She has homes in Monaco, Moscow and Boca Raton, Florida.
She was later coached by her mother Vera and her older brother Vsevolod.
Dementieva won the singles gold medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, having previously won the silver medal at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.
She won 16 WTA singles titles, reached the finals of the 2004 French Open and 2004 US Open and reached seven other Grand Slam semi finals.
It was not, however, the signal for her to begin to dominate even when Dementieva went 3-4 and 0-40 down in the first set, having thrown in her first double fault.
The Russian’s response was dramatic as she recovered the break points with some brilliant tennis and maintained parity.