Elena Dementieva has become the newest addition to the WTA’s parents’ club after giving birth to her first child, Veronika.
Since her retirement at the end of the 2010 season, former World No.3 Dementieva has stayed out of the public eye, enjoying post-tennis life with her husband, ice hockey player Maxim Afinogenov.
The couple first met in 2004, when Afinogenov came to support Dementieva during her run to the French Open final, and married seven years later in Moscow.
Fittingly for Fed Cup stalwart Dementieva, Veronika arrived last Sunday, coinciding with Russia’s victory over Argentina, which confirmed their place in next year’s World Group.
Dementieva was one of the standard bearers of the first wave of Russian players to breakthrough on the WTA, winning 16 titles and being a fixture in the Top 10 from 2001 right up until her retirement. Although she never tasted Grand Slam success, she was twice a losing finalist (at the 2004 French and US Opens) and lifted Olympic gold at the Beijing Games, in 2008.