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Elena Dementieva Retires From Tennis

After losing her last round robin match of the WTA Year-end championships in Doha to Francesca Schiavone, Elena Dementieva shocked us all and announced her retirement from tennis. She was then given an award from Sheikh Nasser al-Khulaifi, the president of Qatar’s Tennis Federation. Video, via the WTA, of highlights from today, including Elena announcing her retirement:

Dementieva delivered a speech to the crowd thanking the WTA, her team, her fan club, her fellow players and her family.

There wasn’t a dry eye on the court, including fellow players (L-R) Lisa Raymond, Rennae Stubbs, Flavia Pennetta and Gisela Dulko.

(Photos: Getty Images)

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