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Fully-fit Dementieva ready for claycourt season
CHARLESTON, South Carolina, April 11 (Reuters) - Russian Elena Dementieva makes a belated start to the claycourt season at the Family Circle Cup this week, the first step on what she hopes will lead to glory at next month's French Open.
The world number five lost to compatriot Anastasia Myskina in the final at Roland Garros last year and was then beaten by another Russian, Svetlana Kuznetsova, in the U.S. Open final.
The hip injury that caused her to miss last week's Amelia Island Championship has cleared up and having risen to a career-high number five this year, the 23-year-old will be among the favourites in Paris.
"I think last year was amazing for me, reaching two grand slam finals," she said.
"And when you've been in two grand slam finals, the next thing is to win one."
Though she beat several top 10 players on her way to the finals in Paris and New York, Dementieva has been criticised for her weak serve, which has been her Achilles heel over the past couple of years.
The Russian has been working hard to improve it, but said she doesn't see it as a significant weakness.
"I think I took a big lesson from the finals," she said. "I know I have to improve my serve but I really don't think it's a problem.
"In practice and in exhibitions I am serving well. I just need to keep doing that. I am a tall girl and my serve can really help me but I can't worry about it when I get on the court. I just have to go out and play."
Such is the strength of the rest of her game that many feel Dementieva would be pushing for the world number one spot if she had a serve comparable to her rivals, particularly Lindsay Davenport and Serena Williams.
Dementieva, though, said it was not that simple.
"Just look at Andy Roddick," she said. "He has the biggest serve on the men's tour and he's not the number one because other parts of his game are not so good.
"I think it's more important to have the desire and the other parts of your game."
Dementieva's desire is not in question, and her consistency, athleticism and competitiveness make her a factor every week she plays.
This week, though, the Russian warned not to expect too much of her.
"I feel pretty good," she said. "I really couldn't play last week but my hip is getting better and I'm ready to play.
"But this is my first week on clay so it's going to be quite difficult because it's definitely more work on clay."
Dementieva, seeded second here behind world number one Lindsay Davenport, will open her title challenge on Tuesday or Wednesday against fellow Russian Alina Jidkova in the second round.