Injured Dementieva still wins
Third seed Elena Dementieva, who collapsed while serving for the match, recovered to defeat Slovenia's Katarina Srebotnik 4-6 7-5 7-5 in the second round of the Stuttgart Grand Prix on Wednesday.
Having broken to lead 5-4 in the deciding set, the Russian fell to the floor due to an injury to her left leg.
After several minutes of treatment and a sympathetic hand on the shoulder from her opponent, Dementieva carried on playing and had her serve broken.
But she dug deep to pound a succession of powerful groundstrokes to break serve again before completing one of the most difficult wins of her career.
The three-hour victory was Dementieva's sixth win in six matches against Srebotnik.
The unseeded Daniela Hantuchova also struggled to overcome Austrian left-hander Sybille Bammer, winning their first-round match 6-3 5-7 6-3 to earn a meeting with Russian Dinara Safina.