World No.3 Dinara Safina has battled sweltering temperatures and a determined Ai Sugiyama to secure a spot in the final of the Medibank International Sydney today.
The Russian took one and three-quarter hours to dispose of the 33-year-old from Japan in straight sets 6-4 7-6(3) as temperatures at Sydney’s Olympic Park soared above 40 degrees on Thursday.
Russian Elena Dementieva stretched her winning streak to nine matches with a dominant straight sets victory over a subdued Serena Williams to reach the final of the Medibank International Sydney on Thursday.
The world number four pounded away the winners, only dropped her serve once, and gave the tournament top seed no way out in reeling off a 6-3, 6-1 win in 68 minutes.
Su-Wei Hsieh / Shuai Peng (TAI) w Nuria Llagostera Vives / Maria Jose Martinez (SPA) 6-2 6-1
011509 thurdays / info-photo via Medibank International Sydney