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Apr 28th, 2016 04:32 PM
Re: Elena Dementieva Fans Club Vol 8

Originally Posted by Maca.Lofish View Post
And the message is in SPANISH!!!!! I love it!!!

I loved the p.s. "es todo lo que sé en español" (that's all I know in spanish)
I have no idea why they decided to send greetings in Spanish and not English
Apr 28th, 2016 03:58 AM
Re: Elena Dementieva Fans Club Vol 8

And the message is in SPANISH!!!!! I love it!!!

I loved the p.s. "es todo lo que sé en español" (that's all I know in spanish)
Apr 27th, 2016 10:42 PM
Re: Elena Dementieva Fans Club Vol 8

Check out the bottom right corner here
Lena, Max and Veronika wishing Dinara happy birthday
Apr 21st, 2016 12:34 AM
Re: Elena Dementieva Fans Club Vol 8

Veronika is two years old today!!

Happy birthday to the next olympic champion
Apr 14th, 2016 10:13 PM
Re: Elena Dementieva Fans Club Vol 8

Nice article, thanks!
Apr 14th, 2016 04:29 AM
Re: Elena Dementieva Fans Club Vol 8

I don't think we can love Lena more than we already do, but is good to know that other people admire her as much. I don't know if somebody posted this here before but after reading this I felt so proud and happy to be one of her fans.

Learning from Elena - By Tom Downs ​WTCA Gold

Elena Dementieva was a consistent top 10 player from the very late 90s up until her sudden retirement at the conclusion of the 2010 season. Dementieva won a gold medal during her best year in 2008, and also that year, she reached a grand slam final, along with achieving her career high ranking of #3 on the WTA tour. During this outsanding run in 2008, Dementieva trained at the Harold Solomon Tennis Institute in Ft lauderdale, FL where I was the Head pro for several years. I spent a lot of time on court with Elena, and it was obvious to me that it was no fluke that she had the stellar and consistent career that she had. I marvelled at her discipline that went into every shot. She hit every ball in practice as though it was the last ball she ever hit. I respected the fact that she was willing to learn and improve. I loved how she was open to new suggestions and was willing to better her serve. Lets take a look at 3 things that all pro, junior and club players can learn from Dementieva.

1. Be willing to improve your weaknesses

Everyone who watched tennis regularly throughout the first decade of the millennium knew that Dementieva struggled with her serve.
I remember the coaching staff and myself sitting in the office with Elena looking at the serve in slow motion on Dartfish.
We identified the problems and immediately got to work. We noticed that when she shifted her weight forwards, she would squat, meaning that all the momentum that could have gone up and forwards into the ball, was lost. We also got her consistently tossing at 1 and making contact at 12. We also made sure that she was turning enough as she tossed the ball.
Dementieva, in my opinion, had the best first shots after the serve in women's tennis until her retirement. Often opponents would return either her first and/or second serve aggressively and she would anticipate their returns so
well and turn defence into offence immediately. Rennae Stubbs actually told me once that
her serve was often tricky because it had so much funky spin on it making it very difficult to
handle. I have often found players have struggled with her serve more than they probably
should because they like fast serves coming onto them so all they have to do is react.
With Elena's serve, players had to make adjustments.

Elena never worked on her serve to the point that she forgot to better her strengths. She
worked hard on all facets of her game and never lost confidence when it came time to work
on her weaknesses. I cannot tell you how many times I have seen players spend so much
time on their weaknesses that they lose confidence in themselves and forget to work on
bettering their strengths. The lesson to all club level players here is to get the balance right
in your practice sessions with your strengths and weaknesses.

2. Discipline

Dementieva could be described as the female version of Ivan Lendl in a couple of ways.
Both her and Lendl were all about sheer rehearsal. Dementieva would hit thousands of
balls everyday, each one hit as though it was the last ball she was ever going to hit and
she had to hit it exactly right. There were no shortcuts for Elena. She worked hard on her weaknesses and was always fine tuning her powerful penetrating groundstrokes. What stood out was that she wanted to do everything exactly right. She was a perfectionist, but also understood that tennis is a sport of imperfections. In her quest to achieve perfectionism, she knew she would achieve excellence. I have seen many players improve dramatically just by applying this simple philosophy to their own games. Dementieva was always extremely focused. She outworked all other professional and junior players who were at the Institute during her time there. This is not to say these other players didn't work hard. It's just that Elena is the hardest working player to ever set foot at the Institute, and far from being the most talented. Much like how Lendl lacked the natural raw gifts of a McEnroe or Borg, Elena may not be as talented as Serena or Justine Henin, but she certainly outworked them all.

3. Be open to new suggestions

Elena Dementieva wanted our opinions and coaching. Elena was always prepared to hear the truth and wanted to improve always.
We worked hard on her serve and movement forwards up inside the court so that she could take balls earlier, as well as her movement in transitioning to the net. She absorbed all the information presented to her and here she was at #3 in the world, that was something that really stood out to me. Every time she was there, and the students wouldn't put the work in, I would often tell them that if Elena has a lot to learn, then so do you - If it is good enough for her, it is good enough for everyone else.

Club players need to absorb as much information as they can, as long as the information is all a part of the plan that they are on. Yes, I believe that every tennis player at any and every level should have a developmental plan, and that the player should be a student of the game, much like Elena was. Dementieva may not be the most famous Russian female player of all time but I do believe she got the absolute most out of her game. She may go down as one of the most underrated players of all time. She knew that her hard work paid off and so did our coaching staff. As coaches, we acknowledge it as a privilege to work with students at all levels who are super hard workers and who are willing to learn and improve.

Elena spent a few weeks training at The Harold Solomon Tennis Institute before the summer of 2008 began. During this summer she won a gold medal in singles at the Beijing Olympic Games and reached the semi finals of the US Open. After winning gold, Elena sent the coaches at the Institute a text that simply said "got the gold". A gold medal that was well deserved.
To be the best you can be, learn from the best.​


BTW I'm still waiting for news or pics Lena give me something
Apr 6th, 2016 06:14 AM
Re: Elena Dementieva Fans Club Vol 8

hello guys!
I just read Maxim's interview for Vityaz fans and it wasn't that interesting except for a few questions related to his family. Lena-related news are so limited that I think is worth sharing this with you. (btw I can't believe is april and still no pictures of her)
Anyway, here are some of the questions Maxim's fans sent.

How do you spend time with your family?

- I have a little daughter Veronika, she is almost two. I spend all my free time at home with my family. In winter, we have tried to put our daughter on the skates. She loved it, but only after a couple of minutes, she wanted to take them. Well, the next day she wanted to go again to the ice...

Hello Maxim. During the season do you and your wife live in Podolsk?

- No, we live in Moscow and in the country

The other question was how he met Lena but we all know the answer.
Apr 5th, 2016 09:54 PM
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here Iva! and the others offcourse! Keep up the good work! A shame i cannot come online as i love/like too... But lurking around here is always a good idea... Like i said keep up the good work!
Mar 28th, 2016 07:08 PM
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Damn, it's so quiet here...

As you might know, Marat Safin was included in the tennis hall of fame and at the press conference he shared his thoughts that from a Russian's point of view, Lena and Kafelnikov deserve to be included.
This is the translated excerpts article, the original one is supposed to be this one, bit it doesn't load for me.
Mar 17th, 2016 07:10 PM
Maca.Lofish Lena!!! Give us a sign!!
Feb 20th, 2016 09:59 PM
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I thought I should drop by and say hello to my fellow Lena fanatics

Here are some bread crumbs I stumbled upon:

Lena jokingly texted Vesnina that she should work to change Bruno Soares's citizenship

Elizaveta Kulichkova said her idols in tennis are Lena and Clijsters
Feb 15th, 2016 01:02 AM
Re: Elena Dementieva Fans Club Vol 8

I hereby reaffirm my undying adoration of the Holy Mother of Moscow.

1 million JoLas cannot equal a single strand of hair from the Holy Bangs.

And that's no slight to JoLa.

Sent from Free App
Jan 12th, 2016 10:50 PM
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Happy new year to all! Hope 2016 will be great for all of us!. Been a while but i am back on and off! Always good to be back to the warm gardens of Edem!

Oh that Sirocco. Cool car i came across it Max' fb, A great car even great with Lena with bangs driving it and Myskina in the backsite.. Well count me in as well then!

And Maca thanks for your great work once again.. keep it up... That Lena foto is just Just like we know her
Jan 5th, 2016 04:36 PM
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Jan 5th, 2016 04:33 PM
Re: Elena Dementieva Fans Club Vol 8

I would never have guessed, what about Lena with bangs in a 1987 Scirocco with Myskina in the passenger seat....
Hows does that do it for ya?

EMT Job?
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