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LCS
Sep 4th, 2009, 11:32 AM
Elena Dementieva
Thursday, September 3, 2009
M. OUDIN/E. Dementieva

5 7, 6 6, 6 3

An interview with: Elena Dementieva


THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Considering how well you've been playing this summer, if you could, just talk about your expectations coming in and just how disappointing it is to make an early exit.
ELENA DEMENTIEVA: Yeah, for sure it is disappointing. You know, I was really hoping to play well here, but just didn't feel, you know, the way I should feel about the match today was not exciting. Maybe overplayed a bit in the summer.
But I think she played really well. She was very positive and going for the shots, going for the winners. Just was a very solid game from her.

Q. She's playing of course in front of a New York crowd, a largely U.S. crowd. Di you really feel that the feeling was that she had crowd support out there and just the atmosphere?
ELENA DEMENTIEVA: I feel she had a very good attitude today in the court. She was really using all the positive emotions from the crowd, you know, support and she was really into the game and, you know, really playing at her best today.

Q. She upset Jelena I remember at Wimbledon, and now you. What kind of future do you think she has? Not that I want to talk not about you and the others, but that's two big wins for her.
ELENA DEMENTIEVA: Yeah, for sure. You know, I think she's very talented. She was in the court and not afraid to play. She was playing very aggressively, really enjoying this atmosphere, you know, the crowd support and really going for the winners.
So it's just the beginning, but it looks like she has a good future.

Q. Does she have enough power? If I remember right, Jankovic was saying she wasn't really doing much. I'm the one making the mistakes.
ELENA DEMENTIEVA: No, I feel she has a great variety. She can go for the slice, dropshot, and forehand winners, also. Today she was definitely in the court trying to hit down the line.
So no, I think she has a very solid game.

Q. She's not the biggest girl in the world. Do you think in this time with a lot of bigger girls around that she can hang with some of them?
ELENA DEMENTIEVA: I think she moves really well. You know, the footwork is really great. She was really fighting for every point, playing everything back, just waiting for the you know, she's very patient on the court. She knows what is her strength. She's just waiting for the moment to attack the ball.
So even with she's not very tall, but still, you know, she's very athletic.

Q. Do you feel like you lost this match more than she won it, or...
ELENA DEMENTIEVA: No, I think she won it.

Q. Came with a good game plan?
ELENA DEMENTIEVA: Yeah.

Q. I think the first time she called the trainer was before your serve. I'm wondering if that disrupted your momentum at all?
ELENA DEMENTIEVA: No, not at all.

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Pure class :worship:

Caralenko
Sep 4th, 2009, 11:34 AM
You know, she is so classy in defeat, you know, like she can respect her opponents, you know.

:inlove:

Miss Atomic Bomb
Sep 4th, 2009, 11:34 AM
:worship:

Galsen
Sep 4th, 2009, 11:35 AM
:worship:

Dini.
Sep 4th, 2009, 11:42 AM
:hatoff:

Showing JJ how it should be done, really. :shrug:

Tanja8
Sep 4th, 2009, 11:43 AM
I was dissappointed the interview was so short ... and they asked her mostly about Oudin not about her.
But I`m glad they didn`t come up with questions like "Why do you think there are so many Russian women on the Tour" or "Do you think it`s bad for WTA having N1 without GS?"

Those interviews at GS are mostly dull ... Serena and Venus are interviewed after each match (well, I know they all are but we get transcriptions only for some of them), the others are in shade ...

I remember I wanted to know more about Carla Suarez N. at AO after she beat Venus ... and her interview was only two or three questions long :mad: (she needed an interpreter - so what. Serena needs one at RG for questions in French, I guess).Or why not make a transcript of interviews with Rodionova, Švedova, Bondarenko, ...
We are not interested only in Top5 women ...
And we (well I at least) are not interested in Serena`s and Venus`s answers about ranking and stuff just every day ...

Kworb
Sep 4th, 2009, 11:47 AM
While it was a very classy interview, I would've preferred if she explained more why she played so poorly, other than "the way I feel about the match today was not exciting".

