Worshipping the bangs
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Larsson's Player Forum
Princess Elena Speaks!
I thought the group might enjoy the following interview with Elena.
Although I still find it very easy to picture her as Cinderalla. Or her namesake, for that matter, Helen of Troy.
Russian Tennis Star Dementieva Says Game Killed the Snow White in Her
Created: 14.10.2004 17:22 MSK (GMT +3), Updated: 17:22 MSK, 2 hours 50 minutes ago
Elena Dementieva, Russia’s rising tennis star said in an interview on Thursday that her aggressive and powerful game allowed her to stay calm and feminine off-court, the RIA-Novosti news agency reports.
Dementieva also said that her attacking style of play allowed her to leave all emotions on the court.
“In my childhood I often played Cinderella and Snow White at children’s parties. But tennis has changed me, it is now inside me,” Dementieva said. She also said that the sport allows her to remain balanced in her everyday life.
The player said she did no feel defective due to her regular tennis training. She said that it was possibly the secret of the brilliant performances of Russia’s female tennis players.
“We have virtually no free time, contrary to the Russian male players. We are on the court all the time*— either we are training or we are playing. But I do not feel abnormal at all, I am sure that the time will come when I will be able to devote more time to myself,” the player said.
Elena Dementieva is set to meet fellow Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova in the quarter finals of the Kremlin Cup.
Dementieva was born in Moscow. She played and won her first international tournament, Les Petits Aces, in France at the age of 13. In 1997, she entered the WTA top 500. She turned professional in 1998 and went on to enter the top 100 in 1999.
In 2004, Elena had a breakthrough year. On April 5, she reached her highest singles ranking as 6th in the world. Along with Anastasia Myskina (5th) and Nadia Petrova (9th), it was the first time ever that three Russians had appeared in the WTA top 10 simultaneously.
Later that year at the US Open, Dementyeva was defeated by Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova in the final. It was only the second time two Russian women had contested a grand slam singles final, the first being earlier in 2004 at the French Open, where Dementieva lost to Myskina.