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Dementieva waltzes past Vesnina

June 29, 2009 19:57 IST

Olympic champion Elena Dementieva became the first player to book a place in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon on Monday 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 number 37 Vesnina, whom she has now beaten in all three of their career meetings.

Dementieva cruised through the first 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.

She will play French 26th seed Virginie Razzano or Italy's Francesca Schiavone for a place in the semi-finals.

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