Re: Will Elena Dementieva ever win a grand slam???
I want to say yes, but it's not likely. If she does win a Slam it'll be at the US Open, which she should have won in '04. I can't help but agree with Gnaag--she played out of her mind in '04 and still couldn't win a Slam. It's the best I've ever seen her play and I've seen little since that shows she can be as versatile and open-minded to change her game-plan when she's down and out as in '04. Something just happened. (Like getting rid of her coach--obviously the reason she accomplished so much in '04.)
She's past her prime, but I still love her. Yet, I can't help but feel many felt she was past her prime in '01 and '02, but she was younger then, so there was still a good chance for her to break out. The window, as Gnaag said, continues to diminish.
She can still break out and win a Slam. It's not impossible. Had she defeated Schruff in Australia, she would have run into Vesnina in the third (probably), and had she beaten her, she would have faced Petrova in the fourth, then Sharapova in the quarterfinal--that's a tough draw. But, if she had a good draw, like she did this year the US Open, and actually beat who she's supposed to beat, she'd be in the semifinals or even final.