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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russians Score Kremlin Cup Double

APRussia's Nikolai Davydenko returning a shot to Paul-Henri Mathieu of France during the Kremlin Cup final Sunday. Davydenko won the match 7-5, 7-6.
MOSCOW -- Nikolai Davydenko beat Paul-Henri Mathieu 7-5, 7-6 to win his second straight Kremlin Cup title Sunday, and Yelena Dementyeva came from a set down to upset fourth-seeded Serena Williams for the women's crown.

Dementyeva won 5-7, 6-1, 6-1, to capture her hometown tournament for the first time, appearing in her 11th Kremlin Cup and her third final.

It was the first title this season for the fourth-ranked Davydenko, the top seed who also won here in 2004.

Davydenko broke the fourth-seeded Mathieu in the fifth game of the first set. But the Frenchman, who won here in 2002, leveled at 4-4 before the Russian got a decisive break with a smash in the 11th game.

A break down in the second set, Mathieu saved two match points before making it 5-5. Davydenko then saved two set points in the 12th game to force a tiebreaker, and closed the match on his fourth match point with a backhand down the line.

In the women's final, an erratic Williams fired seven aces but also made 59 unforced errors.

The American won three consecutive games in the first set, before the Russian broke back to level 4-4. Williams broke Dementyeva to love in the 12th game to go one set up.

Dementyeva, runner-up in 2001 and 2004, won four straight games to take the second set 6-1. Williams broke in the third set, but then lost six consecutive games, and the match.

"I made a lot of errors ... it was so frustrating." Williams said. "She played really unbelievable ... She should try to play like that more often."

Dementyeva said she was helped by playing in Moscow. "It's an incredible feeling when you win at home," she said. "I knew that if I did not beat Serena today, it would never happen again. I just stepped on the court and played my tennis."

It was the eighth career title for the 14th-ranked Dementyeva, who had not beaten Williams in four previous matches.

Williams, ranked seventh, had not dropped a set on the way to her third final this season. She was playing in Moscow for the first time in a decade. In 1997, aged 16 and ranked 448, Williams qualified and lost in the first round.