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Monday March 01, 2010


Alisa Kleybanova wins her first Final at the Malaysian Open 2010 over Elena Dementieva


For the 23rd time in Sony Ericsson WTA Tour history, two Russians play for a singles title. The 2009 season included 6 all-Russian finals. This will be the 11th all-Russian final that Elena Dementieva has been involved, going 6-5 in her first 11; while this marks the first all-Russian final Alisa Kleybanova has been involved.



First meeting

Quick Facts

- Alisa Kleybanova is making her first Tour singles final appearance. Her best previous singles results were 3 semifinal finishes in 2009 (Fes, Toronto, Moscow). Kleybanova has won 3 Tour doubles titles – 2009 Fes (w/Makarova), 2009 Budapest (w/Niculescu) and 2009 Tokyo (w/Schiavone).

- Kleybanova has 5 career wins against Top 10 opponents: No.5 Ivanovic (2009 Australian Open), No.3 V.Williams (2009 Madrid), No.4 Jankovic (2009 Toronto), No.7 Zvonareva (2009 Tokyo) and No.9 Jankovic (2009 Moscow).

- Dementieva is bidding for her third singles title of 2010 in her fifth event of the year after winning at Sydney (d. S.Williams in final) and Paris [Indoors] (d. Safarova in final).

- Dementieva has lost only 2 matches this year at Australian Open (l. to Henin in 2r) and Dubai (l. to Hantuchova in opening match due to retirement, shoulder injury).

- Dementieva has a 16-14 record in Tour finals and has won 7 of her last 8, dating back to her gold medal victory at the Beijing Olympics. Since then, her only finals loss was against Amelie Mauresmo at 2009 Paris [Indoors].

- This marks the 23rd Sony Ericsson WTA Tour singles final between two Russian players.

At 1-1 rain delay occurs but we get back to play it seams to have messed with elena's rhytm. Alisa was able to break Elena's serve Now 2-4 and 5-1 winners for Alisa. Elena breaks Alisa's serve 3-4. Oddly enought Alisa breaks to love, 3-5. Well Alisa came here today on fire and vey detemined, she has a 83% fist seve in and that allows he to take the fist set 6-3.

Elena seving fist in the second had game fought with 2 beaks points elena hits the ball into the netg and gives the fist game to Alisa, 0-1. 0-4.1-4.2-5. and Alisa wins the set and the match 6-3, 6-2.


About Elena

Elena is making her tournament debut in Kuala Lumpur’s inaugural year


Winner (2): Sydney, Paris [Indoors]

- Won 15th Tour singles title at Sydney (as No.5 seed, d. No.1 seed S.Williams in the final, her 3rd victory over a reigning world No.1). For 2nd year running had 2 victories over Top 3 players at Sydney (also d. No.2 Safina in QF)

- Collected 16th Tour singles title at Paris [Indoors] (as No.1 seed, d. Safarova in F; first title in 9 appearances there)

- Fell 2r at Australian Open (as No.5 seed, l. WC and eventual runner-up Henin)

- Retired in opening round match at Dubai (shoulder injury, l. to Hantuchova)


Winner (16): including 2 in 2010: Sydney and Paris [Indoors]; Runner-Up (14) (incl. 2 Grand Slams), most recently 2009 Paris [Indoors]; 6 doubles titles

- Winner of 16 Tour titles and has won at least 2 each year for the last 5 years (2006-10); won first 2 tournaments of 2009, going on to a 15-match winning streak (lost SF at Australian Open) and 2 of first 3 in 2010

- Two-time Grand Slam runner-up at 2004 Roland Garros and US Open

- Has 28 wins over Top 5 ranked opponents, most recently vs No.1 S.Williams at 2010 Sydney; this was also her 3rd over a reigning No.1 (also 2001 Moscow QF vs. Hingis and 2005 US Open QF vs. Davenport); had 3 wins over Top 3 ranked opponents in 2009, No.2 S.Williams (SF at Sydney), No.3 Safina (F at Sydney) and No.2 S.Williams (SF at Toronto)

