Moscow: Two-time Grand Slam finalist Elena Dementieva sees coaching youngsters as a likely career path.
The 31-year-old Russian, who hung up her racket in 2010, revealed that coaching the less impressionable tour pros didn`t appeal as much as cultivating them.
"To take a grown-up, a fully-blown player, has no interest for me," Dementieva said on the website of the Moscow Legends event where she`s competing this week.
"My own experience tells me that everything is laid down in childhood. A coach`s work is a tough daily grind and a big responsibility but I think maybe I`ll go into it in the future," she said.
Dementieva, a former world No.3, was beaten by compatriot Anastasia Myskina in the 2004 French Open final, and by another Russian, Svetlana Kuznetsova, in the following US Open final.
She won Olympic gold at the 2008 Beijing Games, downing Dinara Safina in three sets.
I`ve always said the person who wins the world championship this year is the person who does the best job on the circuit, but that does not seem the way it is at the moment.