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Warsaw, Poland
April 29 - May 7
Tier 2

3rd Round: Elena Dementieva vs Agnieszka Radwanska

Previous Round/s:
2R: Dementieva def Perebiynis 6-2 6-0
1R: BYE
Previous Tournament


Liege, Belgium
Surface: Clay
Begium def Russia 3-2

Russia:Nadia Petrova, Elena Dementieva, Dinara Safina, Maria Kirilenko
Belgium:Kim Clijsters, Justine Henin-Hardenne, Kirsten Flipkens, Caroline Maes

R1: Dementieva def Clijsters 6-4 6-3
R2: Henin def Petrova 6-7 -4 6-3
R3: Clijsters def Kirilenko 6-1 6-4
R4: Henin def Dementieva 6-2 6-0
R5: Kirilenko/Safina def Clijsters/Henin 7-6 7-5
Next Tournament/s
   Qatar German Open - May 8-14
   Internazionali d'Italia - May 15-21    French Open - May 28-June 11
WTA Rankings (5/1/2006)
1. Amelie Mauresmo
2. Kim Clijsters
3. Maria Sharapova
4. Nadia Petrova
5. Justine Henin-Hardenne
6. Mary Pierce
7. Lindsay Davenport
8. Patty Schnyder
9. Elena Dementieva
10. Svetlana Kuznetsova
11. Francesca Schiavone
12. Anastasia Myskina
13. Venus Williams
14. Anna-Lena Groenefeld
15. Nicole Vaidisova
16. Daniela Hantuchova
17. Elena Likhovtseva
18. Dinara Safina
19. Flavia Pennetta
20. Ana Ivanovic
Race to YEC Championships
1. Mauresmo 1440pts
2. Henin-Hardenne 1189
3. Petrova 1181
4. Sharapova 1174
5. Kuznetsova 845
6. Hingis 760
7. Dementieva 715
8. Schnyder 649
9. Clijsters 501
10. Groenefeld 472
 
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Move [08 May 2006|10:41am]

mjgrace22
I moved my Elena Dementieva blog here. See you there!
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Warsaw Quarterfinals: Dementieva vs Radwanska [04 May 2006|08:42am]

mjgrace22
Elena Dementieva needed just an hour to beat Tatiana Perebiynis 6-2 6-0 in the second round of the J&S Cup tournament in Warsaw, Poland. Of all the points contested during the match, Elena won two-thirds of it. What's more is that she only gave up 4 points in the second set. To add to a very good game that Elena played, she served 2 aces and committed only 3 double faults. How many times do we see Dementieva serve less than 5 DFs? Rarely. And oh, her opponent was never able to hold her serve. :)


Next up for Dementieva is Polish-native Agnieszka Radwanska. This is the 17-year old wildcard's first main draw WTA Tour tournament and she has already upset 2 Top 40 players. She upset Anastasia Myskina in the first round and crushed Klara Koukalova in the second round. Radwanska is ranked 309 in the world. She is also the reigning Junior Wimbledon champ.

On paper, it seems that Radwanska is no match to Dementieva but she is not to be taken that easily. In her last 2 matches, she proved that she is an upcoming star of the tour and that she's a very dangerous opponent. Dementieva should not take her lightly and concentrate on her game. She should continue serving well and show Radwanska that she has a long way to go and needs more experience. Experience is Dementieva's primary advantage in this match. Radwanska will surely have the home-crowd support so that will be her advantage.

Radwanska showed everyone that she can be the future of women's tennis. But she still lacks experience. She made a good run in this tournament and her country is surely proud of her. But I feel that this will be the end of the tournament for her. Elena's experience and groundstrokes will prevail Radwanska's gutsiness in straight sets.
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Warsaw Preview: 1st Round vs Perebiynis [03 May 2006|09:10am]

mjgrace22

Elena Dementieva is making her debut at the J&S Cup in Warsaw as the third-seed of tournament. Kim Clijsters, Patty Schnyder and Svetlana Kuznetsova are the 1st, 2nd and 4th seeds respectively. The top 4 seeds has received a bye in the first round.

Elena's second round match is scheduled today where she'll play Tatiana Perebiynis. Ukrainian Perebiynis is currently ranked at 236. The two have met twice previously and Elena both triumphed on the previous 2 occasions. Although their last meeting was barely 3 years ago, nothing much has changed as Elena is still in the Top Ten while Perebiynis has plummetted from the Top 100.

I don't see much of a problem for Lena in this much. She just have to show up and play her game, not make too many errors. I think Elena can wrap this up in a quick straight-sets victory.


