DOHA, Qatar - She fought alongside the biggest names on the WTA for over a decade, right until the end too. And following her last match of the WTA Championships - Doha 2010, Elena Dementieva called it a career.
After Anna Kournikova's stint at the top level in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Dementieva was the first of the current wave of Russians to make a mark, cracking the Top 20 on September 11, 2000 after a shock run to her first Grand Slam semifinal at the US Open. She stayed in that elite for 524 of the next 529 weeks, including this week, and she spent an amazing 328 career weeks inside the Top 10 (peaking at No.3 for five weeks in the spring of 2009).
Stosur had all the momentum coming into the match, winning their most recent encounter at the US Open and going 4-0 in sets so far this week in their round robin group (including a 64 63 win over Caroline Wozniacki the day before); but Dementieva was all business after the first set and on a revenge mission.
Stosur, the No.5 seed, had a slow start to the match, falling behind 4-0, winning three points in those four games; but she rebounded in a big way against the No.4-seeded Schiavone, breaking at love in the fifth game and winning six in a row to take the first set. The two stayed on serve until 4-all in the second set, when Stosur broke again then served out the straight set victory.