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Marcell
Mar 18th, 2009, 05:57 PM
Dementieva enters 2009 Family Circle Cup







CHARLESTON, SC (March 18, 2009) - World No. 4 Elena Dementieva has officially entered the Family Circle Cup. The 2008 Olympic gold medalist's entry adds to a Charleston player field that now includes four of the Top 6 players in the world. Dementieva, a semifinalist at the Family Circle Cup last year, and a finalist in 2005, currently boasts a 13-6 career record at this event. As the fifth Top 10 player to commit to the tournament, Dementieva joins World No. 1 and defending Family Circle Cup Champion Serena Williams, World No. 5 Venus Williams, World No. 6 Vera Zvonareva, and World No. 9 Nadia Petrova as they headline the Family Circle Cup, a Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Premier Event, scheduled April 11-19, 2009, at the Family Circle Tennis Center in Charleston, SC.

"We're very excited that another Top 5 ranked player has chosen to begin their clay court season at the Family Circle Cup. Elena Dementieva has already posted some impressive results this year, and if her long history of success at this event is an indicator of future results, our fans are sure in for a treat this April," commented Eleanor Adams, Family Circle Cup Tournament Manager. "The addition of Dementieva dramatically increases the strength of competition in our draw, and adds value to our ticket patrons who have become accustomed to a world class player field in Charleston."

With five Top 10 year-end rankings to her name, Dementieva entered the 2009 season at her current and best ranking, and has posted consistently strong results on her road to Charleston. Winning the twelfth and thirteenth titles of her career in January, at Auckland and Sydney respectively, she then continued her success through the late rounds of the Australian Open, posting her third consecutive Grand Slam semifinal result and compiling a 15-match win streak. Charging hard through February, Dementieva notched two Fed Cup match wins for Russia in a first round victory over China, and she reached the finals at Paris [Indoors] before posting a quarterfinal result at Dubai. To date, she has achieved a remarkable 21-4 record in 2009. She is scheduled to compete in Miami prior to the start of the 2009 Family Circle Cup.

Dementieva reached the third round in her Family Circle Cup debut in 2000, the final year the tournament was held in Hilton Head, SC. She notched similar finishes in Charleston from 2002 through 2004, until achieving her best result as a finalist in 2005. Returning to Charleston in 2008, she posted a strong semifinal appearance after an action-packed 3-set match opposite Vera Zvonareva.

"I've come close to winning the Family Circle Cup, and this is a title that I would like to own in my career, so I'm really looking forward to competing in Charleston," commented Elena Dementieva.

Dementieva, a 27-year-old Russian who currently resides in Monte Carlo, Monaco, has made 41 consecutive Grand Slam appearances and owns a 501-241 win-loss record over her career, earning over $11,000,000 in prize money.



Courtesy: Family Circle Cup

frenchie
Mar 18th, 2009, 05:59 PM
"I've come close to winning the Family Circle Cup, and this is a title that I would like to own in my career, so I'm really looking forward to competing in Charleston," commented Elena Dementieva

Charleston>>>>>IW

You're right Lena!
lol

In The Zone
Mar 18th, 2009, 06:05 PM
So much for her being tired. Miami .. now Charleston. :o This is why players should just say, I was not the better player today and let that be that. :o

Ciarán
Mar 18th, 2009, 06:07 PM
Eww :o

BuTtErFrEnA
Mar 18th, 2009, 06:18 PM
o0o0ok :lol:

fufuqifuqishahah
Mar 18th, 2009, 06:19 PM
So much for her being tired. Miami .. now Charleston. :o This is why players should just say, I was not the better player today and let that be that. :o

w/e

u know all players just make shizz up all the time :p

Pebbles
Mar 18th, 2009, 06:26 PM
Do some damage Elena! :armed:

Dementinator
Mar 18th, 2009, 06:45 PM
Lets just hope she can be arsed to play better this time and if she should lose, keep her trap shut and accept it and move on.

