23 Facts About Elena Dementieva

1. Elena Dementieva was known for her excellent athleticism and speed around the court.

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2. Elena Dementieva defeated Yaroslava Shvedova, Flavia Pennetta, 2nd seed Vera Zvonareva and 5th seed Francesca Schiavone, but eventually lost to Wozniacki.

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3. Elena Dementieva started her hard court campaign at Bank of the West Classic at Stanford, California, where she was the second seed.

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4. Elena Dementieva represented Russia in the semifinal round of the 2010 Fed Cup against the United States.

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5. Elena Dementieva was then the fifth seed at the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships.

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6. Elena Dementieva was seeded fifth at the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam event of the year.

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7. Elena Dementieva began the year representing Russia in the Hopman Cup partnering Igor Andreev.

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8. Elena Dementieva began the spring clay court season at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, a Premier event on the tour.

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9. Elena Dementieva was seeded fourth at the Australian Open and was one of three players who had a chance of being ranked world No 1 at the end of this tournament.

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10. At the US Open, Elena Dementieva was one of six players with the opportunity to be ranked world No 1 upon completion of the tournament.

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11. Elena Dementieva was the seventh-seeded player at the Tier I Qatar Telecom German Open in Berlin but reached the final, where she lost to 13th-seeded Dinara Safina.

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12. At the latter event, Elena Dementieva defeated Amelie Mauresmo and Daniela Hantuchova before losing to world No 1 Justine Henin in the quarterfinals.

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13. Elena Dementieva won two titles, reached three semifinals and five quarterfinals, and reached the fourth round at the Australian Open.

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14. Elena Dementieva qualified for the year-ending WTA Tour Championships for the seventh straight time, the only active player to do so.

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15. In 2005, Elena Dementieva reached six semifinals, the most important being at the US Open.

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16. Elena Dementieva finished the year in the top 10 for the first time.

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17. Elena Dementieva was the lowest seed to win the tournament in its 24-year history.

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18. Elena Dementieva played the most tournaments among year-end top 10 players and won US$869,740 in prize money.

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19. Elena Dementieva reached the final of that tournament, losing to Jelena Dokic.

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20. Elena Dementieva played and won her first international tournament, Les Petits As, in France at the age of 13.

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21. On 16 July 2011, Elena Dementieva married hockey player Maxim Afinogenov in Moscow.

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22. Elena Dementieva was born in Moscow to Viatcheslav, an electrical engineer, and Vera, a teacher—both recreational tennis players.

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23. Elena Dementieva achieved a career-high ranking of world No 3, which was accomplished on 6 April 2009.

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