Elena Dementieva after her win over Camille Pin
Questions for Elena on Tuesday,
September 1, 2009
Q. Are you looking for real
estate here in New York City?
ELENA DEMENTIEVA: No, no.
Q. You've had a really great
career, won a lot of titles, won the gold medal. Do you
ever feel any sort of kinship with Dinara or Jankovic
that they've been No. 1 but haven't won a Grand Slam? Do
you feel maybe it's a little unfair or unlucky at this
ELENA DEMENTIEVA: Well, first of all, I don't compare
myself with anyone else. So it's hard to compare me for
Dinara or Jelena.
I think not to win a Grand Slam, it's not unfair and it's
not unlucky. It's just how it is. You know, you have to
work hard if you want to win it.
It's definitely a big goal in my career still. I'm just
trying to work hard and let's see if I can do it.
Q. All three of you are in the
top half. Do you feel like maybe it's your time, one of
you is due?
ELENA DEMENTIEVA: I don't look at the draw. I just take
one match at a time. It's a long way to go, especially
talking in the beginning of the first week. So, yeah, I
don't look at the draw that far.
Q. Yesterday Serena seemed more
excited talking about her side businesses, writing a
book. Do you have any side businesses?
ELENA DEMENTIEVA: I have no time for that. Too busy on
Q. There's been a lot of talk
about some of the serving on the women's tour. You're
someone who has actually turned the corner and improved
your serve. Why do you think it's a difficult stroke to
ELENA DEMENTIEVA: Well, it looks like this should be
the most easiest shot because you are the only one
responsible for that and you have all the time in the
world to make it happen.
I just guess everyone has, you know, different problems,
something to improve in the game. For me it was the
But I still feel like it's not about one particular shot.
You know, you really have to be into the game. You really
have to, you know, really play and not to say, How is my
serve or my return, backhand or forehand? It's a game.
Q. Have you come into New York
feeling more confident, or is this about as confident as
you have felt?
ELENA DEMENTIEVA: I just like to play here, you know. I
play my first semis here. I just have so many great
memories playing on center, you know, just on this
Every time I come, I feel very exciting.
Q. How do you feel about the way
you played today? It clearly was one sided. Is this what
you were looking for in your first round match?
ELENA DEMENTIEVA: Yeah, I think it was a good start for
the week. I was pretty aggressive today. I think the most
important thing was, you know, be focused on the game and
not to get her rhythm, which was quite slow.
You know, I'm glad I was able to stay all the way and not
to lose my concentration.
Q. Do you know anything about
your next opponent, Melanie Oudin?
ELENA DEMENTIEVA: I heard about her. Had a big game
against Jelena Jankovic in Wimbledon. I didn't see the
match. I know she's very talented, young player. Well,
never play against her before, so it will be our first
Elena Dementieva losses her match against
The new Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Rankings has
been released Elena Dementieva moves to number 4, Maria
Sharapova to 30 and Alisa Kleybanova to 28.
Elena Dementieva wins the Rogers Cup
Tournament in Toronto by defeating Maria Sharapova in 2
Maria Sharapova moves on the final of the
Rogers Cup in Toronto by defeating Alisa Kleybanova
Elena Dementieva defeats Serena Williams and
moves on the final of the Rogers Cup in Toronto
Elena Dementieva wins her match at the
Rogers Cup in Toronto against Samantha Stosur