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itzhak
Jun 17th, 2009, 09:07 PM
http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/news?slug=reu-wimbledondementieva_interview&prov=reuters&type=lgns

No future in fortune-telling for Dementieva

Jun 16, 10:02 pm EDT

By Clare Fallon

EASTBOURNE, England, June 17 (Reuters) - Elena Dementieva raised eyebrows in Paris last month when she predicted a fall for Rafael Nadal the day before the clay king was dethroned, but the Russian is not planning on swapping her racket for a crystal ball just yet.

Dementieva’s insightful prediction of the world number one’s premature demise was pretty much the only high point for the 27-year-old Olympic champion at Roland Garros after a third-round defeat by Australia’s Sam Stosur.

The elegant Muscovite saw a world-weariness in the previously unbeatable Nadal that practically no-one else spotted, and journalists’ eyes rolled when she made her claim that his days as Paris champion were numbered.

But a day later the four-times Spanish champion was knocked out in the fourth round by Swede Robin Soderling in one of the biggest shocks ever seen at the French Open and Dementieva won bragging rights for weeks to come.


“It was so strange because he was winning, first round, second round, but when I was watching him I didn’t see happiness in his eyes when he had finished a match,” Dementieva told Reuters in an interview at the Wimbledon tune-up event at Eastbourne.

MIXED BLESSING

“I was thinking he must be so tired, playing so many matches. It’s very physical the way he’s playing. I didn’t want him to lose.

“I think he’s a very nice guy and he was desperately looking for this title but when it’s enough, it’s enough. He needs to have a break.”

So could she predict who would win the men’s title at Wimbledon?

The Russian laughed. “Don’t ask me. That was the only time I was right.”

Losing unexpectedly early in Paris could turn out to be a blessing in disguise though for Dementieva, a Wimbledon semi-finalist last year.

Many players complain that there is too little time to adjust from the slow, red clay of Roland Garros to the fast, green grass of Wimbledon with two weeks between the two grand slams.

The trick, Dementieva feels, is not to get too anxious about making the switch.

“I think it’s such a short period of time when it comes to the grass so you have to be very positive,” she said in an interview arranged by WTA Tour sponsors Sony Ericsson.

“It is an unpredictable surface. You have to enjoy it… like I did last time when I was playing Wimbledon, I really enjoy my time there and I was trying just to be focused on my game and trying to do as well as I could and trying not to get crazy with the bounces and so on.”

TOUGH CHALLENGE

Dementieva’s sense of enjoyment came through as she sailed into the semi-finals at last year’s Wimbledon, before losing to eventual champion Venus Williams.

“I don’t want to think about my chances,” she said after winning her first match of the year on grass at the Eastbourne International.

“I know it is going to be a tough challenge. I know everyone is ready and it’s going to be a tough battle from the beginning so I just want to take one match at a time and get my focus.”

She is looking forward to the next fortnight. “It is one of the very special events for all the players, absolutely unique atmosphere,” she said of Wimbledon.

“I think the crowd makes it very special every time we come there. You can see such long lines of people trying to get into the stadium and you realise just how special it is for everyone.

“It’s a great social event and it’s where we smell the history as a player and it is just an honour to play there.”

Does she have a prediction for this year?

“I would say that Venus Williams is definitely the favourite to win the title. She won it five times already and she is looking for another one and she really looks very strong when it comes to Wimbledon.”

You can almost hear the bookmakers running for cover.:lol::lol::lol:

SIN DIOS NI LEY
Jun 17th, 2009, 09:12 PM
More practices and less interviews

Get a coach

Rolling-Thunder
Jun 17th, 2009, 10:29 PM
Sounds like a reasonable and thoughtful analysis from her.

mdterp01
Jun 17th, 2009, 10:30 PM
Can't disagree with her there. :wavey:

Horizon
Jun 17th, 2009, 10:31 PM
Well she really went out on a limb :spit:

edificio
Jun 17th, 2009, 11:44 PM
http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/news?slug=reu-wimbledondementieva_interview&prov=reuters&type=lgns


The Russian laughed. “Don’t ask me. That was the only time I was right.”



Funniest part.

I hope she can pull herself together; maybe a new coach.

tennnisfannn
Jun 18th, 2009, 01:10 AM
Sure beats the family decision comments. If the seeds live up she could be playing one of them in the semis or finals.

