Some of the biggest stars of the WTA pay tribute to Olympic Gold Medallist Elena Dementieva after the Russian announced her retirement from professional tennis.
In the video, Vera and Victoria provide messages to Elena in Russian. The translations are below:
Lenok, You've made such a huge contribution to Russian tennis, not just to tennis but to sports in Russia in general We will indeed miss you more than you know. I want to wish you luck in you're the second chapter of your life and hope that everything goes well in the future. You will always be remembered as an amazing player, as an amazing champion and most importantly, as an amazing person. Good luck with everything and thank you for all you've done for us as players.
Elena, Thank you so much for everything you've done for our sport and for us. You were an amazing person to train with and to talk to and a nice person with whom it was always a privilege to be around. Your success put tennis on the right path in Russia, especially for the young kids. I hope that the next chapter of your life is as colorful as your career was on the court. Good luck and good health to you, your mom and your future family. Wish you the very best in the future.