x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Dementieva routs Kulikova

Fourth seed Elena Dementieva routed fellow Russian Regina Kulikova 6-1, 6-2 to reach the fourth-round at the All England Tennis Club.

LONDON // Fourth seed Elena Dementieva routed fellow Russian Regina Kulikova 6-1, 6-2 to reach the fourth-round at the All England Tennis Club. The 27-year-old Dementieva needed just 59 minutes to dispatch Kulikova on Court One today, battering the qualifier with heavy winners from both sides. The 191st-ranked Kulikova made her grand slam main draw debut at Wimbledon at this year's event and beat Karolina Sprem and 27th-seeded Alisa Kleybanova in the previous rounds.

But Dementieva was too strong, quickly taking a 5-0 lead in the first set and breaking twice in the second set.