Much as I adore Lena and always will, I am the first to admit shes behaving like a royal pain in the ass lately, there may well be some underlying reason we are unaware of so I will give her the benefit of the doubt for the time being as shes usually no problem after a a stupid loss, heaven knows, shes had enough of them to get used to it.

Come Lena, sort your shit out and go kick some ass.

Expat
Mar 18th, 2009, 07:28 PM
Lets just hope she can be arsed to play better this time and if she should lose, keep her trap shut and accept it and move on.

Much as I adore Lena and always will, I am the first to admit shes behaving like a royal pain in the ass lately, there may well be some underlying reason we are unaware of so I will give her the benefit of the doubt for the time being as shes usually no problem after a a stupid loss, heaven knows, shes had enough of them to get used to it.

Come Lena, sort your shit out and go kick some ass.

shes trying to become no. 3 somehow
she also accepts she can't win a slam

serenus_2k8
Mar 18th, 2009, 07:47 PM
Wow strong tourny!!

young_gunner913
Mar 18th, 2009, 07:54 PM
Good luck to you Lena :yeah:

Grand Phantasm
Mar 18th, 2009, 08:04 PM
after her poor showing at IW

sammy01
Mar 18th, 2009, 08:09 PM
is this a $700,000 tournament? i thought they weren't allowed like 5 top 10 players?

igralec33
Mar 18th, 2009, 08:13 PM
Good luck, Lena!

Svetlana.
Mar 18th, 2009, 08:16 PM
have thet announced a full list of players for Circle Cup yet?

Poiree
Mar 18th, 2009, 08:17 PM
Good luck to her :)

Craig.
Mar 18th, 2009, 08:18 PM
:woohoo:

AnnaK_4ever
Mar 18th, 2009, 08:21 PM
is this a $700,000 tournament? i thought they weren't allowed like 5 top 10 players?

Petrova was not top-10 in 2008 so she doesn't fall under restriction. But Dementieva entering the event means one of three other top-tenners -- Serena, Venus, Vera -- won't play.

Noctis
Mar 18th, 2009, 08:21 PM
She come here to lose 1st round.not one cant stop her i guess

youizahoe
Mar 18th, 2009, 09:05 PM
She wants to get trashed on clay this time :lol:

SIN DIOS NI LEY
Mar 18th, 2009, 09:08 PM
Good news for Dvorak , bad news for her own body

Matt01
Mar 18th, 2009, 09:26 PM
She says she is tired and needs alonger rest so she enters more tournaments. Makes sense.

Srodgers
Mar 19th, 2009, 12:17 AM
Wow she is entering every possible tournament.
Tournament Whore!

sammy01
Mar 19th, 2009, 01:12 AM
btw people who say she says shes knackered so why enter, surely by then she will be ok. losing early in IW gave her 2 whole weeks untill she has to play in miami, then theres another week after miami, so really even if she goes all the way in miami she will be playing a week and a half of the 5 weeks since she lost at IW.

Direwolf
Mar 19th, 2009, 07:46 PM
Petrova was not top-10 in 2008 so she doesn't fall under restriction. But Dementieva entering the event means one of three other top-tenners -- Serena, Venus, Vera -- won't play.

even if they commit before her?

AnnaK_4ever
Mar 19th, 2009, 08:06 PM
even if they commit before her?

I think Dementieva has entered Charleston because one of WS is not gonna play there.

miffedmax
Mar 19th, 2009, 08:40 PM
As I recall, Lena's grumbled about IW in the past. I think her snippy comments about being tired were in lieu of saying "I hate this stupid tournament." I think the tiredness, if it's actually a factor, is more likely due to delayed stress from her mother's illness.

And I say all this while conceding she came across as being quite bratty. She does that sometimes. Not everyone can be like Myskina and actually be even cuter when they're being bitchy.

My guess is Elena wants some clay time, even if the green isn't quite the same as the red.

Rocketta
Mar 19th, 2009, 08:46 PM
I'm not saying they will both show up but Charleston tourney called me and said Venus and Serena are signed up so we will see. :shrug: