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Last Updated: Wednesday, 15 June, 2005, 14:01 GMT 15:01 UK
6. Elena Dementieva
Elena Dementieva
Born: 15/10/81
Nationality: Russian
Seeded: 6
World ranking: 6
Wimbledon best:
4th round (2002 & 2003)
Recent record:
2004: 1st round
2003: 4th round
2002: 4th round

Dementieva will want to avoid a repeat of last year's Wimbledon when she crashed out in the first round to unseeded Sandra Kleinova.

The Russian's Grand Slam progress in 2005 has been steady but she has not hit the heights of last season.

Dementieva was the only player to reach two major singles finals, at the French Open and the US Open, in 2004.

But despite having two Grand Slam victories within her sights in 2004, Dementieva seemed to lack the mental strength for the big occasion.

She broke down in tears in Paris after losing the final to compatriot Anastasia Myskina and surrendered the US Open crown to another Russian, Svetlana Kuznetsova.

At Roland Garros this year, Dementieva lost to Elena Likhovtseva in the last 16. She was also defeated by Patty Schynder at the same stage in Australia.

The Russian's rhythm has been bothered by niggling finger and hip injuries and she has yet to win a title this year.





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