News: She faltered briefly leading 4-2, losing serve on a double fault. But Dementieva missed a forehand to fall behind 5-3 and then netted a backhand volley on match point.
Near the end, Pierce repeatedly grimaced and rotated her right shoulder.
'It was killing me,' she said. 'My shoulder was getting really, really tight and I was having trouble serving. I don't think it's anything serious.'
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Dementieva fell to 1-9 in the championships since 2000, when she was a semifinalist in her debut. She played five straight weeks in attempting to qualify for the tournament.
'I don't feel fresh enough to play my best here, which is very disappointing,' she said.
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