Dementieva har alltid vært blant de mest hardtarbeidende spillerne, og også en av de mest sympatiske. Du finner en bra oversikt over Dementievas karriere på Yahoo. Den mest talende er denne: I sju av de siste åtte årene har hun endt sesongen i topp 10. Jeg tror ikke så mange andre på touren i dag kan matche den.
Her bude jeg sikkert prøvd å plassere Dementieva i en historisk sammenheng, påpeke at serven hennes stinket og at hun aldri vant en Grand Slam-turnering. Men jeg gidder ikke. Dette er kvelden for å hedre en kanongod ambassadør for sporten, og ønske henne lykke til videre.
Her er Dementievas ord fra avslutningen i Doha i dag:
I’d like to thank all the people from the WTA – it was so nice to get to know all of you and work with you for so many years. I’m going to miss you so much. Thanks to all the players for the amazing experiences, all the years I spent on the court with you. And thanks to all the people around the world for supporting me, and my fan club, I could feel your support no matter where I was in the world. Thank you for your devotion. Most importantly, thanks to my family, especially my mom. You’ve been very supportive, encouraging, inspiring… you were always there for me. It was a long way and we did it together. I love you mom.
It’s so emotional. It’s hard to say goodbye. I’m going to miss you so much.
Russia is proud to have you. You’ve been a great inspiration and role model for kids. You’ve done so much, not just for Russian tennis but for Russian sport. The whole country is proud of you.
We kind of grew up together. I’ve been playing with her since the juniors. It’s nice to see her look forward to something new in her life. She’s been one of the most professional, nicest girls on tour. It will be rare to see another player like her.
Indeed. Takk for innsatsen, Elena![picappgallerysingle id=»10084995″]