Myskina dominated an embarrassingly one-sided match, triumphing 6-1 6-2 in less than hour.
Dementieva was let down by her serve, delivering 10 double faults and committing 33 unforced errors.
Myskina showed no signs of nerves and came from break point down at 5-2 in the second set to triumph.
"I can't believe it," said Myskina.
"I am really happy, just too emotional for words. I never thought I would be here when I was growing up in Moscow.
"It's amazing because playing against my friend I had to hold my emotions in check."
Dementieva, who beat Amelie Mauresmo and Lindsay Davenport on her way to the final, admitted she had been struck by nerves.
"It was the first time in a Grand Slam final and it's a shame for me because it is my dream to win Roland Garros.
"I hope it's not the last time I am in a Grand Slam final."
It was Myskina who looked the more nervous when she double-faulted to lose her opening service game.
However, her compatriot responded with three double faults to surrender the break immediately.
With the Roland Garros crowd willing her to put up a fight, Dementieva broke the run of games against her at 0-2 in the second set.
But an assured-looking Myskina maintained her composure to hold for 4-2 and then broke again in the next game after two more doubles from Dementieva.
Serving for the match, Myskina saved a break point and wrapped up the title when her opponent hit a forehand long.
"I have no words right now, I'm so emotional"
Ninth seed Elena Dementieva
"I just couldn't handle all this pressure"
Anastasiya Myskina is a Russian former professional tennis player. She won the 2004 French Open singles title, becoming the first Russian female tennis player to win a Grand Slam singles title. Subsequent to this victory, she rose to no. 3 in the WTA rankings, becoming the first Russian female tennis player to reach the top 3 in the history of the rankings. In September 2004, she reached a career-high ranking of world No. 2. Although she has not officially retired, Myskina has been inactive on the WTA Tour since May 2007.
Myskina was born in Moscow and turned professional in 2000, the year in which she broke into the WTA top 500. She won her first WTA title in Palermo in only her second appearance in the main draw of a WTA tournament. She made her debut in a Grand Slam tournament at the US Open and the Fed Cup (playing doubles). In 2000, Myskina scored first career top-20 victory over no. 17 Barbara Schett en route to the Sopot semifinal. She debuted at Roland Garros (which she would later win) and Wimbledon. She played in the Sydney Olympics and reached her first Tier I quarterfinal in Zürich, where she lost to world no. 1 Martina Hingis. Myskina was plagued by injury that forced her to miss the Australian Open. As a result, she fell out of the top 100. She then had a solid indoor performance, reaching the quarterfinals in Leipzig and the semifinals in Moscow, her first career Tier I SF.
2004 was Myskina's best season to date. Myskina successfully defended her Doha title, afterwards becoming the second Russian woman to break into the Top 5, the first was Natasha Zvereva, who rose to number 5 in the World in May 1989. The highlight of Myskina's 2004 season was a victory at the French Open, where she saved match points in the fourth round against Svetlana Kuznetsova, then defeated former world number 1 players Venus Williams and Jennifer Capriati, en route to a 6–1, 6–2 victory over compatriot Elena Dementieva in the first all-Russian Grand Slam final, thus making her the first female Russian to win a Grand Slam singles title. Prior to her French Open victory, she had never made it past the 2nd round at Roland Garros. Following her win in Paris, she rose to No.3 in the rankings. She reached the final in San Diego, breaking Maria Sharapova's 14-match winning streak that included Wimbledon and beat Vera Zvonareva 17–15 in a third set tie-break, saving 9 match points, winning the longest final set tie-break in WTA Tour history. She lost in the 2004 Athens Olympics semifinal to Justine Henin, having led 5–1 in the final set. She rose to a career-high number 2 in the rankings. Myskina recovered from the tough loss to win the Kremlin Cup for the second straight year, and beat number 2 Lindsay Davenport for the first time in 5 meetings en route to doing so. She finished on the top of her group at the WTA Tour Championships, and scored her second win over a world number 1 by again beating Davenport, but lost in the semifinals to the eventual champion Sharapova.
Myskina led Russia to its first Fed Cup title, winning 8 out of 9 matches played, including winning all of her 3 matches in the final. Finished the season as world number 3, a career-best year-end rank for a female Russian, and won over $2 millions in prize money, having scored ten Top 10 wins during the 2004 season. Myskina only played two singles matches, having been injured. She lost both of those matches; including to Meghann Shaughnessy at the French Open, only winning a game. As of 25 July 2007, Myskina fell to the same ranking as the wildcard she lost to, Agnieszka Radwańska, of Number 309. She also is unranked for doubles. Myskina is taking time off due to a career-threatening injury.
Anastasia Myskina, Roland Garros winner and TokenStars advisor, and Pavel Stukolov, CEO at TokenStars, presented TokenStars ACE project at Moscow Tech Meetup on September 6, 2017.
We have put together some key points from their presentation below.
P avel Stukolov: We`d like to talk to you about using blockchain technology to unite various groups of agents on the market. Our primary task as a sports agency is to bring together fans, players and advertisers — and no sports agency has ever succeeded in that before.
First, I`ll give an overview of the tennis fans audience. Anastasia is going to speak about the problems and challenges that both young and professional tennis players face. At the end we`ll tell you about TokenStars — the first ever sports agency on blockchain, and how we`re utilizing this technology to enhance the interaction of fans, advertisers, and athletes.
Let`s briefly speak about tennis. Many people undervalue tennis audience. While in our country it`s a top one among non-team sports. There are over a billion tennis fans all over the world. I believe that we`re meeting a great challenge with our first project to introduce this audience or the majority of it to the blockchain and cryptocurrency world, and to expand the community.
This is an ever-growing audience, it`s increasing by 5–6% annually. And the audience is highly engaged — there are around 170 million fans of the top-20 players on social media.
Over the past few years there’s been a trend towards changing the image of a sports fan — it`s no longer somebody holding a beer, painting one’s face or body in team colors, or with a tennis ball on their head. Today fans need to feel engaged, they need a part in the game. They want to share their opinions and influence the decisions of the sports community.
We see it clearly in football industry that fans’ opinions can often be a deal breaker for transfers and contracts — and tennis is getting there. We realize that fans are very active, they absorb the new technologies introduced by game developers, online broadcasters, and advertisers. We can increase the audience’s loyalty and engagement though interaction with sports celebrities.
Now I`d like to hand over to Anastasia Myskina to give you the idea of the current state with the players. Let me introduce her once again. She`s a winner of Roland Garros and current Russian Federation Cup team captain.
A nastasia Myskina: We have many young talented athletes and tennis players who need support from media and sponsors. For example, there`s US Open and there`s also US Open Junior Championship — and just yesterday (September 5, 2017 — ed.) our young player won her first round. It`s a great achievement. But, obviously, no one heard about her because we don`t really have any supportive coverage even from online sports media.
But we have hope. We`re thankful to TokenStars agency that reached us, our federation, and we`re now looking forward to our cooperation enabling great opportunities and environment for the future of our athletes.
We`re talking about tennis achievements now. And also commercial contracts that might help their careers — in tennis, players have to be self-sufficient and be able to pay for themselves.
It`s a non-team sport and it`s not like in football or hockey where they`ve got a sponsor that covers everything. From what they earn, tennis players have to spend a lot on trainings, coaches, medical services, PTs.
Tennis is clearly an expensive sport and we need financial support. The transition from junior to professional tennis is a very complex process — first you`re just a young girl or a boy and then suddenly you have to face this huge responsibility.
There are a number of challenges that we face, and we hope that various agencies, including TokenStars, will help us overcome these barriers and let our athletes be the best. It sounds trivial, but that`s what we strive for. In addition to what I was saying before, airfares and tennis academies are always our biggest expenses. And we want our athletes to train in our country, to attract funding to our academies — if it happens, I believe, I won`t be standing here alone.
P avel Stukolov: And we’ll be helping with that. So we explained that juniors` primary aim is to attract funds, while established players need to attract sponsors and advertisers, because traditional sports agencies represent only the top players. Here we see a vast opportunity for blockchain technology. I`d like to tell you how we use blockchain to connect fans, brands, and tennis stars.
We`re dealing with main challenges of the industry.
These are our outstanding features and we brought them together on a single platform by using blockchain
Comparing to traditional talent agencies, blockchain is global at scale. We`re using a huge scouting network to find the most talented and promising young tennis players. Another valuable and important feature is that we will give our token holders the opportunity to interact with our signed athletes.
