Myskina edges Mauresmo in Moscow

Myskina edges Mauresmo in Moscow
By Reuters

05/10/2003 at 09:30Updated

Russia's Anastasia Myskina took home the Krelmin Cup in front of her home crowd in Moscow with a staggering 6-2 6-4 win over second seed Amelie Mauresmo on Sunday. It was Myskina's second consecutive tournament victory after last week's win at the Leipz

In what looked like a one-sided contest, the 22-year-old Muscovite -- seeded fourth here -- secured a memorable victory on her second match-point when Mauresmo's forehand landed wide.

"I just made too many mistakes," said the 24-year-old Frenchwoman, who committed 37 unforced effors and conceded five double faults in a 70-minute match.

"I don't think Anastasia played that great today, it was me who should have played much better," she added.

"I tried to play aggressive as I had been doing the whole week, but today I was making mistakes and you can't expect to win a match with so many errors."

After taking the opening set in 32 minutes, Myskina, who only conceded nine games in her three previous matches here, raced to a 5-2 lead in the second.


Despite losing the final, Mauresmo moved up to number six in the world, knocking American Venus Williams down to seventh place.

Myskina, who ran to the VIP box to receive a big hug from former Russian President Boris Yeltsin after clinching her fifth career title, also moved up one spot in the WTA rankings, from 10th to ninth, ahead of another American Chanda Rubin.

"I agree with Amelie that I didn't play a super match today, but I was aggressive and dictated the points," said Myskina, who collected a $189,000 first prize.

"I think she didn't expect me to play very fast and run all over the court, chasing her shots. I think that was the key today."

With 16-year-old Maria Sharapova claiming her maiden title at the Japan Open in Tokyo earlier in the day, Myskina's victory also prolonged a winning streak by Russian women, who had won all five tournaments on the WTA calendar since the U.S. Open in early August.