If Elena manages to beat Perebiynis in the Second Round, she will meet either Klara Koukalova or Agnieszka Radwanska in the Quarterfinals. Radswanska debuted on the tour yesterday where she upset Anastasia Myskina in their first-round match. If Elena makes the semis, she will most likely meet Kim Clijsters whom she defeated in straight sets just over a week ago.

In Doubles news, Elena Dementieva and Galina Boskoeva retired from their first-round match yesterday. Boskoeva sprained her right-thumb. I hope Elena hooks up with Flavia Pennetta again in Doubles soon.
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FedCup Preview: Russia vs Belgium [20 Apr 2006|09:38am]

mjgrace22
[ mood | awake ]

The most intriguing and the most anticipated 1st round FedCup tie is coming this weekend. 3 Top 5 players, 4 in the Top Ten, 6 in the Top 25. What more can a tennis fan ask for?

Belgium: Kim Clijster, Justine Henin-Hardenne, Kirsten Flipkens, Caroline Maes
Russia: Nadia Petrova, Elena Dementieva, Dinara Safina, Maria Kirilenko

In all-time FedCup Head-to-Head, Belgium leads Russia 2-1. The last time they was during the 2001 FedCup Final where Belgium defeated Russia 2-1 in Spain. Interestingly, Clijsters, JHH, Petrova and Dementieva were all present in that final where Clijsters crushed Dementieva 0 and 4, and JHH thrashed Petrova 0 and 3. But that was merely 5 years ago when Petrova and Dementieva were not the solid top ten players that they are now.

Nadia Petrova, as of late, has been blazing taking the rare back-to-back titles at Amelia Island and Charleston. Dementieva on the other hand, won her first Tier 1 title in Tokyo and in good form lately. And we all know that Dementieva plays better when she's playing for her beloved mother Russia. Who can forget her heroic efforts in last year's FedCup final against France?

But clearly, the favorite in this tie is Belgium. Henin is 21-4 this season, won titles in Sydney and Dubai. Clijsters on the other hand is 9-3 this season but has played only once (in Miami where she was upset in her opening round) since Antwerp in February. It's hard to gage whether Clijsters is now injury-free but since we're talking about Clijsters here, we all know that she's a tough competitor and a great champion. Plus, their playing on their home turf not to mention the surface is clay.

On Head-to-Heads, the Belgians lead the Russians by a hundred miles. The combine H2H of Clijsters/JHH vs Petrova/Dementieva is an overwhelming 27-5. Petrova never won against Clijsters and won only once against JHH. Dementieva has 2 wins against each Belgian.

But does the Head-to-Heads really tell us what the result of this weekend's tie will be? I would like to think not. The Russians are arguably the fiercest competitors out there and they're team is much deeper than the Belgians. If ever this tie is to be decided by the doubles rubber, I would say that the Russians might win this. At the end of the day, whichever team has the most heart and guts will go home as the winner of this tie. I just hope that it will be Russia.

Head-to-Heads:


I have one question in mind though. If Belgium wins this tie, will both Clijsters and Henin commit themselves to playing the next FedCup ties up to the Finals? Hmmm...
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[19 Apr 2006|08:52am]

mjgrace22


Just wanna keep this one. I made a brief remark at TennisWorld about how Mr. Pete Bodo should make a preview of the upcoming Belgium-Russia FedCup tie this weekend, and there it is! He even mentioned me in his latest entry.

Anyway, goodluck to Team Russia. I'm just so excited about this but it's too bad that our cable channels are not airing it live. They didn't realize that this is the most intriguing first round match in the FedCup history ever with 4 top 10 players competing in this tie. Belgium has World Nos. 2 and 3 Kim Clijster and Justine Henin-Hardenne, while Russia has World No. 5 Nadia Petrova and World No. 9 (and last year's FedCup Heroine) Elena Dementieva. Dementieva led Russia to it's second-straight FedCup title last year against France when she won both her singles rubbers against Amelie Mauresmo and Mary Pierce, and her doubles match with Dinara Safina. Russia is looking for their straight FedCup Title.
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Preview: Miami 2nd Round [24 Mar 2006|01:10pm]

mjgrace22
After receiving a 1st round bye, Elena Dementieva will face 1144-ranked, 16-year old Anna Tatishvili in the 2nd Round of the Nasdaq-100 Open in Miami Florida. Tatishvili defeated Indian-sensation Sania Mirza 7-6(6) 6-1 7-6(8) in a grueling 2 hours, 39 minutes 1st round match.

