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Dec. 23rd, 2010 | 06:06 pm
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Elena Dementieva - Underachiever or Grand Slam Bridesmaid

Oct. 16th, 2010 | 12:31 am
posted by: torrrn in edementinator

By RohitSharma (TennisEarth.com)

Russian star Elena Dementieva has been considered by many tennis critics as the finest slam-less player of her generation. But at 29, when most of her contemporaries are multiple Grand slam champions, Dementieva's flop show is continuing to haunt her career.

Martina Navratilova - Whoever said, "It's not whether you win or lose that counts," probably lost.

During my days as a struggling tennis player, I was told by my coach that there are only a few things that seperate a champion from the rest - the hunger to win, the hatred to lose and the willingness to do the same things differently. There are no shortcuts and negativity is the doorway to failure.

I never turned out well during my short tennis career but I got an opportunity to see my Coach's golden words come true in the form of success of players like Roger Federer, Williams sisters, Martina Hingis and most recently Rafael Nadal. Although, being on the receiving end myself in most of the matches I played, I always felt for the players who could not go ALL THE WAY, despite their fantastic game and attributes that are necessary to win big in the sport. Perhaps thats the reason why me along with many other fans cherished Jana Novotna, Goran Ivanisevic and Amelie Mauresmo's maiden ( and in most cases, only ) Grand Slam triumphs. But there is one thing which is common in all of them - FRAGILE TEMPERAMENT. All these stars had, at many occasions in their career, lost matches after being on the verge of victory.

And in the current tennis circuit, if there is one such player who somehow falls in the same lineage, then it's Elena Dementieva. A two time slam finalist, Russian star Elena Dementieva has a history of losing matches after holding formidable leads and even match points. Dementieva held a match point in the second set and was up a break in the decider in her 2009 Wimbledon semifinal against Serena Williams. But the Russian saw her nerves get the better of her and lost the marathon semifinal after two hours and 49 minutes of  play, the longest recorded women's match in the championship's history.

A month later, when Dementieva settled scores with Williams en route to title triumph in Cincinnati, several tennis pundits ( including me) considered her to be the favourite for the title in New York. Although, Melanie Oudin surfaced from nowhere and not only beat Dementieva in the second round, but also became the story of the tournament.

It all started when Dementieva raised expectations by reaching two slam finals in 2004 and became a part of the popular 'Russian-Revolution' in women's tennis. Dementieva gradually scored wins over all the top ranked players including Venus Williams, Lindsay Davenport and Serena Williams and gave a fine testimonial of her capabilities. But one thing that kept bothering her was her error count, a result of her nervy play and fragile temperament.

When things start to go wrong in a match for Dementieva, she becomes weakest on her serve, with double faults creeping in to make things easier for opponents. She once double faulted 19 times in a single match and hit serves with a speed as low as 50 mph, which is a clear sign of low self confidence and absolute surrender in adverse circumstances. This year itself, Dementieva gave up in several such matches the most famous of which was her second round encounter against Belgian Justine Henin. Despite holding set points in both the first and second set, the Russian fell victim to her nerves and gave Henin an opportunity which she capitalised on till the finals. Similarly, she squandered 4 match points against Samantha Stosur at the US Open this year. She also had back-to-back losses handed by Caroline Wozniacki, who was trailing by a final set break on both occasions before getting lucky by Dementieva's erratic play. Although, Dementieva does have a few good come-from-behind wins to her resume too, including her fantastic recovery in a round robin match against Venus Williams last season in Doha, the absence of a 'winning stroke' in her game sees her strategy fall apart like a house of cards.

While serving for the match in the deciding fifth set of 2001 Wimbledon final, Goran Ivanisevic said that he felt excruciating pain in his forearm and could not even lift it to swing his racquet. That's the amount of pressure a players faces when the personal history has been very less-than-impressive.

American Venus Williams is considered the most gifted athlete in women's tennis. Though it's hard to believe that at the turn of the millennium, Venus was tagged a 'choker' for blowing away formidable leads in matches. Venus' style of play does not believe in compromises, which she used to her advantage and continued to hit the balls as hard as she could, thereby maintaining the self belief without a worry of the error count, which eventually resulted in No.1 ranking and seven Grand Slam titles. The only difference between Dementieva and Williams is that one continues to believe in her strategy till the end whereas the other keeps making adjustments as per her opponents momentary aggression.

Dementieva has made as many as seven Grand Slam semifinals and two finals with her best chance coming this year against Francesca Schiavone where she was forced to retire due to an injury, thereby giving way to a surprise winner in the Italian veteran.

Dementieva must draw inspiration from players like Francesca Schiavone and Jana Novotna, who overcame their biggest rival, the 'nerves' to emerge victorious at Grand Slam level.

Dementieva has both the game and the fitness to beat the best in the business. She once quoted -  ''I'm getting older, and I haven't won a Grand Slam, so that's really what I'm thinking about all the time.'' With two Olympic medals, 16 WTA singles trophies and several tie-winning Fed Cup triumphs, Dementieva is just seven consecutive match wins away from completing her lifelong dream of becoming a Grand Slam champion. The time and venue is for this feisty Russian to decide, the fans are waiting anyway......!