Volcana
Jun 18th, 2009, 01:39 AM
For me, the funniest part of that is that Dementieva is my pick to win if Venus doesn't.

Don't ask me why, it's total intuition.

No Name Face
Jun 18th, 2009, 03:20 AM
For me, the funniest part of that is that Dementieva is my pick to win if Venus doesn't.

Don't ask me why, it's total intuition.

:lol: you need to get your intuition checked then.

GracefulVenus
Jun 18th, 2009, 03:25 AM
For me, the funniest part of that is that Dementieva is my pick to win if Venus doesn't.

Don't ask me why, it's total intuition.

I actually think Elena can win it too. She is a seasoned veteran and shouldn't be counted out! Anyway, good luck to Venus and Elena.

gmokb
Jun 18th, 2009, 03:30 AM
“I would say that Venus Williams is definitely the favourite to win the title. She won it five times already and she is looking for another one and she really looks very strong when it comes to Wimbledon.”[/QUOTE]

One of the few times I agree with her.

young_gunner913
Jun 18th, 2009, 03:37 AM
Wow. I'm suprised she didn't tell them to ask Richard who would win.

Tennisstar86
Jun 18th, 2009, 03:47 AM
I actually think Elena can win it too. She is a seasoned veteran and shouldn't be counted out! Anyway, good luck to Venus and Elena.

She should, because this VERY statement is the reason Dementieva hasnt won a slam....

What top 5 player wouldnt pick themselves to win the tournament... you'll never hear Serena or Venus or when Justine was playing say yeah.... I think hingis( just pick another champion) is gonna win before a tournament started that they were entered in....

Dementieva...:tape:

LudwigDvorak
Jun 18th, 2009, 03:47 AM
Wow. I'm suprised she didn't tell them to ask Richard who would win.

Of course not. She asked Richard herself, and he told her that Venus will win. Duh.

Roookie
Jun 18th, 2009, 04:05 AM
I forgot she predicted Rafa wasn't winning RG this year :eek:. So Venus huh?. What if she plays her in the final?. :lol:

friendsita
Jun 18th, 2009, 04:46 AM
More practices and less interviews

Get a coach

buena
;)

vwfan
Jun 18th, 2009, 10:55 AM
I forgot she predicted Rafa wasn't winning RG this year :eek:. So Venus huh?. What if she plays her in the final?. :lol:uhmmmmm. . .she won't! :o

got to love her honesty, though. I hope she is in the finals of U.S. Open. She is a good hardcourt player. And since I hope Venus will be in the finals as well, I'd feel pretty good about a good match, but an ultimate 9th slam for Venus.:devil:

VishaalMaria
Jun 18th, 2009, 11:22 AM
I mean, it was a nice comment from Elena, but I cant help thinking; "Why would Elena pick someone else to win, when she herself is in the draw too?"

It's just crazy. I dont know if Elena was being humble, doesnt believe in her chances or both.

Slutiana
Jun 18th, 2009, 11:46 AM
She said Venus is most likely to win, not that she will win.

miffedmax
Jun 18th, 2009, 11:49 AM
As others are pointing out, that interview is everything that's right, and everything that's wrong, with my beloved Elena.

I hope she pulls it together for a decent Wimbledon run, but she's not looking good right now. Something's not right with that pretty blond head of hers.

chuvack
Jun 18th, 2009, 12:17 PM
She should, because this VERY statement is the reason Dementieva hasnt won a slam....

What top 5 player wouldnt pick themselves to win the tournament... you'll never hear Serena or Venus or when Justine was playing say yeah.... I think hingis( just pick another champion) is gonna win before a tournament started that they were entered in....

Dementieva...:tape:


This is why I do not cheer for Dementieva any longer (ok so that is a small lie), because she became a whimp, she started to give the press the soft non-controversial statements that they always look for. A younger Dementieva would have given no quarter to the enemy (and Lena's enemies are eternally the Williams sisters and Sharapova, the players who deprived her of Slam wins). The old Lena would have said something at least semi-confrontational in preparation for the battle. Like, for example, "Screw that bitch Venus Williams". Something has really gone wrong with her head. Maybe she needs to dump that hockey player.

Sam L
Jun 18th, 2009, 02:08 PM
Elena Nostradamusova... :worship: :worship: :worship: