Dementieva calls it a career

Elena Dementieva of Russia reacts after losing a point against Francesca Schiavone of Italy during...

Elena Dementieva of Russia reacts after losing a point against Francesca Schiavone of Italy during their WTA Tour Championships tennis match in Doha October 29, 2010. (REUTERS/Fadi Al-Assaad)

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DOHA, Qatar -- Elena Dementieva has announced her retirement from professional tennis after 13 years.

The 29-year-old Russian made the decision after her final match Friday at the season-ending WTA Championships. She lost to Francesca Schiavone of Italy in the round-robin portion of the tournament to close out her career.

Dementieva won 16 WTA titles, but never captured a Grand Slam event. She was twice a runner-up in 2004, losing to fellow Russians both times. Anastasia Myskina beat her in the final of the French Open and Svetlana Kuznetsova topped her in the U.S. Open title match.

"I want to thank everyone who has supported me through my career, including the WTA, all of the tournaments and the staff, all of the WTA players I have had the pleasure of playing with, the sponsors that are so important for our sport, my mother Vera, my family and of course, the fans that have been there for me through the years," Dementieva said Friday. "While I look forward to the next chapter of my life, I will miss all of you very much."

Dementieva was 16-16 all-time in WTA finals and won twice this year, capturing titles early this season in Sydney and the Paris Indoors. Her best finish in a Grand Slam was a semifinal setback to eventual champion Schiavone at the French Open.

During her career, she reached one semifinal at the Australian Open and two at Wimbledon. Her crowning achievement was a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She also won silver at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

In addition, Dementieva represented Russia 18 times in Fed Cup play, helping the country to a title in 2005.


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