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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Dementyeva Takes L.A. Open Title

APDementyeva reveling in her win over Jankovic in the final in L.A. on Sunday.
CARSON, California -- Third seed Yelena Dementyeva overcame her own nerves and Jelena Jankovic's gambling style for a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 victory in the Los Angeles Open on Sunday, but compatriot Anastasiya Myskina lost to Zheng Jie in the Stockholm Open final.

"I'm working every day for these moments. I hope this momentum keeps going forever," 25-year-old Dementyeva told reporters after clinching her maiden title on U.S. hardcourts.

The 21-year-old Jankovic, who upset seven-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams in the semifinals, briefly turned the match around after losing the opening set.

She used her powerful backhand to great effect to help take the second set but she grew tired early in the third and took a medical timeout at 3-0 down for heat sickness.

After falling behind 5-0, Jankovic fought back gamely to 5-4, frequently rushing the net and knocking off volley winners.

Dementyeva's nerves were apparent when she was broken at 5-4 after squandering two match points. But Dementyeva finally shut Jankovic down when she broke the Serbian in the final game and won the 2 1/2-hour match with a forehand crosscourt winner, celebrating her second title of the year with a leap into the air.

"She's very unpredictable," Dementyeva said, who upset top seed Maria Sharapova in the semis. "

"Sometimes she just goes for winners. But I was a very consistent. We were both tired, but when you play for the title, you only feel fatigue after the match. For me to get another title really means a lot."

Jankovic admitted she wilted in the conditions and it was her serve that struggled the most.

"I wanted to come back, so I didn't give up," she said. "I told myself to fight every point, even when I felt tired and dizzy. I knew I could break her, but the problem was holding my serve."

Dementyeva, a finalist at the 2004 French and U.S. Opens, believes her time may be coming soon in the Grand Slams and is eager for another successful run in New York in two weeks' time.

"I feel like its just starting for me. I feel like I'm just getting to my best game," she said.

"I just need one more step. I'm young enough and I can make it in the future. It's just taken me a little longer."

Chinese third seed Zheng Jie upset world No. 11 Myskina 6-4, 6-1 in the final of the Stockholm Open on Sunday to claim her third career title.

In a match delayed by rain and eventually moved inside, third seed Zheng, the world No. 35, won a tight first set on the back of well-placed ground strokes and several unforced errors by 2004 French Open champion Myskina.

Doubles specialist Zheng raced away with the second set against Myskina, who also lost in the Stockholm final last year.