August 27, 2008
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. I want to tell you that you have a huge number of fans in China, and
they really love you, you know, especially you're winning the special
gold medal in Beijing Olympic Games. But the question is, you could meet
Na Li in the fourth round if you both win the next match. That could be
a huge, tough battle for both of you. How do you think of her as a
ELENA DEMENTIEVA: Well, I was very impressed the way she was playing in
Beijing, you know, and especially after a long break. I know she was
injured, and it was very tough for her to come back.
But the way she was playing in Beijing was unbelievable, because she
beat so many great players, like Svetlana. The quality of the tennis
that she was able to produce was unbelievably amazing.
So, well, but there is one more match to play, you know, before, and
just want to focus on my next round. But for sure, you know, if I have
to face her it's going to be tough match.
Q. After winning the single match in Beijing Olympics, do you think you
are now into another level to be a great player? And also, Russia, how
do they react for your winning as the gold medalist in the Olympic
Games? That's the first time for women tennis to win a gold medal, you
ELENA DEMENTIEVA: Yeah, I mean, we had a very nice, you know,
celebration in Beijing, and with Russian Olympic team. Also a very nice
reception back home in Moscow. Not only my result, but Dinara and Vera,
all three of us. We were invited to our president, you know in a few ‑‑
Yeah, people are very happy for us. We had a lot of support back at
home, and just was very special moment for all of us.
Q. You said the other day you watched the closing ceremonies on Sunday
night, and you felt in a way that your mind and your heart were still in
Beijing. That that was a challenge, that you have to turn your focus now
and focus on the Grand Slam and that you clearly have come out with two,
especially today, two very strong outings. I mean, do you feel right now
that Beijing's fully behind you and you're locked and focused on this
ELENA DEMENTIEVA: Well, it will never be behind me. I mean, it's in my
heart, and I will never forget this moment. But I have to refocus, and I
have to do everything that's possible to play my best here, because it's
a Grand Slam. It's the last Grand Slam of the year, and I want to do
So it was really difficult in the beginning, you know, especially my
first match, because we didn't have enough time, you know, for the
But right now I feel better, and hopefully I will be better my next
Q. Do you feel great about the way you played today?
ELENA DEMENTIEVA: Well, I think this girl, the French girl, I think
maybe she was not playing at her best. Maybe she was a little bit
nervous. But it was quite difficult because of the wind, you know, and
So, yeah, I'm satisfied I was able to finish in two sets.
Q. What do you know about your next opponent?
ELENA DEMENTIEVA: Well, I never play against her actually. I don't know
much about her. I know she's a good player. She play a lot of good
groundstrokes, you know, very flat, so she likes to attack the ball.
We'll see. I've never played her before.
Q. How do you feel about the way you're serving now? I notice that
occasionally you'll have a game where you'll throw in maybe two double
faults, but you seem to have an amazing ability to bounce back mentally
ELENA DEMENTIEVA: Well, I've been working a lot, you know, on my serve,
and I'm still working. I can feel some improvement, but, I mean, it's
not perfect yet, and I continue to work on this.
Q. As a high‑profile member of the WTA, I was just curious what you
thought about what Ashley Harkleroad did to pose in Playboy. Is that
something good for sport, entertainment? Has there been any talk or
discussion between the WTA members?
ELENA DEMENTIEVA: I don't know what to say. I have no comment on this.
Q. Back to your serve, if you do struggle on your serve, what do you
focus on to get yourself back mentally into it and not to let it affect
ELENA DEMENTIEVA: Well, I always used to say myself, you know, it's not
about the serve. It's not about one particular shot. I don't want to
make it perfectly, you know. It's a game.
You have to find a way to make it better, to find a way to win, and this
is all about. So for me, you know, the most important is to stay
positive and to go through some difficult moments in the match and be
able to win when you're tired, when something gone wrong.
This is the most valuable, I think, in a good player.
Q. Talking about the WTA, people would say there's a time and place for
everything. Serena said it was not time for the Serbians. Do you think
that it's time for a Russian or an American again or, like, it's a
battle for everyone to compete for No. 1?
ELENA DEMENTIEVA: Well, we're going to see a lot of fight and battle
between all of the top 10 players, because, I mean, we stay all very
close in the No. 1 position.
Everyone wants to reach the top of the game, so it's quite open for a
lot of players for the moment. But I think it's very interesting for the
sport, because we're going to see a lot of competition, a lot of tough
matches because of this, and extra motivation for all of us. This is
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