Tanja8
Sep 4th, 2009, 11:49 AM
While it was a very classy interview, I would've preferred if she explained more why she played so poorly, other than "the way I feel about the match today was not exciting".
They didn`t ask her to tell more about it ...
(she might have "female problems" like Janković in Wimbledon;), but she wouldn`t say it ...)

jonny84
Sep 4th, 2009, 11:49 AM
I am still gutted for Elena. I really thought this was her time. But graceful in defeat.
Hopefully Elena can win Moscow this year again!

Zojirushi
Sep 4th, 2009, 11:54 AM
Nice interview. Lena:hearts::kiss:

Kworb
Sep 4th, 2009, 11:54 AM
They didn`t ask her to tell more about it ...
(she might have "female problems" like Janković in Wimbledon;), but she wouldn`t say it ...)

Well she could've taken the initiative. Like this:

Q. Do you feel like you lost this match more than she won it, or...
ELENA DEMENTIEVA: No, I think she won it. But in part it was because I gave her all the opportunities. I had no confidence in my shots today. I did not come forward enough and was not aggressive enough. It was just one of those days where I was not feeling the ball and stayed behind the baseline and not risk anything. Sometimes you can get away with it but she used all the weak shots that I hit to her and hit great winners. So it is a little of both really.

Ferg
Sep 4th, 2009, 12:09 PM
Lena :awww: :worship: Shes great.

Sebastien123
Sep 4th, 2009, 12:41 PM
class act Elena as always :yeah:

serenus_2k8
Sep 4th, 2009, 12:51 PM
Did JJ not do an interview?

slamchamp
Sep 4th, 2009, 01:58 PM
it was lena?? I thought I was reading an interview from Serena:eek: (sarcasm)

serenus_2k8
Sep 4th, 2009, 02:01 PM
it was lena?? I thought I was reading an interview from Serena:eek: (sarcasm)

Serena's interview wouldnt be talking about a R2 loss now, would it ;)

slamchamp
Sep 4th, 2009, 02:03 PM
Serena's interview wouldnt be talking about a R2 loss now, would it ;)
I'm not following serena much:p

serenus_2k8
Sep 4th, 2009, 02:05 PM
I'm not following serena much:p

Dont worry, you have plenty of time during the next week.

slamchamp
Sep 4th, 2009, 02:11 PM
Dont worry, you have plenty of time during the next week.woaaaa all riight

mc8114
Sep 4th, 2009, 02:13 PM
lena :hug:

Volcana
Sep 4th, 2009, 02:14 PM
While it was a very classy interview, I would've preferred if she explained more why she played so poorly, other than "the way I feel about the match today was not exciting".She didn't play 'poorly'. She didn't play her best tennis, for sure, but I don't expect a top five player to show up to play someone outside the top fifty the same way they show up to play someone ranked above them. The players are human. No one in the recorded history of sports has given maximum effort, intensity and commitment every single game.

Dementieva played 'Dementieva-normal'. Oudin played just abot as well as she can play. All this really proves is that, barring injury, Oudin will eventually spend at least a week inthe top twenty. Cause almost any top twenty player, on their best day, can beat an elite player having an average day.

Were I Oudin though, I'd show up next time they play, cause Dementieva will.

Patrick345
Sep 4th, 2009, 02:19 PM
She didn't play 'poorly'. She didn't play her best tennis, for sure, but I don't expect a top five player to show up to play someone outside the top fifty the same way they show up to play someone ranked above them. The players are human. No one in the recorded history of sports has given maximum effort, intensity and commitment every single game.

Dementieva played 'Dementieva-normal'. Oudin played just abot as well as she can play. All this really proves is that, barring injury, Oudin will eventually spend at least a week inthe top twenty. Cause almost any top twenty player, on their best day, can beat an elite player having an average day.

Agreed with everything, except that Oudin will just be a top 20 player. She´ll be much more as the level of tennis drops even further with the next generation. She´s only 17 (?) and has already accomplished more than Wozniacki at the Slams, beating two top five players.