I haven't heard so much about this girl but she probably is a newcomer. Looking at her match statistics against Mirza, it looks like she won the match because Mirza lost it. Mirza had 82 unforced errors compared to her 53 and 54 winners compared to her 24. Anyway, it also looks like her service is not spectacular as she committed 10 double faults throughout the match.

Clearly, Elena has the advantage in this match. All she has to do is come prepared and don't give up easy points for her opponent. We all know that elena always has trouble finding her rhythm during the start of the tournament but I believe that this time, she'll win her opening match in straigh sets.

Davai Elena!
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Preview: Nasdaq-100 [21 Mar 2006|08:08am]

mjgrace22
The draw for the Nasdaq-100 Open was finally released earlier today. 8 out of the top 10 players are present in the draw, only missing Lindsay Davenport and Mary Pierce who both withdrew due to injuries. To everyone's surprise (can you hear the sarcasm?), Serena Williams also pulled out from the tournament last week. 

Anyway, let's dissect the draw now. The draw has 32 seeds, each of them was given a BYE in the first round. Amelie Mauresmo (who took over the top ranking this week) is the top seed and Kim Clijsters is the second-seed. The top half of the draw looks tougher than the bottom half with Mauresmo, Petrova, Schnyder, Henin-Hardenne, Kuznetsova and Hingis all cramped up there. Mauresmo's quarter is definitely tougher than Justine's. Mauresmo could face two of the three players who has beaten her this year: Ivanovic in the 4th round and Petrova in the quarters. Justine's quarter is really good. It's almost sure that she'll sail to the quarters of the tournament (if her knee is okay) where she will possibly face Hingis, Kuznetsova or Schnyder. Hingis could meet Kuznetsova in the third round and if she wins that one, she'll meet her compatriot Schnyder in the fourth.

The bottom half of the draw features Venus Williams, Myskina, Sharapova, Dementieva and Clijsters. The third quarter of the draw where Sharapova resides looks good for her and it looks like she'll also sail to the QF where she could possibly meet Venus who has only played once this year. That is if Venus could win in the first few rounds of the tournament and beat Pennetta (hope her ankle is now ok) or Myskina in the fourth round. It's really hard to measure how well Venus will do here, I guess it all depends on how much she wants to get back on form and win. She really has to win a few matches here or she'll surely be out of the top 10 after this tournament.

Elena Dementieva and Kim Clijsters headlines the last quarter of the draw. Kim also has a soft draw until the quarters where she might be meeting Elena. She only has Dechy or Groenefeld on her way to meeting Elena in the quarters. In Elena's case, she might possibly bump into Sania Mirza (who she beat last week in Indian Wells) who's now unseeded in the second round, Krajicek or Safarova in the 3rd round, and Golovin or Schiavone in the fourth round before she meets Kim in the quarters.

So there we go. Davai Elena! I hope you save some energy for the later rounds of the tournament! Good luck!
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Indian Wells wrap-up [21 Mar 2006|07:47am]

mjgrace22
The Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells is finally over. Roger Federer (to everyone's surprise) and Maria Sharapova took home the trophies beating James Blake and Elena Dementieva in the finals respectively.

Anyway, I'm really glad that Elena reached the finals of this tournament. She proved a lot during the past 2 weeks. I'm really happy for her. Beating Justine in the semis 6-2 5-2 down is no small feat. The only thing I'm not happy about is the way she played the earlier rounds. She had to play 3 tough 3-setters before the semis and an almost 3-hour match against JHH in the semis. Naturally, she was tired when she came to the Finals against Sharapova and not much gas was left in the tank. The wind during the match did not help at all. And because of the wind, she resorted to her old serve to be safe and keep her serves in.

It was really funny and ironic. She served 14 DFs against Henin-Hardenne and Ivanovic, 18 against Mirza, 11 against Li, and 16 against Yakimova but won the match. In the finals, she only served 4 DFs (Sharapova also had 4) and lost the match.

Oh well, it was still a good tournament for Lena. She's been really consistent this year after that disappointing Aussie Open. Anyway, Key Biscayne is almost under way. I hope she also does well there.

Davai Elena! On to Miami!


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Preview: Indian Wells Semis - Elena vs JHH [17 Mar 2006|12:58pm]

mjgrace22
Top-seeded Justine Henin-Hardenne will face fourth-seeded Elena Dementieva in tomorrow's Semi-final match at Indian Wells. The winner in this match will face the winner of the Hingis-Sharapova match, who by the way will be facing each other for the third time since Martina's comeback, in the Finals. Justine leads Elena in their Head-to-Head 7 to 1.



