A New World No. 1? Welcome to the Elena Dementieva Dimension

Sergey ZikovSenior Analyst IJanuary 28, 2009

You are travelling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind; a journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination—next stop, the Twilight Zone!

For Russian-born Elena Dementieva, her journey through the ranks of the WTA Tour must resemble something like a Twilight Zone episode.

The 27-year-old pro has been in the Top 10 of women's tennis since the 2003 season, but she has never won a Grand Slam event. Despite making two Grand Slam finals appearances in 2004 (Roland Garros and the US Open), she has never made it back to a final since.

She has yet another opportunity to do so, as she is now in the semifinals of the Australian Open.

But her foe is no pushover—second-seeded Serena Williams wants her shot at a No. 1 Ranking, as well.

Looking back at 2008, Dementieva really only started having success after the downright horrific match at Wimbledon against Venus Williams.

But after that performance, her season started looking up. She won the Olympic Gold in Beijing and was a semifinalist at the US Open, playing well against Jelena Jankovic in a loss. She went on to finish with a championship at Luxembourg before starting 2009 on a rampage.

Dementieva's 2009 New Years' resolution must have come true. She has won 15 straight and won two championships already (Auckland and Sydney) and is believing in her game much more than in the past. Her serve is much improved and she has better groundstrokes.

And she has already beaten Serena once this year, convincingly. 

Enter the Dementieva Dimension.