Dementieva Responds to Your Questions
TOKYO, Japan - Elena Dementieva sat down on Tuesday at the Toray Pan Pacific Open to answer questions submitted by her fans on WTATour.com. Here's what Elena had to say:
- Who were your role models in women's tennis before you joined the Tour and did you ever have the opportunity to meet them? Who would you say are your true friends on the Tour? - Brad Kenny
I didn't have any role models, but I enjoyed watching Monica Seles and Steffi Graf; Monica the most. And when I started playing tennis, I enjoyed Martina Hingis. My best friend on the Tour is my mum. There are lots of players that I have a good relationship with, but my mum by far is my best friend.
- Is there such a time in your career you would call the "most disappointing" or was each year satisfying? If there is, what is it and why was it so disappointing? - Vassily S. , Dubai
I don't think I’ve had a part of my career that was disappointing. No dramatic moments, so far. I don't make things too disappointing because I realise life is more important than just tennis.
- What have you done to change or modify your service technique? - Greg
I tried to correct my technique all during the year. When you change surfaces it affects your game a little bit. So I'm constantly working to make it better. The most important thing to correct and to improve my game is through technique and I'm always trying to improve that.
- Do you know what will you do after finishing your tennis career? What about training little children in some tennis schools, or clubs in Moscow-Spartak, or Dynamo? - Tomas
It's difficult to imagine now, but I really liked French and Biology in school. Some of my family members are doctors so maybe I'd like to do that. My grandma and uncle are both doctors/surgeons.
- Is there any particular player ranked below you whose style of play gives you a difficult time? - Tim
Everybody's style of play is so different. I like to play the player I just lost to, as it gives me a lot of motivation. It's good to have lots of different players and find the best way to beat them. I like that challenge.
- What is the most annoying question that a reporter has asked you? - Julio Peralta-Paulino
Oh I wouldn't say annoying, just the same questions happen a lot but it depends on the year… used to be Kournikova questions and comparing me to Kournikova. And last year it was the secret of the Russian players and why there are so many Russian players lately. But that's a good question because it's good there are so many good Russian players now.
- What do you like the most to do when you're not playing tennis? - Ronald Zweers, Olst, Netherlands
I like to ski and snowboard in the winter. I just tried snowboarding for the first time over this past winter and I really liked it. I don't know how good I am at it, but it was fun! Also when not playing tennis, I like to spend time with my family. I miss them a lot.
- When did you start to play tennis and what made you choose a tennis career? Also, what would you consider your favorite tournament/city? - Linda, USA
My favorite tournament and city is Moscow, of course. It's my hometown and I love to play in front of the crowd. They are so supportive and really cheer me on. It's so nice to play in front of my friends and family and they all come out to watch and support me.
- Last year you changed your doubles partner. You used to play with Janette Husarova (very successfully) and now you are playing with Lina Krasnoroutskaya. What was the reason for change and are you going to extend your partnership with Lina further? And generally, do you enjoy playing doubles as much as playing singles? - Nina Klavdieva
I'm playing with Lina so we can compete in the Olympic Games. Singles is my favorite by far, but I play doubles to help me with my singles. It makes me practice my serve and volley. But singles is definitely my favorite to play.
- I have been admiring your game and personality for a very long time, especially after you won a silver medal at the Olympic Games. Are you planning to participate in this summer's Olympics in Athens? - Sasha Dmitrenko, Toronto
The Olympic Games was a very special moment for me. My best memory is from the last Olympics and winning the silver medal. I'm so proud to play for my country. I can't wait for the Olympics. The Olympics is the most important event for me this year.
- I read that you are very superstitious. How does that carry over to the court? - Marc
No, not me. I'm not superstitious. My mum is very superstitious. For example, she'll want me to wear the same outfit when I keep winning and I can't wear a new one. But no, it's not me, it's my mum!