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Elena Dementieva bids tearful adieu
« on: October 30, 2010, 11:24:24 AM »

Elena bids tearful adieu


Russia’s Elena Dementieva after announcing her retirement, in Doha, on Friday. (Reuters)

Doha: French Open champion Francesca Schiavone beat Elena Dementieva at the WTA Championships, on Friday, in a match overshadowed by the Russian’s surprise announcement that she is retiring from tennis.

Dementieva, who has struggled with injuries in 2010 and was eliminated, on Thursday, from reaching the semi-finals, made her announcement in a tearful ceremony surrounded by other players.

The 29-year-old Russian ended her 12-year career, which included two Grand Slam final appearances and an Olympic gold in Beijing, with a 6-4, 6-2 loss to Schiavone.

“It is so emotional. It is so hard to say goodbye. I am going to miss you so much,” Dementieva said.

Looking at her mom Vera in the stands, Dementieva said: “My mom was very supportive and inspiring. She was always there for me. It is emotional for her as well. I love you mom.”

Schiavone was among the players on hand to watch the ceremony.

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1101030/jsp/sports/story_13118854.jsp
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