In today's game against Ana Ivanovic, Elena committed 14 double faults. Ivanovic is no Henin-Hardenne so Elena can't really afford to give too much free points tomorrow. If she could just keep her serves in. Aargh... Anyway, we all know what Elena needs to do to win this match. She has to hold serve every single time and go down the line. A lot of us are wondering why she keeps hitting her forehand cross-court instead of hitting it down-the line. Well, Elena seemed to have listened to us as she went down the line more in today's match.

Aside from Elena's serve, what worries me is how fresh would she be and how much energy does she have left for tomorrow's match. We all know that her fitness is superb, her groundstrokes one of the best... But she has played three tough 3-setter matches in this tournament. Can she produce her best tennis against the seemingly invincible Justine Henin-Hardenne who is 14-1 this season? Her only lost coming from that infamous Australian Open Final against Amelie Mauresmo. Elena's only win against JHH was in the Semis of the Amelia Island tournament three years ago, which coincidentally was her first WTA Tour career title. It is not impossible to beat Justine. I think that she has to keep Justine moving and make her run since Justine's fitness is not as good as Elena's. She should be aggressive, control the points and not wait for Justine to make a mistake since Justine don't really make a lot of unforced errors unless she's really having an off day.

I'm so hoping that Elena is so on tomorrow and I hope she can produce her best tennis against feisty Justine Henin-Hardenne.

Davai Elena! Keep fighting!
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Dementieva d. Ivanovic [17 Mar 2006|08:19am]

mjgrace22

Elena Dementieva defeated Ana Ivanovic 2-6 6-4 6-2 on the Quarterfinals of the Pacific Life Open.

Fourth seeded Russian Elena Dementieva shrugged off another round of service yips to advance to the semifinals of the Pacific Life Open Thursday. The World No. 8 served up 14 double faults but still rallied from a set down to defeat eighth-seeded Serb Ana Ivanovic 2-6, 6-4, 6-2.

Dementieva is chasing her second Tier 1 title of the year following her victory at the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo - the biggest title of her career to date. The Russian again showed why she is a gritty competitor, improving her three-set record to 70-24 lifetime.

She improved to 13-3 on the year and 19-5 lifetime in Indian Wells. Dementieva will play the winner of tonight's quarterfinal between top seed and 2004 champion Justine Henin-Hardenne and 17th seed Gisela Dulko.

Dementieva said: "I just feel like I'm a very slow starter. You know, I usually started really to play well when I'm in trouble, like it's happen today when I was one set, 1-0 down. Just started to play a little bit more aggressively. I think I have to learn how to do it from the beginning of the match, so I can save some energy for the semifinal, for the final."

o-o

Elena continues to baffle all of us. Now that she has admitted that is a slow starter, I wonder what she will do to change that. Anyway, it is a great win for Elena. Hope she continues her success at Indian Wells.

Davai Elena!

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Preview: Indian Wells QF [15 Mar 2006|09:38am]

mjgrace22
Elena Dementieva will be facing Ana Ivanovic in the Pacific Life Open Quarterfinals after Ivanovic defeated Chakvetadze in straight sets. They have never faced each other before.

Ivanovic has been hailed as one of the most promising young stars in the tour and a future top 10er because of her power-serve and good forehand. She surprised a lot of people when she reached the Quarterfinals of the French Open last year defeating Mauresmo en route. She is currently ranked No. 16.

This match will surely be heart stopping as both players are good baseliners. Elena should do her best not to give Ana any free points and she must hold her serve throughout the match. Ivanovic has a good serve so the key in this match will be how well Elena would be able to hold her serve. Her double faults should be limited to only a single digit number. I don't think she can afford to give out more than 10 DFs if she wants to move on to the Semis. Much has been already said about her serve so I hope she doesn't get nervous and believe in her serve. I'd say that Elena has the advantage in this match but I expect this one to be a really close match. It's all up to Elena. :)

Davai Elena!
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Dementieva d. Li 6-3 6-2 [15 Mar 2006|08:11am]

mjgrace22
Before anything else, I would like to share this article about Elena with you. Check it out, it's a good one.

