Tennis-Radwanska beats Dementieva to win Istanbul Cup

ISTANBUL Sat May 24, 2008 4:23pm BST

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ISTANBUL May 24 (Reuters) - Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska beat defending champion and top seed Elena Dementieva 6-3 6-2 to win the Istanbul Cup on Saturday.

Russian Dementieva started strongly, forcing a nervous-looking Radwanska to commit several errors, but the 19-year-old Polish second seed soon hit her stride after several wide shots from Dementieva.

Dementieva, who is seeded seventh in the French Open which starts on Sunday, looked frustrated as the second set drew to an end, hitting the ball into the net on the final point.

"I was nervous in the beginning and even in my warm up, but I was trying to play my game and I had a good match today," said Radwanska, who reached the Australian Open quarter-finals in January after beating second seed Svetlana Kuznetsova en route.

The winner's cheque of $30,500 allowed Radwanska, the world number 15, to become the first Polish player on the WTA Tour to pass $1 million in career earnings.

(Reporting by Thomas Grove, Editing by Clare Fallon)


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