Elena Dementieva – Russian tennis player
Elena Dementieva is a Russian professional tennis player, Olympic Champion, TV host, Honored Master of Sports of Russia.
Elena was born on October 15, 1981 in Moscow. Her father worked as an engineer and her mother was the daughter’s coach. Elena has a brother Vsevolod. Dementieva was involved in tennis at the age of seven. Her first coach was Rauza Islanova.
Dementieva played and won her first international tournament, Les Petits As, in France at the age of 13. In 1997, she entered the WTA top 500.
In 1998, Dementieva became a professional player and entered the top 100 in 1999.
18-year-old Elena won the silver in the women’s singles at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and the gold at the Beijing Games in 2008.
Elena Dementieva has made two Slam finals and six other semifinals in her career. She has made the semifinals of the U.S. Open three other times (2000, 2005, 2008) and been a semifinalist at the Australian Open once (2009) and at Wimbledon twice (2008, 2009). In the 2009 Wimbledon semifinals, considered the finest match of the ladies’ tournament that year, Dementieva had a match point against eventual champion Serena Williams before falling. (The match was the longest women’s Wimbledon semi-final in the Open Era.)
Dementieva achieved a career-high ranking of World No. 3, which was accomplished on 6 April 2009.
Dementieva struggled with injuries but still won two titles.
On October 29, 2010 Elena announced her retirement, after her final match at the 2010 WTA Tour Championships. Dementieva ended her career ranked World No. 9.
In 2005, Dementieva starred in Russian singer Igor Nikolaev’s music video for the song “How beautiful you are”.
In October 2011, Elena became a TV presenter. She replaced Maria Kozhevnikova in the program Kitchen on KHL-TV. Later she collaborated with NTV –Plus, commenting on the matches at Grand Slam tournaments. She was a host of her program Taste of Victory.
Elena is fluent in English and French. She enjoys snowboarding, reading, baseball and traveling.
Elena has homes in Monaco, Moscow and Boca Raton, Florida.
On July 16, 2011 Dementieva married hockey player Maxim Afinogenov in Moscow. And on April 20, 2014 she gave birth to daughter Veronica.