Wedding Bells for Dementieva and Dulko

by: Ed McGrogan July 17, 2011

Elena DementievaThe dearly departed Elena Dementieva, who retired at 2010's end without ever claiming a Grand Slam title, has still added another worthy trophy to her collection. And it's the most important of all: the love and affection of her hockey-player husband, Maxim Afinogenov. The pair married on Saturday on the roof of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Moscow "against the backdrop of the Kremlin," according to the English-language website

Among the Russian tennis gang in attendance: Dinara Safina, Vera Zvonareva, Maria Kirilenko (with boyfriend and ATP player Igor Andreev), Svetlana Kuznetsova, Elena Vesnina, Vera Dushevina, Ekaterina Makarova and Alla Kudryavtseva, who isn't quite Annie Leibovitz yet but did supply Russian sports and gossip (and, ahem, sports-and-gossip) sites with plenty of photo fodder.

Of course, all of these women gave it a go fashion-wise. But who appeared most fetching, aside from the simply gorgeous bride? Says here it was Makarova, who wore so well that perfectly-cut striking blue dress with a healthy slice of slit up the side. Another question now: Who exactly needs an intervention for her big-event smartphone addiction? That would be Safina, who couldn't seem to be pictured without grasping and texting away on her device. (No word or shot to indicate that one Marat Safin was present in all his GQed-to-heaven glory.)

Not in attendance: Nadia Petrova. And judging from the exquisite, effortless beauty of Dementieva's one-shoulder wedding gown, she certainly should have been there. Our dear "Demented" (forever my affectionate moniker for Elena D) could teach Petrova a thing or two about how to properly exhibit ruffles.

Judging by the plethora of floral bouquets being toted by the WTA pros in attendance, it appears to be a Russian wedding custom to carry one to the event—possibly to give to the bride? And speaking of bouquets, word is that Dushevina (not Zvonareva, as reported earlier) herself caught the bride's own when it was tossed.

On the subject of love and marriage, Gisela Dulko reportedly missed Argentina's 4-0 Fed Cup promotion-playoff loss against Japan because she is preparing for her wedding later this week. That news was buried halfway down a write-up on Fed Cup's own website.

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—Jonathan Scott (@jonscott9)

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