How do we find players? Our advisory board is led by Anastasia Myskina and Maya Kurilova — Director of Operations at Octagon, a top global TMA. We`ve already signed 6 professional players who we`re representing now and for whom we are currently looking for advertising deals.
What else can we use Blockchain for? To find promoters and advertisers for our tennis players. We`ve already signed a partnership with JAMI creative agency and expecting our first revenue. How to attract audience? We`re going to do that in collaboration with sports media. We already have an agreement with Tribuna Digital and Sports.ru.
Watch the full presentation in Russian here.
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Anastasiya Myskina, tennis player
Anastasiya Myskina is a professional tennis player, Honored Master of Sports. She won the 2004 French Open singles title, becoming the first Russian female tennis player to win a Grand Slam main draw singles title. During her career Myskina has won nine singles and two doubles WTA tournaments.
Anastasiya was born on July 8, 1981 in Moscow. At the age of six the girl began to play tennis. Her first coach was a mother of Marat Safin and Dinara Safina.
In 1998 seventeen-year-old Anastasia became a member of the Russian national tennis team. A year later, she was able to win her first single tournament. It was on the island of Sicily, Palermo.
In 2003 she was recognized as one of the top 10 tennis players in the world.
In September 2004 she reached a career high of No.2. In the same year she became the winner of Grand Slam and entered the history of world tennis as the first Russian athlete, who won the prize. But she has not played professional tennis since 2007.
In 2007 Anastasiya decided to try herself as a TV presenter.
The tennis player participated in the TV show Ice Age.
Myskina dated HC Dynamo Moscow hockey player Aleksandr Stepanov.
Then she dated Konstantin Korneev.
Sometime later she met Sergei Mammadov. On April 28, 2008 Myskina gave birth to her first child, a boy named Zhenya (Yevgenyi). Anastasiya and Sergei lived together, but they were in no hurry to legalize their relationship. Despite this, Myskina gave birth to two sons in 2010 and in 2012.
Anastasia – Russian tennis player
Anastasia – Russian tennis player
Anastasia – Russian tennis player
Anastasia – Russian tennis player
Anastasia – Russian tennis player
Anastasia Myskina – Alika Smekhova. They look alike.
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Filed under: Anastasia Myskina, Russian Tennis Players, Tennis, Tennis Photos, Women's TennisTV future of tennis players: Myskina, Golovin, Dementieva… who’s next?
Tatiana Golovin surely likes what Anastasia Myskina is doing with her post-tennis career. Sidelined with a hip injury, the French tennis player of Russian origin (something that the Russian press never forgets to mention) will work as a TV commentator for the France Télévisions during the Roland Garros. That’s a good news for me! Since Eurosport is not broadcasting Roland Garros in my area, I can only watch it on French channels. Given my limited knowledge of French, it becomes quite important who covers the event. The last year’s commentators were quite boring (though still not as boring as the ones working for Eurosport). When you don’t understand the language, it becomes quite important to listen to commentators who are colorful and emotionally unrestrained:-) Let’s say…like…the Spanish commentators. Once, I somehow started watching Rafa’s match on Spanish television (I think it was during the Olympics), oh, man, the coverage was HOT! There was not a single hint or attempt to appear fair and balanced. They were sweating and moaning alongside with Rafa, and screaming after each beautiful shot. Quite an experience, I must say:-)
Tati is not the only one with TV career dreams. In an interview with the Russian media, Elena Dementieva has also mentioned that she is planning to study journalism after retiring from tennis, so that she can work for television.
Filed under: Anastasia Myskina, Elena Dementieva, Roland Garros, Russian Tennis Players, Tennis, Women's TennisElena Vesnina dates Nastya Myskina’s ex-boyfriend
Life.ru reports that Russian tennis player Elena Vesnina (ranked 84th) is currently dating Anastasia Myskina’s ex-boyfriend and her child’s rumored father Konstantin Korneev. Korneev, 24, is a popular hockey player in Russia. Myskina herself has never confirmed the identity of her son’s father, but there was much speculation in the Russian media that Korneev is the guy. Vesnina and Korneev were spotted together during the recent Fed Cup event in Moscow. There is also a video showing the couple sitting together in the stands.