Anyway, Elena Dementieva cruised past the fourth round defeating China's Na Li 6-3 6-2 in 1 hour and 6 minutes. This has been Elena's first match lasting less than 2 hours. Her previouse matches were both grueling three setters lasting more than two hours. This is a pretty comprehensive win for Elena and will give her a much needed rest for her upcoming Quarterfinal match against either two of the most promising teens on tour, Ana Ivanovic or Anna Chakvetadze. Elena has never faced Ivanovic in a match while she last met Chakvetadze on that very memorable US Open Third Round which ended in a three-set tie breaker and Chakvetadze in tears. Of course, Elena prevailed in that match. I will give you a short preview of her QF match as soon as her opponent has been determined.

By the way, Elena showed us a much better performance today. Despite committing 11 DFs (there were 5 DFs in one particular game), she held serve throughout the second set. :)

Bad news: Elena and Flavia has pulled out from their doubles match due to Flavia's sprained right ankle. Hope she recovers in time for Miami. :)

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Tough win [14 Mar 2006|08:35am]

mjgrace22
After losing the first set to Sania Mirza, Elena Dementieva took away the match in three sets 5-7 6-4 6-4 2 hours, 8 minutes and 30 seconds. Wow, Lena's matches are even longer than most of the men's matches. Next up for Elena is Na Li who defeated Vania King in an easy straight sets win.

The third set of the match started match like the second set with Lena rushing to an early lead 5-1. But Mirza broke back twice and held serve to come back at 5-4. The match was really close with Dementieva winning 107 points and Mirza with 99 points. I'd say, Lena was really lucky to win this match. This match really got me nervous. There were so many breaks of serve and it looked like Lena didn't have consistency throughout the match (though I'm just basing it on the Live Scores since It's not aired here), allowing Mirza to come back in the 2nd and 3rd sets after a huge lead.

And guess how many double faults she committed in this match. 18 Double Faults. Yes, you read it right. 18 double faults (Set 1=4; 2=8; 3=6) and she still won the match. And isn't it funny that she lost the first set where she had the least number of DFs? Imagine, she gave away 18 points to Mirza (18 points=4 games). Nevermind that now, what matters is that she won the match and she's in the fourth round.


Anyway, Flavia Pennetta withdrew on her match against Emma Laine citing a right-ankle spain injury. Oh, poor Flavia. She has a great chance reaching the QFs here plus she and Lena also have a good draw in Doubles. No news yet whether they'll withdraw in Doubles. I wonder how serious her ankle injury is. But I hope nothing is serious and I would love to see her play in Miami next week. Get well soon Flavia!

Davai Lena!

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heart attack [14 Mar 2006|07:11am]

mjgrace22
[ mood | nervous ]

Oh gosh! I think I'm gonna have a heart attack! Lena just lost the first set to Sania Mirza 5-7. Go Lena! Take the 2nd set!

Update:
A breath of relief. Lena took the 2nd set from Sania Mirza 6-4. After leading 4-0 and serving for the set at 5-3, Lena finally did it.

On to the third set now... Go Lena!

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Dementieva d. Yakimova 6-4 3-6 6-3 [13 Mar 2006|09:26am]

mjgrace22

Elena Dementieva defeated Anastasiya Yakimova 6-4 3-6 6-3 in a rainy Second Round play on Indian Wells. 

"I think I lost my concentration the second set when I was 6-4, 2-love for me, and then it was difficult to put everything together and start to fight again in the third set. I was trying to be positive, trying to be aggressive with her, but it was difficult because I had to go to the net, which is not my favorite thing to do, and I feel that's the thing I really have to work on."

It took Elena more than 2 hours defeat the 19-year old qualifier and committed 68 unforced errors throughout the match. What was all those unforced errors about? 68 is just too much. But all the credit to Elena. She battled through her unforced errors and 16 double faults, and produced a hard-fought and well-deserved win. I was right in my previous entry that she can win even with 15 DFs (16, in this case) although she did it in 3 sets. Another proof that she really is a good player and a very tough fighter.

Next up for Dementieva is the feisty Indian-sensation Sania Mirza. They have never played before but we all know that Sania is an up-and-coming star of the WTA. Mirza is known for her baseline game but I'm not really sure how good her defense is. Their third round match will probably played tomorrow and I think that the key to this match for Elena to win is FOCUS. If she focuses well on the game tomorrow, Mirza won't have a chance. I hope she minimizes her unforced errors and double faults tomorrow, and not give her opponent lots of free points like she did yesterday. Elena clearly has the advantage in this match as Mirza has been off-form lately and her ranking has plunked to the mid-40s.

By the way, those capri jogging pants she was wearing on the match yesterday looked great on her. Go Elena!

