Okay, imagine you are a millionaire tennis pro traveling the world with only your coach/hitting partner and your Sony Ericsson mobile phone for company. Who would you choose as your flesh and blood companion? Some old guy with a pot belly and two pack a day habit or Sergey Demekhine, a smoking hot former tennis pro/Abercrombie & Fitch model? Vera explains her staffing decision after winning her Wimbledon semifinal singles match vs. Tsvetana Pironkova on Thursday:
“I’ve known Sergei for many, many years. We actually won mixed doubles Russian championships one year. I think he was a good player. He stopped playing himself like a year ago, and I think he really enjoys coaching.
“He’s also the one who can hit with me on the court, so I don’t really need to find hitting partners. It’s very helpful.
“So for me it’s always a tough challenge against him. He’s playing good tennis. So, yeah, so far, you know, it’s working quite good.”
Yeah, I bet.
Vera will play Serena Williams in the Wimbledon singles final – her first time making it to a Major final in 30 tries. She’s also still in the doubles, playing Dulko/Pennetta in the semis with partner Elena Vesnina.
Oh, and here’s Vera: