Elena Dementieva

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Current Tournament

Flushing Meadows, New York
August 27-Sep 9
Grand Slam

2R: Bammer[19] def Dementieva[14] 6-1 6-2
2R: Dementieva[14] def Cetkovska 6-3 6-2
1R: Dementieva[14] def Cohen-Aloro 6-4 6-3
2R: Dementieva/Pennetta vs Raymond/Stosur[2]
1R: Dementieva/Pennetta def Laine/Wozniacki 6-4 6-1
Next Tournament/s
US Open Aug 27-Sep 9
WTA Rankings
1. Henin, Justine [1]
2. Sharapova, Maria [2]
3. Jankovic, Jelena [3]
4. Kuznetsova, Svetlana [5]
5. Ivanovic, Ana [4]
6. Chakvetadze, Anna [6]
7. Mauresmo, Amelie [7]
8. Petrova, Nadia [9]
9. Williams, Serena [8]
10. Bartoli, Marion[11]
11. Hantuchova, Daniela[10]
12. Schnyder, Patty [12]
13. Dementieva, Elena [15]
14. Williams, Venus[13]
15. Vaidisova, Nicole [14]
16. Safina, Dinara [16]
17. Hingis, Martina [17]
18. Golovin, Tatiana [18]
19. Peer, Shahar[19]
20. Bammer, Sybille [20]
Sony Ericsson Race
1. Henin 3675
2. Jankovic 3475
3. Ivanovic 2707
4. Kuznetsova 2546
5. Sharapova 2340
6. Williams, S. 2141
7. Chakvetadze 2106
8. Williams, V. 1740
9. Petrova 1698
10. Hantuchova 1684
16. Dementieva 1357
Past Tournament

New Haven, Connecticut
August 20-26
Tier 2

QF: Kuznetsova[1] def Dementieva[6] 4-6 6-3 3-0 ret. (nausea)
QF: Dementieva[6] def Bartoli[3] 6-4 6-2
2R: Dementieva[6] def Harkleroad 6-1 7-6(6)
1R: Dementieva[6] def Santangelo 6-2 3-6 6-0
Not entered
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
As the 2007 season goes into full swing, controversies and rumours starts milling around the WTA tour. Here's one I got from TR.net:

TennisReporters.net friend and Russian reporter Alexi Tolkachev passed this
important piece of news along: At the end of the year, when asked in a
Russian-language interview whether she was aware that Maria Sharapova had joined the Russian Fed Cup team, Elena Dementieva reportedly replied, "No, I haven't heard about that. Is what she said in a press conference? At this point, it's
hard for me to picture myself on the same team with Sharapova. She had said so
many times that she would play for Russia, and there were always some reasons
why she couldn't. I would not be surprised if she changed her mind again closer
to the match."

That's' completely in line with what Dementieva said to Tolkachev and I before Sharapova made herself available, but is a bit surprising given that the comments came after Sharapova said she'd play the April tie. Plus, Dementieva has always had high praise for Sharapova's game. What we do know is that Sharapova took it upon herself to announce for the team before she even told captain Shamil Tarpischev. It would look awful if she backed out, so unless she's injured, I'd slot her in for the April tie. But will Dementieva show up if Maria plays?

We are all very aware of the animosity between Maria Sharapova and the Russian players and we all know that Elena and Maria are far from being friends but they were never really enemies. Anyway, to answer Cronin's question... I still believe that Elena will play for Fedcup even if Maria is on the team too. We all know how patriotic Elena is, and the presence of a fellow Russian such as Maria won't stop her from helping bring glory to her mother land.

The thing about Cronin's news is that it was originally in the russian language and was translated to English so context-wise, what Elena said might have been misinterpreted particularly this line: "At this point, it's hard for me to picture myself on the same team with Sharapova. She had said so many times that she would play for Russia, and there were always some reasons why she couldn't." Could it be that what she meant with that statement is that while Sharapova had committed herself to the tie, it's very hard to see them play together because as in the past, Sharapova had made herself available but never played. Maybe Elena thinks that there's a possibility that Maria would back out again in the last minute so she thinks they won't be playing on the same team. There may be some animosity between the two but I think, in the end, they'll play together if both of them were nominated in the tie.

I'll just add that in previous interviews, Elena has already stated that she will play no matter who's on the team as long as she is nominated and she also said that it will be great for their country if Maria will play for Russia. Elena has high regards for Maria's game and I believe that there is no hatred between them.

Update: The 2nd round match between Dementieva and Li in Sydney is underway and going far. They are tied a set piece and Elena just broke Li in the first game. Good luck Elena!
posted by mjgrace22 @ 11:56 AM  
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