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Second Round vs Yakimova Preview [10 Mar 2006|03:17pm]

mjgrace22
[ mood | relieved ]

Elena Dementieva will be facing Anastasiya Yakimova of Belarus in Second Round play at Indian Wells on Saturday. Yakimova, ranked 104 in the world, qualified for the main draw and defeated compatriot Tatiana Poutchek 6-0 6-2 at the first round of the draw on Thursday. The 19-year old Belarussian will have her hands full on Saturday as she faces Dementieva. For her to progress to the third round, she will have to contend with Dementieva's powerful groundstrokes and defend well from the baseline.

Dementieva has never faced Yakimova before so this will be new territory for her. Everyone knows that the first matches of Elena in a tournament is very crucial as she usually struggles during it. But this however should be different. Elena should finish this match easily and as quickly as possible so she could have more rest and prepare for the third round. I've never seen Yakimova play before but based from what I've read about her, no part of her game will be a threat to Elena. In her WTA Tour Bio, it was mentioned that her favorite shots are her backhand and drop shots. We all know how good Elena's defense is and how great she is in chasing those drop shots so I don't think there would be any problem with that. The only way I can see Elena losing this match is if she self-destructs and serves up 30 double faults but I do not think that that will happen on Saturday. Even if she serves up 15 double faults, I'm pretty sure that she will still win this match in straight sets if she plays an aggressive game. Bottomline is, I don't see Yakimova as a threat to Dementieva in reaching the third round.

Earlier today, Elena Dementieva/Flavia Pennetta defeated Anna Chakvetadze/Elena Vesnina 2-6 7-5 6-4 for a doubles first round victory. It seems to me that Elena and Flavia has a habit of dropping the first set of their matches before taking on the next 2 sets and winning the game. I was tracking the live scores earlier and it really shocked me that Chakvetadze/Vesnina was thrashing them 4-0 in the first set. But it's really great that Team Pennentieva has the ability to come back in their doubles matches after being a set down. This just proves that their team is really good and full of talent. All the best for this team. I'm sure that if they keep focused on their game while having fun, they can certainly pull a couple of upsets in their draw and take home the title or at least get to the finals of the tournament.

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Indian Wells 2006 Preview [08 Mar 2006|01:05pm]

mjgrace22
[ mood | determined ]

The Pacific Life Open WTA Singles Main Draw came out last Monday and Main Draw matches will start on Wednesday. Justine Henin-Hardenne, the top seed of the tournament is in the upper half of the draw with fourth seed Elena Dementieva. On the bottom half of the draw are the second and third seeds Lindsay Davenport and Maria Sharapova, and the resurgent Martina Hingis.

Elena's half of the draw looks easy on paper but it can actually be quite tricky.  As the fourth seed of the tournament, Elena will receive a 1st round bye before she faces a qualifier in the 2nd round. I think that this match will be a little difficult for Elena since she hasn't played a match in two weeks and we all know that Elena almost always have a hard time during her first match of a tournament. In the third round, she will probably meet Indian sensation Sania Mirza who has been out of form and has dropped off the rankings lately. If Mirza plays a perfect match, Elena will have a problem. Otherwise, Elena will take advantage of the situation.  And then in the fourth round, she will probably meet either Iveta Benesova or Klara Koukalova. This match is quite tricky since Benesova and Koukalova will surely be hungry to take on a top player like Elena if ever they get to this stage of the tournament. Possible Quarterfinal opponents are Ana Ivanovic and Maria Kirilenko. Ivanovic and Kirilenko are two of the up and coming teen stars of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour. Talent-wise, Elena is much better but she has to be careful during this match because Ivanovic and Kirilenko can give her a challenge. If Elena triumphs in the Quarterfinals, she will meet JHH in the semis. Justine's quarter is fairly soft and the most challenge that she can get will be Flavia Pennetta who she'll most likely meet in the quarters. JHH shouldn't underestimate Pennetta and shall avenge her lost in their last match at Filderstadt last year where Pennetta defeated her in straight sets.

I think that the key for Elena in this tournament will be her serve. If she serves well, then she will have little problems. I hope she stays away from too much double faults and bring on the winners.

Going now to Doubles, the team of Elena Dementieva and Flavia Pennetta is seede fifth in the draw. They will receive a first round bye. Possible QF opponent is the Black/Stubbs tandem.

Good luck to Elena in both Singles and Doubles!

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welcome [08 Mar 2006|12:20pm]

mjgrace22
[ mood | excited ]

Hi guys! Welcome to my Elena Dementieva community. Please feel free to join and post in my community. I'm looking forward to meeting my fellow Elena fans.

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