Golovinjured.
Sep 4th, 2009, 02:23 PM
Mommy Vera has raised her well. :hatoff:

Kworb
Sep 4th, 2009, 02:29 PM
She didn't play 'poorly'. She didn't play her best tennis, for sure, but I don't expect a top five player to show up to play someone outside the top fifty the same way they show up to play someone ranked above them. The players are human. No one in the recorded history of sports has given maximum effort, intensity and commitment every single game.

Dementieva played 'Dementieva-normal'. Oudin played just abot as well as she can play. All this really proves is that, barring injury, Oudin will eventually spend at least a week inthe top twenty. Cause almost any top twenty player, on their best day, can beat an elite player having an average day.

Were I Oudin though, I'd show up next time they play, cause Dementieva will.

I thought it was well below average. At least the average that she's shown this year. Oudin is very good and I agree she will easily be top 20 but an average Dementieva would've still beaten her yesterday.

is1531
Sep 4th, 2009, 02:49 PM
Agreed with everything, except that Oudin will just be a top 20 player. She´ll be much more as the level of tennis drops even further with the next generation. She´s only 17 (?) and has already accomplished more than Wozniacki at the Slams, beating two top five players.



"Agreed with everything, except that Oudin will just be a top 20 player. She´ll be much more as the level of tennis drops even further with the next generation. She´s only 17 (?) and has already accomplished more than Wozniacki at the Slams, beating two top five players."


I am a dyhard Wozniacki fan, but I would say your right. Oudin balances out her game with offense and defense and she is 4 inches shorter than Caroline, but plays 4 inches taller. :)

The Witch-king
Sep 4th, 2009, 02:56 PM
I find her interviews depressing actually. There's something such as being too nice. Even the interview after the serena loss was like...

Svetlana.
Sep 4th, 2009, 03:00 PM
it's why I love her

Golovinjured.
Sep 4th, 2009, 03:45 PM
I find her interviews depressing actually. There's something such as being too nice. Even the interview after the serena loss was like...

Being too nice is better than too mean. :sobbing:

serenus_2k8
Sep 4th, 2009, 03:57 PM
Being too nice is better than too mean. :sobbing:

Not in this line of business

Golovinjured.
Sep 4th, 2009, 04:03 PM
Not in this line of business

:bigcry:

Donny
Sep 4th, 2009, 04:05 PM
Being too nice is better than too mean. :sobbing:

If your goal is to win Ms. Congeniality instead of slams, yes.

misael
Sep 4th, 2009, 04:05 PM
I Heart her, good for her , classy interview.

harloo
Sep 4th, 2009, 04:12 PM
Well she could've taken the initiative. Like this:

Q. Do you feel like you lost this match more than she won it, or...
ELENA DEMENTIEVA: No, I think she won it. But in part it was because I gave her all the opportunities. I had no confidence in my shots today. I did not come forward enough and was not aggressive enough. It was just one of those days where I was not feeling the ball and stayed behind the baseline and not risk anything. Sometimes you can get away with it but she used all the weak shots that I hit to her and hit great winners. So it is a little of both really.

Now you know if Elena made this statement you would have a pack of non-fans claiming she was making excuses and being ungracious. Personally, I love when a player is more candid about why they lost the match rather than their opponent winning it.

Golovinjured.
Sep 4th, 2009, 04:17 PM
If your goal is to win Ms. Congeniality instead of slams, yes.

Don't you get a sash with Ms. Congeniality?



:inlove:

volta
Sep 4th, 2009, 04:57 PM
Did JJ not do an interview?

she didn't. she said that she had some personal probs and that she would explain later. it was about her gramma :sad:

дalex
Sep 4th, 2009, 06:12 PM
she didn't. she said that she had some personal probs and that she would explain later. it was about her gramma :sad:

I think she did. How else would we have these quotes (http://www.tennisforum.com/showpost.php?p=16416279&postcount=3377) from Jelena in Serbian media...

serenus_2k8
Sep 4th, 2009, 06:15 PM
she didn't. she said that she had some personal probs and that she would explain later. it was about her gramma :sad:

Fair enough :sad: Poor Jankovics :hug:

Temperenka
Sep 4th, 2009, 06:16 PM
:worship: She is a classy lady and I really fell bad for her inability to break through at a slam. It has to be disappointing but at least she doesn't say rude things to the one who beat her. Chin up, Elena.

SIN DIOS NI LEY
Sep 4th, 2009, 06:24 PM
Pure courtesy words

Elena doesn´t believe the shit she talked here. I mean she always says something positive about everybody , specially players from the same country where she lost

I guess that if a chilean journalist asks her for the number one chilean player ranked 700 in the world Elena is going to say , yeah , she is a great player :yawn:

HRHoliviasmith
Sep 4th, 2009, 06:29 PM
Pure courtesy words

Elena doesn´t believe the shit she talked here. I mean she always says something positive about everybody , specially players from the same country where she lost

I guess that if a chilean journalist asks her for the number one chilean player ranked 700 in the world Elena is going to say , yeah , she is a great player :yawn:

you're hilarious. :lol:

Slutati
Sep 4th, 2009, 06:42 PM
Amazing interview. Lena's so classy. :inlove::bowdown:

treufreund
Sep 4th, 2009, 06:50 PM
Lena really is a truly wonderful woman. It's impossible not to admire her in my opinion. People who don't believe that it's possible to be classy and be a champion are crazy. Steffi Graf, Chris Evert and Bjorn Borg are some examples of incredibly class champions!

cogent53
Sep 4th, 2009, 06:56 PM
Well she could've taken the initiative. Like this:

Q. Do you feel like you lost this match more than she won it, or...
ELENA DEMENTIEVA: No, I think she won it. But in part it was because I gave her all the opportunities. I had no confidence in my shots today. I did not come forward enough and was not aggressive enough. It was just one of those days where I was not feeling the ball and stayed behind the baseline and not risk anything. Sometimes you can get away with it but she used all the weak shots that I hit to her and hit great winners. So it is a little of both really.

A very good analysis of what happened in the match, but how often do the players give an accurate analysis. Hopefully it is something the players DO do with their coaches later. Actually I'd be really interested to know how much talk and analysis goes on.

As for Elena, a gracious interview, but you'd think someone might have tried to get her to open up a little.

brickhousesupporter
Sep 4th, 2009, 07:13 PM
Lena really is a truly wonderful woman. It's impossible not to admire her in my opinion. People who don't believe that it's possible to be classy and be a champion are crazy. Steffi Graf, Chris Evert and Bjorn Borg are some examples of incredibly class champions!
:lol::lol::lol::tape:

Miss Atomic Bomb
Sep 4th, 2009, 07:44 PM
Since this is a pro-Elena thread, this gets to stay in GM, but a pro-Serena thread that was made earlier this morning (about the article that was written by an ESPM columnist) gets moved promptly :rolleyes:

AnnaK_4ever
Sep 4th, 2009, 07:58 PM
I am still gutted for Elena. I really thought this was her time. But graceful in defeat.
Hopefully Elena can win Moscow this year again!

Why not? Most probably, she will be the only motivated top-player in the draw.

brickhousesupporter
Sep 4th, 2009, 08:35 PM
Since this is a pro-Elena thread, this gets to stay in GM, but a pro-Serena thread that was made earlier this morning (about the article that was written by an ESPM columnist) gets moved promptly :rolleyes:
Then report it....if no action is taken then it will show that there is favoritism in the moderating team.....It is just that simple.
I kind of agree with you that the article should not have been moved......All these threads being move is going to create ignorant fans that aren't knowledgable about other players, because as much as the mods want people to go to player forums it ain't happening.

