At the 2008 Olympics, Russian athletes did very well winning medals and glory for their country. Last month Russian President Dmitry Medvedev awarded Russian Beijing Olympics winners and medalists with state honors. Not only are they gifted athletes but many of the Olympians are incredibly hot Russian women. One Russian woman who can bring home the gold and look like a million rubles doing it is tennis star Elena Dementieva.
Born in Moscow in 1981, Dementieva got the tennis bug from tennis playing parents. At the age of 7, she tried out for two tennis clubs, Dynamo Sports Club and the Central Red Army Tennis. Turned down for both she became a member of the Spartak Tennis Club where she refined her game for 3 years. By age 11 her game improved so much that the Central Red Army Tennis Club wanted to be a member. At the age of 13, she played and won her first international tournament in France. In 1997, she entered the Women’s Tennis Association top 500. Elena turned pro in 1998 and a year later she entered the WTA’s top 100.
Hitting the Big Time
In the 1999 Fed Ex Cup, Elena made her mark on the world by upsetting favorite Venus Williams and securing Russia’s only point in the tournament. Soon she was competing in the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open where she reached the third round. In 2000, she entered the WTA top 20 and became the first Russian woman to reach the US Open semifinals. She took the Silver Medal at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney and was named the WTA’s Most Improved Player for 2000.
Elena has won several tournaments on the tennis circuit. At the US Open she has been runner-up at the 2002, 2004 and 2005 tournaments, and the 2004 French Open. Last year she won the Gold Medal at the Beijing Olympics. Currently, Dementieva is ranked 4th in the world by the WTA.
Off the Court
Off the tennis court Elena divides her time between homes in Monaco, Moscow and Boca Raton, Florida. Elena has two dogs that she calls home to speak with everyday while traveling and despite having a home in Monaco she is not a gambler. Her big weakness is dark chocolate. She says whenever she is in Switzerland she buys extra packages.
Elena has been feature in several magazines including the January 2009 issue of Marie Claire Magazine’s Russian edition. Remember here on HotRussianBrides.com you can see some of Elena’s fellow beautiful countrywomen and time you want.