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Question Seriously, Dementieva shouldn't have retired.

Demented's retirement still leaves me puzzled.
All these years she fought to get a slam, the number one rank, i DON'T get why she retired suddenly at the YEC last year when the tour is wide open.

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She is not even really turning the tennis page, it must be tough to stick around and watch girls she was perfectly capable of beating rule the tour.

I just don't get it.

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Re: Seriously, Dementieva shouldn't have retired.

She was sick of losing to Wozniacki




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Re: Seriously, Dementieva shouldn't have retired.

She always said that she wouldn't play up to 30, so she stuck to her word. I agree, though. I still think she could've played on another year. But saying that something was off in her game last year, she lost a lot of shot penetration and foot speed and it was a struggle to watch her play like that during the last couple months.

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Re: Seriously, Dementieva shouldn't have retired.

Well, she definetly had her reasons that she only knows. But I miss her too
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Re: Seriously, Dementieva shouldn't have retired.

She should have retired at the Olympics

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Demented's retirement still leaves me puzzled.
All these years she fought to get a slam, the number one rank, i DON'T get why she retired suddenly at the YEC last year when the tour is wide open.

Baby plans?

She is not even really turning the tennis page, it must be tough to stick around and watch girls she was perfectly capable of beating rule the tour.

I just don't get it.
The tour has been wide open for 3 years now and she still hadnt reached #1 or made it back to another slam final. Why would that suddenly change now as she nears 30.

Even with the tour wide open it doesnt mean she would win a big title. Clijsters owns her and would beat her in any big match they played. Serena too would beat her always in a big slam match. Then there are others like Zvonareva, Wozniacki, Venus, Henin, Kuznetsova, Stosur, Schiavone, Jankovic, Li Na, who are all big challenges for her to get past too. Her surviving 7 rounds to win a slam while not impossible was never likely at this point.
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Re: Seriously, Dementieva shouldn't have retired.

I get where you're coming from, but I'm not convinced Elena would have won a slam even with things as they stand. Maybe she could have, and maybe if we're reading about someone like Azarenka (who I think it totally overrated around here) winning a slam soon she might regret it, but I don't think hanging around on the tour any longer would have yeilded her the elusive slam.

I do miss her though.

*edit* Maybe if Elena of 2004-2007ish was on tour, really hungry and happy to grind to the bitter end was around she could have won, but I think Elena's desire was just about extinguished. I think that's why she stopped, and with that in mind, hanging around any longer wouldn't have yeilded better than what was her order of the day.
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Re: Seriously, Dementieva shouldn't have retired.

she had a long career, in the top 20 for over ten years..it was fine for her to retire
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Re: Seriously, Dementieva shouldn't have retired.

Dementieva still wouldn't have won this slam so I don't see the issue here.
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Dementieva still wouldn't have won this slam so I don't see the issue here.
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Re: Seriously, Dementieva shouldn't have retired.

I still cant believe she's going after having 4 match points at the USO, not playing Wimbledon, and retiring in the FO semis
I was very surprised that Friday during the YEC.

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Re: Seriously, Dementieva shouldn't have retired.

She should have played one more year

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She should have retired at the Olympics
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I still cant believe she's going after having 4 match points at the USO, not playing Wimbledon, and retiring in the FO semis
I was very surprised that Friday during the YEC.
She had 4 match points in the round of 16 at the U.S Open though. It is not like she was anywhere near winning the title at that point.
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Re: Seriously, Dementieva shouldn't have retired.

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I still cant believe she's going after having 4 match points at the USO, not playing Wimbledon, and retiring in the FO semis
I was very surprised that Friday during the YEC.
In some ways I feel as though that's the only way she could have bowed out - with a string of crushing disappointments. It was completely fitting considering her career path, somewhat poetic, trgically of course, and ultimately plain sad. But c'est la vie.
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