Dementieva, who went to the final of the 2004 French Open (where she lost to Anastasia Myskina of Russia) and the 2004 U. Open (where she lost to Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia), beat Serena Williams in the quarterfinals of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Elena was playing so well and has beaten me in matches in the past,” said Serena.
“When she had that match point, I just thought ‘ace’.
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Vera Zvonareva (26 ans, 3e mondiale) avait adressé un vibrant hommage à sa copine lors de l'annonce de sa retraite au sommet de son art (elle était classée 9e mondiale), la décrivant comme "une source d'inspiration", et assistait évidemment à son bonheur, tout comme Dinara Safina (ex-n°1, aujourd'hui 69e), Svetlana Kuznetsova (12e), Elena Vesnina (33e), Vera Dushevina (57e), Ekaterina Makarova (41e).