14 Oct 2008

Olympic tennis champ to play ASB Classic

3:55 pm on 14 October 2008

Olympic women's tennis champion Elena Dementieva of Russia is confirmed as an entry for the ASB Classic in Auckland in January.

Dementieva, 27, is ranked fifth in the world and won gold at this year's Olympic Games in Beijing.

It is the first time the Auckland event has had an entry from a current top five player.

Dementieva is a two-time Grand Slam runner-up and has made the quarterfinals of Grand Slam events nine times.

She has won a total of 10 WTA singles titles.