- Has qualified for season-ending Championships in 9 of the last 10 years but has only advanced twice, falling in the SF in 2000 and 2008

- Has been Top 5 in both singles (career-high No.3 in April 2009) and doubles (career-high No.5 in April 2003)

- Member of Russian Fed Cup Team in 1999, 2001-03, 2005 (undefeated in final vs. France, winning both singles rubbers and doubles rubber) 2006 and 2009; Russian Olympic Team, 2000 (silver medal), 2004, 2008 (gold medal)


- 2010 Australian Open was 45th consecutive career Grand Slam; this is the leading ongoing streak of Grand Slam appearances for women

- By reaching 2009 Australian Open SF, completed a set of Grand Slam semifinal appearances.

- One of 5 active players with more than 100 career victories in the main draw of Grand Slam events along with V.Williams, S.Williams, Henin and Clijsters

- Best Grand Slam results were two runner-up finishes in 2004 at Roland Garros and 2004 US Open; has also reached SF 6 times and quarterfinals 3 times; held mp at 5-4 in 3s vs. S.Williams at 2009 Wimbledon SF

- 2r exits at 2009 US Open and 2010 Australian Open are earliest exits since 1r loss at 2006 Australian Open

- Doubles runner-up – 2002 (w/Husarova) and 2005 US Open (w/Pennetta)


- Coached by mother Vera. Hitting partner is Andrei Karatchenia

- Father, Viatcheslav, is an electrical engineer; mother, Vera, was a school teacher but is now her coach; has one older brother, Vsevolod; entire family plays tennis

- Official website is eng.dementieva.ru

- Won Tour’s Most Improved Player of the Year Award for 2000; also Russia’s 2001 Female of the Year Award; and Tour’s Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award for 2008 (presented at Miami in 2009)

About Alisa

Alisa is making her tournament debut in Kuala Lumpur’s inaugural year

2010 HIGHLIGHTS: QF (1):

- Reached 3r at Australian Open (as No.27 seed, l. WC and eventual finalist Henin)

- Fell 2r at Paris [Indoors] (l. to No.2 seed Pennetta)

- 1r at Brisbane (l. Pavlyuchenkova in 3s), Sydney (l. No.3 seed Kuznetsova in 3s) and Dubai (l. to Groenefeld in 3s)


Advanced to semifinal at a Tour event for the first time at 2009 Fes, repeating the feat at 2009 Toronto and Moscow

- Reached first career Grand Slam 4r at 2008 Wimbledon (d. No.10 seed Hantuchova en route; l. No.7 seed and eventual champion V.Williams); matched that performance at 2009 Australian Open

- Made Sony Ericsson WTA Tour debut at 2004 Indian Wells, reaching 2r (as WC, d. Kostanic Tosic in 1r before falling to No.10 seed Smashnova)

- Has 4 career wins against Top 10 opponents: No.5 Ivanovic (2009 Australian Open), No.3 V.Williams (2009 Madrid), No.4 Jankovic (2009 Toronto) and No.7 Zvonareva (2009 Tokyo)

- Holds 10 singles and 12 doubles titles on ITF Women’s Circuit

- Russian Fed Cup team 2009-10


Played her 9th consecutive Grand Slam singles main draw at 2010 Australian Open

- Best results have been 4r at 2008 Wimbledon (l. V.Williams) and 2009 Australian Open (l. WC Dokic 8-6 final set)

- Has lost in 1r twice (2009 Roland Garros and US Open)

- Reached doubles semifinal at 2009 US Open (w/Makarova)


? Coached by Julian Vespan

- Began playing tennis at age 4; was coached by mother for first 9 years

- Mother, Natalia Levina, is a biologist (not working currently); father, Mikhail Kleybanov, used to work for Institute of Steel and Alloys and now works for a chemical company; grandmother, Zhanna Kleybanova, stays at home and takes care of everyone

- Likes all surfaces but favorite is grass; favorite shots are serve, backhand

- Favorite city is Moscow; favorite tournament is Australian Open




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