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Maria Kirilenko: What she said, really meant and definitely did not

Maria Kirilenko at Wimbledon 2007

What she said:

"I didn’t catch the bouquet. All the girls tried to catch it but Dushevina came out from somewhere and stole it from me! I said okay, whatever."

Maria Kirilenko is none-too-perturbed about missing out on the bouquet at the wedding of her friend, Elena Dementieva. Dementieva married NHL star, Maxim Afinogenov, on the 16th of July, 2011 in Moscow.

What she really meant:

“All that practice catching tennis balls from ballboys (and ballgirls) came to naught. You see, there’s no mad scramble for those, on-court.”

What she definitely didn’t:

’Okay, whatever’ wins me tennis matches.”

Tennis bids farewell to Elena Dementieva : Has the romance faded?

DOHA, QATAR - OCTOBER 29: Elena Dementieva (C) of Russia, flanked by her mother Vera Dementieva (L) and Vera Zvonareva of Russia, receives a standing ovation at a ceremony to announce her retirement after her match against Francesca Schiavone during day four of the WTA Championships at the Khalifa Tennis Complex on October 29, 2010 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

The retirement of Elena Dementieva comes as a bit of a shock and surprise to her many fans. She was one Russian player who always seemed on the cusp of usurping a Grand Slam but just could not pull it off. She came close twice—each time losing to her fellow Russian contemporaries,  Svetlana Kuznetsova and Anastasia Myskina.

Elena does have the consolation of winning a Gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Elena, how could you disappoint us so?

Elena Dementieva spent fourteen long years on the tour. Can the younger lot match up? What if success does not come that easy? Are they willing to struggle the way Elena did and the way Sharapova is right now?

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Tennis Bytes: Wozniacki stays No. 1

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark reacts to her win over Francesca Schiavone of Italy during their WTA Tour Championships tennis match in Doha October 28, 2010. REUTERS/Fadi Al-Assaad (QATAR - Tags: SPORT TENNIS IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Caroline Wozniacki ensured that she retained her No. 1 ranking for the year by winning her first match at the WTA Doha championships.

She beat Francesca Schiavone 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 in three sets.

Vera Zvonareva stays No. 2  behind the sizzling Dane.

It would have been interesting if Zvonareva had come through to be ranked No.1.

I wonder how many instances are there of two different players ranked No. 1 in the same year without ever having won a Grand Slam?

Any bets as to which of these two will clinch a Slam first?

Samantha Stosur lost to Elena Dementieva 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4) in her third round robin match.

But her earlier victories against Wozniacki and Schiavone have propelled her into the semi-finals.

Clijsters, too, has made her way to the semis triumphing over Victoria Azarenka 6-4, 5-7, 6-1.

All Time No. 1s in Women’s Tennis

Minds are like parachutes. They only function when they are open.


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