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Elena Dementieva, a "REAL" Wimbledon Lady

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She won a silver medal in singles at the Sydney Olympics, was a protagonist in the first all-Russian Grand Slam final at Roland Garros in 2004, also finished runner-up at the US Open that year, and has been in or around the top 10 for most of the decade. But you won’t find first-time Wimbledon semi-finalist Elena Dementieva making diva demands about court allocations or the lack of umbrellas courtside on sunny days.
The hard-working 26-year-old, one of the quiet achievers of the women’s tennis circuit, is more likely to comment on how unexpectedly wonderful the weather has been during these Championships – and is mature enough to appreciate just how fortunate she is to be a top-flight player.
“I don’t count how many years I’ve been playing,” Dementieva said after surviving a second-set meltdown against Nadia Petrova in the quarter-finals on Tuesday. “It’s every time like a first time.”
For the record, this is Dementieva’s tenth year on the Tour, but with her elegant groundstrokes and straight-backed carriage, the Russian is a throwback to a more genteel tennis era. It’s easy to picture her in sepia newsreels against Helen Wills Moody and the like.
Indeed, if Wimbledon is unusual in its persistent reference to ‘ladies’, Dementieva surely fits the bill. All sinewy muscle and practical sun visor on court, she arrives at her press conferences immaculately groomed. If she had been able to convert one of those major finals to a victory, she might easily have followed the Sharapova path to multimedia stardom.
But that probably wouldn’t have been her style anyway.
Still coached by her mother, Vera, Dementieva is also refreshingly open about her foibles, which include a notorious second serve – at times against Petrova it rolled in at a mere 70 mph – and a tendency to make heavy weather of matches that should have been won with ease. The serve remains a work in progress, she freely admits, and the Russian has learned to embrace her nerves.
“I don’t want to go on the court and feel like I don’t care. I really think while you’re on the court there is no time for being upset or disappointed or negative because, I mean, you’ll do it in the locker room.
“But while you’re out there and you have a chance to play in front of the crowd on the Centre Court of Wimbledon – which is a privilege for all of us – you have to take all the chances and, you know, fight till the end. I like to play, I like to compete.”
A proud Russian, Dementieva was thrilled by her hometown win at the Kremlin Cup at Moscow last October, where she beat Serena Williams in the final. Aside from being her second Tier I title, the tournament heralded a resurgence of form, after a nine-week injury lay-off in the spring saw her drop from the top 10 for the first time in 186 weeks. Although further injury spoiled her US hardcourt season, this year she has reached the finals on clay at Berlin and Istanbul, and won a ninth career title at Dubai, where, as the No.9 seed, she defeated Ana Ivanovic in the semis and Svetlana Kuznetsova in the final.
So now Dementieva finds herself back at No.5 in the world, just one place short of her career high, achieved in October 2004, in the wake of those Grand Slam losses to Anastasia Myskina and Kuznetsova and a loss to Maria Sharapova in the final at Zurich.
Though her exploits this week may not have much impact on her standing – the progress of the Williams sisters, who sit immediately below her in the rankings, remains a key factor, and Venus of course looms in the semi-finals – the Russian is nothing if not proof perfect that a woman’s tennis career still has legs when she is closer to 30 than 20.
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Lol, Lena
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did she ever won a GS?ooh yes now i remember runner-up

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Elena

Everything what I've read /heard from people attending tournaments is how humble and nice she is unlike other people who change with the success
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well sin dios ni ley, she gave me 3 autogrpahs AND after a match when i cheered for her gave me a signed ball for me and took like 29044 pics with me (all in diffs mathces, but same wek)





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So a REAL LADY needs to just let the men have the best COURTS?????
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well sin dios ni ley, she gave me 3 autogrpahs AND after a match when i cheered for her gave me a signed ball for me and took like 29044 pics with me (all in diffs mathces, but same wek)
lol im sure she is annoyed already at u
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what a slam at JJ. Should be interesting when they next meet.

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Lena spent most of these 2 weeks on court 85.
If she didn't complain, she never will. She doesn't care what court she's on.

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did she ever won a GS?ooh yes now i remember runner-up
B*cth.
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Please Elena win Wimbledon

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lol! Gotta love Elena!

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