x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Dementieva first into last eight

Olympic champion Elena Dementieva becomes the first player to book a place in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon after crushing fellow Russian Elena Vesnina 6-1, 6-3.

Elena Dementieva has made the quarter-finals stage at SW19 for the second year in a row.
Elena Dementieva has made the quarter-finals stage at SW19 for the second year in a row.

LONDON // Olympic champion Elena Dementieva became the first player to book a place in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon today when she cruised past fellow Russian Elena Vesnina 6-1, 6-3. The fourth seed reached the last eight for the second year in a row at the All England Club after displaying superior shot range and court coverage to world No 37 Vesnina, whom she has now beaten in all three of their career meetings.

Dementieva cruised through the first set in 29 minutes without Vesnina getting close to a break point, and duly polished off the second set when Vesnina sent a backhand volley long after an hour and 10 minutes of play. She will play French 26th seed Virginie Razzano or Italy's Francesca Schiavone for a place in the semi-finals. *Reuters