Filed under: Anastasia Myskina, Russian Tennis Players, Women's TennisToo much vodka: Anastasia Myskina edition
While too much vodka left Marat with two black eyes, Anastasia Myskina was able to escape without injuries. KP.ru reports about Myskina’s recent public kissing “performance” at a pre-New Year party attended by many Russian stars. According to the site, with the help of some booze, Nastya couldn’t resist the seduction by another Russian star, singer and TV personality Anna Semyonovich.
Filed under: Anastasia Myskina, Russian Tennis PlayersSon for Anastasia Myskina
After months of endless buzz around her pregnancy, Russian tennis star Anastasia Myskina gave birth to a healthy baby boy early Tuesday, Russia’s tennis chief Shamil Tarpischev said. Interestingly, the baby named Zhenya shares the same birthday with Andre Agassi.
Myskina’s biggest accomplishment (aside from her son) was 2004 Roland Garros. She also holds 10 WTA tour titles and was ranked No 2 in the world in September 2004. Anastasia turns 27 on July 8th. Congratulations!
Filed under: Anastasia Myskina, Russian Tennis Players, Women's TennisC’mon Putin! Call Kuzy!
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has congratulated Maria Sharapova for winning her third grand slam–the Australian Open title, reports Interfax news agency quoting Russian president’s press secretary Aleksey Gromov. Here is my beef with Putin. I remember somewhere (don’t remember where) reading Svetlana Kuznetsova’s interview, where she mentioned how she felt somewhat “left-out” when Putin didn’t call to congratulate her after winning the US Open in 2004. Earlier that year, Putin called to congratulate Maria Sharapova for Wimbledon, Anastasia Myskina for Roland Garros, but somehow things apparently got hectic for Mr Putin right around the time when Sveta won her title.
C’mon Putin. Pick up the phone and call to congratulate Kuzy! It is never too late…for Mother Russia!
Filed under: Anastasia Myskina, Australian Open, Maria Sharapova, Russian Tennis Players, Svetlana KuznetsovaAnastasia Myskina Pregnant and Single
In an interview with Russian newspaper Tvoi Den, famous Russian tennis player Anastasia Myskina confirms that she is four months pregnant and is due in May. Myskina has broken up with her recent boyfriend Russian hockey player Konstantin Korneev. No wonder Nastya was reluctant to talk about the baby’s father:
“That topic is closed. I’ll just say that I am not getting married in the near future. I am a single person. I don’t know about the baby’s gender yet, and I haven’t decided yet where I will give birth—in Russia or abroad.”
Filed under: Anastasia Myskina, Russian Tennis Players, Tennis, Women's TennisChakvetadze, Andreev Best Tennis Players of Russia 2007
Igor Andreev and Anna Chakvetadze were honored yesterday as the best tennis players of Russia in 2007. Russia’s Fed Cup has won “The Team of the Year” award.
Chakvetadze enjoyed a breakthrough year in 2007, ended the season at No 7 in the world and managed to win four titles. As to Andreev, I am not sure why he was chosen. He didn’t win a single title this year, however has been a very valuable player for Russia’s Davis Cup team. Championat.ru reports that Andreev received the award and didn’t even stay for the post-ceremony party. He hurried to watch the football (soccer for my US readers) game between Russia and Israel.
Andreev looks like as if he is waiting for his bride:-) And Anna has that ever-virgin look in her eyes.
Filed under: Anastasia Myskina, Anna Chakvetadze, Elena Dementieva, Russian Tennis Players, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Tennis, Women's TennisQuick updatesRussian Tennis Players, Tennis
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Filed under: Anastasia Myskina, Justine Henin, Maria Sharapova, Russian Tennis Players, TennisWhere is Anastasia Myskina?
Anastasia Myskina is the first Russian woman tennis player ever to win Grand Slam title (Roland Garros 2004). But nowadays she is more interested in Russian Premier League Football than tennis. While she is still recovering from her injuries, the Russian star is developing a new career—football television commentator. She has been working as a football show host for the Russian NTV TV station.
Quite a change of a career, given the fact that football (soccer for the American fans) traditionally has never been popular among women in Russia. From what I could understand from her interviews with Russian media, she didn’t have much knowledge about the football when she first started the job. She has also denied rumors of her early retirement, saying that the chance of her comeback is 50%-50%. In short, the desire is still there, if the body lets her.
In addition to her Roland Garros title, Myskina has won 10 WTA titles. She turned 26 on July 8.
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