What would you have done if you hadn't become a
tennis player ?
I wanted to be a criminal lawyer. To work for the prosecution against the
ciminals and to clean up society. I've read alot of detective books, which
is why i like the idea of the job.
Which player do you least like playing against ?
Every player is different and you have to be ready for everybody. But if
don't like big slicers. Let's say Conchita Martinez. I don't really enjoy
playing against her. She has a tricky game: lobs, slices and dropshots.
Sometimes its really difficult.
What is your proudest moment so far ?
It was the Olympic Games in Sydney. It was unbelievable-the moment when i
was in the opening ceremony. The whole world is watching you and watching
how you walk through the stadium, how you present your country. I think
its the best moment in the whole wide world. I can't remember who was
carrying the flag, but it was great to be with the whole team, all the
different sports. I was walking next to Elena Likhovtseva and Elena
What is your most embarrassing moment in tennis ?
At the French Open last year it was really bad when I lost in the first
round against Shinobu Asagoe. I thought i was going to quit tennis. I was
really embarrassed. Of course all the players can lose in the first round
sometimes, but when you lose you feel really bad and you don't want to
What car do you drive ? p
I don't drive a car. But i can tell you what i like. I like the Audi TT
and the Porsche Boxster. I've never really had time in the big city to
learn how to drive so i let my father or my boyfriend drive me. My
boyfriend is Jens Gerlath. He is also my coach. I haven't passed my
driving test but I'm hoping to have a licence soon.
You once posed naked on a horse in a men's magazine. What's the story
behind that ?
The magazine (GQ) called me to ask if I wanted to do some pictures with
them but they didn't say anything about the horse! Then when I got there I
saw this huge horse and I was really surprised because I'd never ridden a
horse before. I was scared because it was really big. Then they started to
take pictures. It was something completely fresh and I think it was a good
experience, especially for me.
Were you embarrassed at posing naked for the shots ?[/b]
I wasn't naked, actually. I was wearing underwear. And there were no men
in the room when I did the photographs - only my boyfriend and the guy who
took the pictures. All the rest were women, so I was okay! My mum was a
little bit shocked and my father was surprised because he thought it was
going to be something to do with tennis, and it was completely different.
But I think all my friends liked it. They told me they liked it, anyway.
If there was one rule in tennis you could change, what would it be ?
I don't agree with the ITF because it often changes the rules for the Fed
Cup. Every year we have no idea what kind of rules we are going to have.
It's very difficult to adapt to. I really enjoy the way the game is right
now so i don't think it should change.
You and Dementieva were both coached by Marat Safin's mother. She is
now coaching her daugher Safina. Why is she such a successful coach ?
She has two kids herself, so she knows exactly how to coach kids. It's so
hard to tell kids they have to do certain things, but she's really good at
it. She understands children and she's a great person.
What irritates you most about being a pro ?
That i can't be with my friends and my family. But you get used to it and
your friends and family can come to the tournaments and visit you there.
Favourite music, film and book ?
With music, I can start with opera and end with Eminem. For films, I love
Jennifer Lopez as an actress. With books, I read romantic novels by Arthur
"What are you most likely to complain about in a hotel ?
Housekeeping. Sometimes they come really early. When I finish a match
really late I just want to lie in in the morning. But sometimes I forget
to put the "Do Not Disturb" sign up and they always try to come in and
clean the room.