Just a quick shout-out to Elena Dementieva for finally coming out of her slump and beating Serena Williams in the Kremlin Cup final! It’s been a tough year for my favorite second-tier Russian, slipping out of the top ten because of a rib injury and winning just one title (in Istanbul after her opponent, Aravane Rezai, retired in the third.) This victory is sweet for other reasons – it’s the first time she’s won her hometown tournament, after being the runner-up in ’01 and ’04, and it’s her first win over Serena in five tries.
How great to see Elena back in form – I love her fitness, gorgeous ground strokes, ability to fight past her serve, awesome Yonex outfits, and visor/braid/ponytail flip hairstyle. I have a girl-crush on her, to be honest. Wouldn’t it be fantastic if she and Marat fell in love and had bionic children together?
Serena had a good tournament, but this loss is still a bit puzzling. After all, Elena’s never even taken a set off of her before. Here’s ReRe’s take: “I made a lot of errors; every ball I hit I felt was going out, and so it was really frustrating. I’m not going to make excuses though – it wasn’t the court or anything else – it was me. I thought she played unbelievably. I think she should play like that more often.”