Maybe I'm taking a little easier now, but it doesn't mean that I don't care." Dementieva is hoping to regain her form in time for the US Open, which starts on August 30.South Padre boasts 300 days of gorgeous warm sunshine every year, but even its stormy days have a wild, windy beauty all their own."Elena has been a champion and consummate professional on and off the court throughout her career," said WTA chairman Stacey Allaster."She has also been a catalyst for the growth of the sport in Russia and around the world.We will miss her and wish her the best of luck." Among her other achievements, Dementieva won silver at the Sydney Olympics in 2000, led Russia to Fed Cup victory in 2005 and reached a career-high of three in the world in 2009.The retired Russian player has always been low-key about everything she does.On seven other occasions she reached the semi-finals at Grand Slam events but she could never return to a final, with her dramatic defeat by Serena Williams at Wimbledon last year particularly emotional as the American saved a match point.It proved to be Dementieva's last match at Wimbledon as she missed out this year with a calf injury, ending a run of 46 consecutive appearances at Grand Slams.
Montreal Canadiens star Max Pacioretty was in attendance. Afinogenov, who played a decade in the NHL, mostly with with the Buffalo Sabres, and Dementieva had been dating forever.
Pacioretty is reportedly engaged, with a summer wedding planned, to Afinogenov’s sister Katia Afinogenova, a 24-year-old stunner with more than a passing resemblance to Maria Kirilenko. Rumours of their engagement go back about four years.
I needed to take a break and my physio told me I'd need six months to get back on court again."During that period of time, I thought maybe it'd be great to have a family, because I couldn't do what I love to do; I couldn't do any sports.
It's nice to see her looking forward to something new in her life. She won 16 singles titles during her 12-year career on the WTA Tour and six in doubles, earning almost £9m in prize money.
"She has been one of the most professional players, one of the nicest girls on the court." Fellow Russian and world number two, Vera Zvonareva, added: "Elena is a great player and I think she has been a great inspiration for a lot of young Russians. Born and raised in Moscow, Dementieva was a key figure as Russian players became a powerful force, in the women's game especially, during the last decade.
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