Svetlana.
Sep 4th, 2009, 08:39 PM
Pure courtesy words

Elena doesn´t believe the shit she talked here. I mean she always says something positive about everybody , specially players from the same country where she lost

I guess that if a chilean journalist asks her for the number one chilean player ranked 700 in the world Elena is going to say , yeah , she is a great player :yawn:

:lol: so what!? I love and respect my slamless Elena more that a player that's has many slams but arrogant and ignorant to others. Aren't you Elena's fan for a very similar reason?

Svetlana.
Sep 4th, 2009, 08:43 PM
Why not? Most probably, she will be the only motivated top-player in the draw.

I believe she can rock in Moscow. She's very patriotic and playing in the home town means more to her than playing in NY.

serenus_2k8
Sep 4th, 2009, 08:43 PM
I dont get it :shrug: Its just a boring, dull interview. Nobody is every going to re-read that in a few days time and be thankfull that such a great personality is out on tour. Sure, polite is nice but a child could have delivered these answers.

Donny
Sep 4th, 2009, 08:59 PM
Since this is a pro-Elena thread, this gets to stay in GM, but a pro-Serena thread that was made earlier this morning (about the article that was written by an ESPM columnist) gets moved promptly :rolleyes:

I'd bet a kidney that EVERY single pro Serena thread promptly gets reported to mods by certain posters.

UDACHi
Sep 4th, 2009, 09:19 PM
I dont get it :shrug: Its just a boring, dull interview. Nobody is every going to re-read that in a few days time and be thankfull that such a great personality is out on tour. Sure, polite is nice but a child could have delivered these answers.

if you have 9000+ posts, why have i just noticed how god damn obnoxious you are in this past week? :o jesus christ do you ever stop babbling out of your ass. stick to the williams player forums, i find that you and all other posters would surely be much happier.

serenus_2k8
Sep 4th, 2009, 09:42 PM
if you have 9000+ posts, why have i just noticed how god damn obnoxious you are in this past week? :o jesus christ do you ever stop babbling out of your ass. stick to the williams player forums, i find that you and all other posters would surely be much happier.

Hmm I get that you're sensitive but my post wasnt an insult at Elena, just at this interview. Its not exciting enough, to me, to warrant a thread in GM. But perhaps boring is just your thing :shrug:

mdterp01
Sep 4th, 2009, 09:55 PM
You know, she is so classy in defeat, you know, like she can respect her opponents, you know.

:inlove:

She sure is. Classy and majorless. :wavey:

serenus_2k8
Sep 4th, 2009, 10:12 PM
She sure is. Classy and majorless. :wavey:

Oh no you didnt :rolls:

Svetlana.
Sep 4th, 2009, 10:31 PM
why hasn't this troll banned yet?

serenus_2k8
Sep 4th, 2009, 10:35 PM
why hasn't this troll banned yet?

Try again in full sentences please?

Ferg
Sep 4th, 2009, 10:46 PM
Please dont start shit here WS fans. :o Theres no need to take shots at Lena being majorless on a thread about her being classy.

serenus_2k8
Sep 4th, 2009, 11:00 PM
:confused:

Olórin
Sep 4th, 2009, 11:03 PM
Try again in full sentences please?

:spit:

Tennisstar86
Sep 5th, 2009, 12:34 AM
it was sad to see her interview......even though i pulled for Oudin......

M$forehand
Sep 5th, 2009, 04:11 AM
Vintage Lena. I sometimes wish she'd lashed out all her frustrations on
post match interviews but she is just so good-natured. That's why I'm still
a fan.

I admire players who are multiple slam winners but I got turned
off easily when they use those accomplishments to insult others.

danieln1
Sep 5th, 2009, 04:25 AM
Jankovic should learn a thing or two about class from Dementieva!

Julian
Sep 5th, 2009, 05:11 AM
So to win a Grand Slam these days you have to be a bitch.
ughh life is cruel indeed

Kunal
Sep 5th, 2009, 08:05 AM
all class

LudwigDvorak
Sep 5th, 2009, 08:11 AM
It was a boring, mundane interview. Moving on.

brickhousesupporter
Sep 5th, 2009, 02:35 PM
I see this thread is still here ......huh?