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Dementieva routs Hingis in Tokyo final

Feb. 5, 2006 at 6:09 PM   |   Comments

TOKYO, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Elena Dementieva trounced Martina Hingis, 6-2, 6-0, Sunday to win the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.

Based on how little opposition Hingis offered, it was a major setback for the former World No. 1, who is making a comeback after a three-year hiatus.

It was the fifth career title for Dementieva, who earned $196,900.

Hingis failed in her quest for a fifth career title at Tokyo. The five-time Grand Slam champion last met -- and lost to -- Dementieva in 2002 at Filderstadt.

She had advanced to the title match on Saturday with a surprise 6-3, 6-1, victory over defending champion and top seed Maria Sharapova in the semifinals.

"I've been playing well for the last five or six weeks," Hingis said. "I guess I just faced one Russian too many."

Both Dementieva and Sharapova are from Russia.

Dementieva, 24, was an Olympic silver medalist at Sydney four years ago.

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