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Russians are here to stay

Updated: September 11, 2004, 11:38 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- For six matches here, Elena Dementieva got away with it.

She played her way into the U.S. Open finals with a lollipop, side-armed serve. Three top-10 players -- Vera Zvonareva, Amelie Mauresmo and Jennifer Capriati -- couldn't take that club-level slicing softie and squash it like a bug on a windshield.

Dementieva answered the criticism after her dramatic semifinal victory over Capriati, saying. "It doesn't bother me," she said. "I keep winning. They can say whatever ...

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