Dementieva beats Russian compatriot Safina for gold

Updated: August 17, 2008, 9:53 AM ET
Associated Press

BEIJING -- Double-faults have long been a problem for Elena Dementieva. In the Olympic final, they were her friend.

Taking advantage of 17 double-faults by fellow Russian Dinara Safina, Dementieva won the singles gold medal in women's tennis Sunday at the Olympics, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3.

Dementieva has been plagued for much of her career by a shaky serve, but it was a frustrated Safina who struggled to put the ball in play. After double-faults she flung her racket, banged it against the concrete ...

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