About the fact that Elena Dementieva isdisposed to finish her career in the present season, I learned evenat the beginning of the year from conversation with her mom. And toldher at the same time that, from my point of view, this decision ispremature, since with concentration on the majors and correctpreparation for them Lena still has the power to win not onlyRoland Garros or US Open, but even Wimbledon, where she wasable to reach the semi-finals twice. Nevertheless in recent yearsLena to a considerable degree corrected her serve, with which she hadlong suffered, more diverse became her technical--tactical arsenal –(on the whole, it was located in the [igrotskom] search. Andcompletely it could still add - percentages to fifteen.) (translationuncertain)
Practically I do not doubt: carefullyshaping her calendar of appearances our Olympic champion ofBeijing-2008 could finally earn the title of the conqueror of a major- the only large title absent from her collection. On the whole, ifwe do not take into consideration circumstances of a personal andfamily nature, which, probably, accompanied Lena’s decision aboutwithdrawal, I am now ready to say that she left somewhat alittle early.
However, it by no means seems fantasticto me the version in which Dementieva still will return.Indeed a tennis player with such strong feet, as in it they, as arule, preserve the necessary level of physical readiness evenafter a long interruption in appearances. It would be in anyevent healthy, if Lena remained in that form of the sport, to whichshe dedicated her youth. Therefore I proposed to her the postof Vice President of the Russian Tennis Federation. I thinkwork in this capacity could become for Dementieva a good launch padon the way to the future.
However, vital prospects for Lena arevery good. Indeed such a nature, which combines diligence anddiscipline, fanatic devotion to tennis and the objective evaluationof her place in the life, probably no one has more than our tennisplayer. Possessing the natural gift of contact, Dementieva is heldwell in the public esteem. She freely speaks two foreign languages,already in the second year of studies at the pedagogical university.
But still she demonstrates adistinguished patriotism – a quality, which now is infrequentlyencountered in young people. Therefore I am simply obligated to thankLena that she always efficiently represented Team Russia in thegoblet of federation and never asked anything for this.
To take at least a last example - theidiotic situation, into which we because of the volcanic eruption,temporary cancellation of aviation and numerous injuries before theApril match against the team of the USA. When I explained all this toDementieva, being at that time in America, she without further wordsagreed to play, having categorically foregone material compensation.By the way, in that duel Lena brought to the team two points, and,had we taken a third, I do not doubt, they would win in this year’sFed Cup, since in the home final against team Italy they have couldadvanced the strongest composition.
The first among our tennis players towin silver and gold of the Olympic Games, Dementieva for the entirelength of her career by her behavior demonstrated devotion tocountry. Therefore it is absolutely correct that she is the first inRussian tennis honored with three orders - friendships in 2001, honor2009 and “for services to the fatherland” fourth degree veryrecently.
The stars of the WTA tour touchinglycarried out Lena at the year end tournament in Doha. For my part, Iwish her, in the first place, personal happiness, in the secondplace, fulfillment of all her desires, and, thirdly so that thematter, to which she will dedicate her life, in the course of timewould become her pastimes. Because when work and enthusiasm coincide,man is happy most of all.
Shamil Tarpischev - member of theInternational Olympic Committee, the President of the federation oftennis of Russia, the captain of the composite of the country in thegoblets of Davis and federation.
Shamil couldnot be clearer. He speaks from the heart of Russia and Elena’s fansaround the globe. By all means the Vice Presidency, but he goesfurther—effectively assuring Elena of the RTF’s support for herto concentrate all efforts on the majors. Hey, this is no more thanthe USTA—andtheir government--provide the star American women!
Hurrah forTarpischev! The very soul of Russia and all her friends demand farmore than a medal! Raise Elena to the pedestal she deserves and BRINGHER BACK!!!
I FEEL GOOGLED...[8-|] and so must feel PAUL PIPKIN without whom this article wouldn't exist!!!
YOU KNOW GUYS, THAT'S THE MAN U CUT-OFF, CENSORED AWAY FROM THIS FORUM!!!
PAUL DID EVERYTHING SO THIS FORUM COULD WORK DECENT, FROM STREAMLINES OVER WELL-WRITTEN
ARTICLES ABOUT MASHA, ELENA AND ALL THE OTHER WTA-GIRLS.
U SHOULD BE ASHAMED AND BOW YOUR CORRUPT (talking)-HEADS FOR THIS MAN...RESPECT!!!![H]