Tuesday, 1 September 2009
ELENA DEMENTIEVA : A REASON TO WATCH WOMEN'S TENNIS
Name: Elena Dementieva
Birthdate: October 15, 1981
Birthplace: Moscow, then Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco
Plays: Right-handed with a double handed backhand
Height: 180 cm or 5ft 11in
-Travels the tennis circuit with her mother Vera, a schoolteacher.
-Joined elite Moscow sports club Spartak aged seven; was trained there by Rauza Islanova (mother of Marat Safin and Dinara Safina).
-Turned pro aged 17; rose from number 182 in the world in 1998 to number 12 in 2000; currently number 4 in the world.
-2008 season was her best to date, reaching semi-finals of Wimbledon and the US Open and winning an Olympic Gold medal.