Elena Dementieva: "There is nothing impossible for me"
February 13, 2004 - Damien DUBRAS
Of passage for a cat with its fans of the whole world, Elena Dementieva conquered all the team and the Net surfers. Nice, funny, pretty and available, the Russian answered in English and French all your questions. Selected pieces of these thirty minutes of dream with the head of N°2 series of Open Gas of France.
Elena Dementieva, which did you think of your first match vis-a-vis of Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro?
It was a good match for a first turn and my adversary played well. It is for that that I tested so many difficulties. (note: It was essential in three sets, 7-5, 1-6, 6-4). Ca was a match difficult to play.
How did you begin tennis?
My mother played tennis and she wanted that I practise this sport. I thus started at the seven years age.
What is hardest to support on the circuit?
Incontestably, it is very hard to travel all the time and to leave its family and her friends. But, that formed part of my work and I must accept it.
Do you like the classical music?
It sometimes happens to me to listen some but that deadens me a little!
Which type of music do you listen then?
In French song, I like Patrick Bruel and Patricia Kaas.
Which are your best friends on the circuit?
It is hard to have true friends among the players because one fights all the time. The competition makes the friendship difficult. My best friend is my mother and of people with whom I went to the school and that I have known for ten years.
Why so much of Russian players they take to them mother for coach at the beginning?
I believe that when you start young person, you do not know yet if you want to become pro or not and at this time, your parents can help you to make this choice. They provide a great support.
What do you think of Tatiana Golovin?
I never yet played against it. But, I saw it a little in Australia. It is a very good player and my next match will be difficult to play. (note: they will clash today, Friday, in quarterfinals)
To which age you did arrive on the circuit?
I started at 18 years. Ca makes five years now.
Where did you learn the French?
I learned how to speak your language when I was in Spartak. It is there that I made my beginnings. At the time, it was the only foreign language which one proposed to us.
Which player impresses you more?
I like to see Williams because they are spectacular. If not, Martina Hingis which my is preferred. It is a pity which it took its retirement also early.
Which is your opinion on the current domination of the Belgian players?
There is nothing impossible for me and I know that I can beat them. There are other players who are able to beat them.
A word on Amélie Mauresmo?
It is a large player and one already played of great matches one against the other, in particular with the EDF Cup.
Which is, according to you, the Large Slam in which you have the most chance to impose to you?
I think that I am likely more to gain Roland-Garros. I already gained in Amelia Island, this is why I think of being able to gain it more easily.
With which Russian do get along you best?
I get along well with Myskina because one started together but in general, I get along well with all the Russians.
Did Yevgueni Kafelnikov form part of your idols?
It is a great example for us all, even not just for the results but thanks to its personality and what it is.
Do you have a black animal on the circuit?
Not, I do not have any. It is interesting for me to play against somebody against who I already lost. Ca gives me more motivation.
Which are your passions apart from tennis?
The ski, the snowboard, being with my friends and my family.
Do you particularly work the service, which is one of your large weak points?
It is not my favorite blow to be completely sincere. Since the beginning of the year, I changed it and it is hard to be solid on this point. I hope to have a good service one day.
Do You Like Paris?
I like much this city. I like the Sacred Heart, the Eiffel Tower and the Triumphal arch. Especially the place of Star. I do not include/understand too much how the motorists can leave themselves there alive to each
Do you have a message to make pass to your fans?
I would like to thank you all, especially when I play in France. Appreciate the life, will see matches and play tennis.