Born on October 15, 1981, Elena Vyacheslavovna Dementieva was raised by tennis-loving parents in Moscow, Russia. At the age of 7, she was turned down by several famous sports clubs in Moscow for enrollment because of slight flaws. She was, however, later accepted at the prominent Spartak Club in Moscow, where she trained for 3 years. In tournaments, she would either seize the championship, if not, at least remain a runner-up. She thereafter trained in the Central Red Army Club until she turned pro.
Dementieva had her first taste of international tournament and success at Les Petit As in France at the age of 13. In 1998, she turned professional with a rank of World No. 98. Her rank was elevated to World No. 62 in 1999. That same year, she qualified to enter all Grand Slam events.
In 2000, she was able to penetrate at last, the top 12. During the 2000 Summer Olympics held in Australia, Dementieva lost the gold medal to Venus Williams and settled for a silver medal instead. In the same year, she was named at the Sanex WTA awards as the Most Improved Player for having beaten top seeds including then World No. 1 Lindsay Davenport at the age of 19 only.
Dementieva took the no. 1 spot among female tennis professional Russian players from Anna Kournikova in 2001. Despite losing in a number of games due to injuries, which restricted her movement in court, Dementieva still managed to triumph over then World No. 1 Martini Hingis.
In 2003, the Russian player infiltrated the top 10 by climbing to World No. 8. This year, she won her first WTA title in Florida at the Bausch & Lomb Championships, beating Lindsay Davenport.
The best year for Dementieva was in 2004, where she was able to experience her first and second Grand Slam finals - the French Open and U.S. Open, respectively. At the French Open, she lost to fellow Russian Anastasia Myskina. Her efforts to steal the U.S. Open title that year were also in vain when another Russian athlete, Svetlana Kuznetsova, beat her in the finals.
In 2005, she was the fourth runner-up at the Australian Open and helped Russia defeat France 3-2 in the final. In 2006, Dementieva’s aim to snag a Wimbledon title was not successful though she managed to remain as fourth runner-up. In 2007, she was dropped from the top 10 when she was pushed to World No. 11. In 2008, she managed to make a comeback and ranked World No. 8.
Dementieva to date far has 19 titles. Though she had once been World No. 5 in 2003, she has not won any Grand Slam tournament yet. She had her chance to snatch 2 Grand Slam titles for the French and U.S. Opens in 2004 when she qualified to play for the finals. However, her efforts just turned futile when she was beat by players, both of Russian descent.