In the first set of the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships, it looked for all the world like Svetlana Kuznetsova had her confidence back in a big match. She played superbly against Jelena Jankovic in the semifinals, and this looked like it might be another exciting, well-played match. But after the first set, the old Kuznetsova made an appearance--the one who gets tight when things are going wrong and just hits and hits and hits, without regard for accuracy or patience. It was not hard for Dementieva to capitalize on her opponent's weaknesses.
Dementieva def. Kuznetsova, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 (and check out the trophy!)
Cara Black and Liezel Huber won the doubles title, defeating Yan Zi and Zheng Jie, 7-5, 6-2.