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Sep. 2nd, 2010 | 11:33 pm
posted by: torrrn in edementinator

Dear all,

does anyone have photo on 6:19 in this video? Where is it from?


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Aug. 29th, 2010 | 11:11 pm
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Jun. 2nd, 2010 | 10:28 pm
posted by: hopelesshours in edementinator

Guys... Elena is a semi-finalist at The French Open. I cannot express the joy I felt seeing her come through her draw -- no, it hasn't been her worst one, but she's injured, has been moving slowly, serving poorly, spending most of her matches being dragged from left to right along the baseline and has overcome herself to get here. I'm so, so thrilled. I can hardly contain it. In honour of this achievement (after two consecutive second round Grand Slam losses -- US Open, Australian Open -- and her third round loss at Roland Garros last year) and the fleeting relief/joy us Lena fans have experienced, I have pictures. I also have icons, if you'd like. You're welcome to use them. I apologise that they're black and white, but...it's my thing, because I'm not particularly creative and it's safe but pretty still.

Elena Spam, Roland Garros 2010.

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(The last isn't RG-related, but it's my favourite photo of Elena.) I will try to update more frequently. Until then, pray for Elena.

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Elena - Miami!

Mar. 25th, 2010 | 12:54 pm
posted by: hopelesshours in edementinator

Elena update. I've fallen very behind, but I'll do my best to keep this comm active. Not too thrilled about Miami, given the draw. :'( But Elena is looking fantastic.

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Elena won an award in Miami! Acceptance photos beneath the cut & some presser ones, too. :)Collapse )

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Australian Open & Sydney Medibank International :(

Jan. 15th, 2010 | 02:43 pm
posted by: hopelesshours in edementinator

My photos/videos from the Sydney Medibank International -- I've linked the Elena Dementieva tag specifically.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/46578819@N06/tags/elenadementieva/

Also -- worst news, ever... Elena will probably face Justine Henin 2R of the Australian Open. :((((((

F*#K

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My experience of "meeting" Elena @ the Sydney International, 2010

Jan. 10th, 2010 | 09:14 pm
posted by: hopelesshours in edementinator

Sorry to not have updated over the Summer -- I know Elena has been very busy in Malaysia & then in Perth, playing Hopman Cup for Russia. That was a disappointment, but Elena performed very well *she even aced Andy Murray, lmao*. But something very exciting happened to me today...

I saw Elena today, for the first time ever! :) I was actually quite disappointed at the time - not because Elena wasn't lovely... she totally was, but she was a little rushed after practice unfortunately, & she didn't look very genuinely happy, just kind of tired (Jankovic, too). I nervously passed on something to her that I made (just a crappy little gift, because I'm awkward) & she said "oh, thank you", quickly signed a flag & a few friends' things and moved across the tiny crowd that'd gathered & was so sweet. Very friendly. A friend I was with noticed Elena politely refused to take a photo with someone, though (she professed she was rushing!)...I am *so* glad that wasn't me facing that kind of rejection (too shy to even ask for a photo...I had to be prompted by a friend to just approach her), I would've just died of disappointment. Anyway, so I come bearing a few photos - from her amazing match against Schiavone (don't know how it looked on television, but it was great live...apart from a few shoddy drop shot attempts ;)), as well as her practice session which was really strong. I'll also post a video of this & her match point either separately or within this post ASAP. Elena's looking good, guys, but I should note something that surprised me - she was a lot slimmer, young looking & shorter than I expected in person (and more beautiful, as if that was possible?), it was surreal. Sorry for the poor stadium shots - I had distant (but well placed) seats & was forced to use a 16x zoom...I have better ones for Tuesday. Does anyone else here besides Kait have a Twitter? I'm @mayabg, if you want to follow...I have a list of players I saw/met (Vika, Jankovic, Serena Williams, etc.) & if you're interested, I can send you photos. I can only hope tomorrow is a quarter as good as today was!

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Dec. 19th, 2009 | 11:14 am
mood: enviousenvious
music: What About Now - Westlife
posted by: dinglehoppers in edementinator

Just wanna say... ELENA IS IN TOWN BABEH!!!!!!!!

Elena, Sania Mirza, Maria Kirilenko and Zheng Jie are here for the GLAM SLAM OF TENNIS and we're all an excited bunch here. However, it pains me to say that I didn't go to the meet-the-fans session, nor am I going to the actual event. SOB.

To quote a friend who went to the autograph session: "of all the four girls, I would say that I love Dementieva the most! I've never met a player so friendly... she would look deep in your eyes, greet you and give you a big smile! *faint*"

Aww. That's why we love her. :D <3

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ETA Oops I just saw the previous post.

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Elena in Kuala Lumpur for Exhibition

Dec. 19th, 2009 | 12:23 pm
posted by: hopelesshours in edementinator

Photos of Elena with Maria Kirilenko, Sania Mirza and Jie Zheng from the 18th :)

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