on to win the US Open. (via the BBC.)
Will Elena continue the Toronto Trend?