The best day of my life as Elena Dementieva's fan has finally come. She won the Gold Medal at the Beijing Olympics, defeating Dinara Safina 3-6 7-5 6-3.
I am so happy. That final point, the forehand winner from Elena was just amazing! All those years of disappointments and missed chances are all totally worth it! Thank you Elena. I am sure you are so happy right now and that make us so happy as well. You totally earned and deserved that Gold medal girl!
Congratulations Elena! I hope this win propels you to even more greater achievements in the future!
At the start of the week, who would have thought that Lena, our Elena Dementieva, would be holding the troophy at the end of the week. Of course, a lot of us surely wished it would happen. But with all the Top4 players present in the field, we all had doubts.
And Elena proved herself once again. She knocked of the No. 2 and 3 players convincingly. Her scalp here in Dubai was amazing, beating Patty Schnyder, Alona Bondarenko, Ana Ivanovic, Fran Schiavone and Sveta Kuznetsova to win the tournament. Not bad noh? Okay, it was amazing!
Apart from the $250,000 prize money, she's also back in the top 10!!! YAY!!!!
Nice win Lena! Hope you bring this success to have another successful run at Miami and Indian Wells later this month.
Lena wins Moscow, comes back to Top 10 on her birthday
Vamos! Vamos! Vamos!
*clap clap clap*
What a wonderful day! At the start of the week, who would have thought that Elena Dementieva would be the one holding the Kremlin Cup trophy in today's final? Of course, us Elena fans wished and hoped that she will finally win her home tournament. Third time really is the charm. She got to the finals here in 2001 and 2004, and she finally got it this time around.
And she did not just beat ho-hum players. She beat a ton of in-form and talented players starting from Alicia Molik, to Patty Schnyder, to Victoria Azarenka, Dinara Safina and of course, the great Serena Williams who Elena has never beaten or even taken a set off before.
Oh, this is so sweet. This win will see her back in the Top 10 tomorrow, her birthday, when the new rankings are published. This is her 8th career title and her biggest one to date.
A lot of people have already written Elena off. I'm that they'll be thinking twice now before they say it again. Elena has once again proved that she still has the game to be one of women's tennis's elite.
Oh by the way, the score in today's match was 5-7 6-1 6-1 in favor, of course, to Elena Dementieva.
Oh well, my hopes of Elena Dementieva having a good run at the final Grand Slam of the year has been dashed by none other than Sybille Bammer when she beat Elena earlier today 6-1 6-2. The match hasn't even been close.... and it's a total disappointment to me.
Tomorrow, Elena and Flavia Pennetta will face second seeded doubles team of Lisa Raymond and Samantha Stosur. This is a rematch of the 2005 US Open Doubles Grand Slam finals where Raymond and Stosur beat Dementieva and Pennetta. It's a pretty tall order for Elena and Flavia to upset their opponents tomorrow, but who knows. They're both out of the singles draw so maybe they'll come out swinging freely tomorrow. One can always hope.
Elena Dementieva's match against Petra Cetkovska in the 2nd round of the US Open is a much enjoyable affair for Elena's fans as she blitzed through her opponent 6-3 6-2 in an hour and 12 minutes. She served pretty well and fired off winners from all over the court.
Elena will have a very tricky opponent in the third round as she face the popular tennis mom Sybille Bammer. Bammer had a fantastic year so far by cracking the Top 20 and having scored a win against Serena Williams in an Australian Open warmup event. Bammer is seeded 19th in this event and she must feel that she has nothing to lose when she faces Dementieva later this week.
Interestingly, Bammer and Dementieva has only met once in their entire professional career in tennis. What's even more interesting is that their only career meeting was in 1998 in a qualifying round for a tournament which Elena won in 3 sets. Dementieva was ranked 285th then while Bammer was 400th. I'm pretty amazed that they haven't played each other in 9 years. So this head-to-head match doesn't really say anything about what might be the outcome of their upcoming match.
Anyway, Dementieva will be coming in to this match as a slight favorite but Bammer is a very dangerous opponent especially when she gets on her stride. But I still think that the US Open is Elena's turf so I'm pretty psyched for this match. Nothing is impossible for Elena in New York. She'll probably pull this one off and we'll see her again in the second week of the US Open.
Elena Dementieva won her first round match at the US Open today, beating Stephanie Cohen-Aloro 6-4 6-3. She will face Petra Cetkovska in the next round. Cetkovska is a qualifier whi is currently ranked 128th. She has played most of her entire career in the ITF.
I'm pretty happy with this win. It's good that she got tested but was able to get through this match in straight sets. I hope she does well in the next round coz I know that nothing is impossible for her in New York.
The final Grand Slam event of the year is upon us. On Monday, more than 200 tennis players will be crowding at Flushing Meadows, New York to try and get the US Open championship.
Elena Dementieva is seeded 14th in this event. This has been a disappointing year for Elena when it comes to the Grand Slams. She was eliminated earlier than she should have at the past 3 slams this year: 4th round at the Australian Open, and 3rd round at both the French Open and Wimbledon. Hopefully, she can make a good run at Flushing Meadows. After all, this is New York. The place where she reached her second grand slam final in 2004, semifinals in 2000 and 2005, and quarters last year. Nothing is impossible for Elena in New York.
I have to say, I'm not so happy with Elena's draw. She is in the top half where all the contenders are. Henin, Jankovic, Ivanovic, Venus, Serena. In her quarter alone, she has Jankovic, Ivanovic and Venus. But I still believe, nothing is impossible for Elena in New York.
Elena Dementieva will face frenchwoman Stephanie Cohen-Aloro who is currently ranked 94th in the world. Elena leads their head-to-heads 3-0 but I'm surprised to see that their last two matches (both way back in 2004) went to three sets. Anyway, they've never met on hardcourts and Elena will definitely be the heavy favorite in this match. I'm not expecting Elena to win this match easily coz I know she always has troubles during the first round of tournaments but I am expecting her to win this one.
If Elena wins her opening match, she will face Jill Craybas or a qualifier in the second round. Lurking in her part of the draw is dangerous mom Sybille Bammer, seeded 19th, who she might face in the 3rd round if the seedings hold.
If the seedings still hold and Elena Dementieva gets through her first 3 matches, the tougher matches will immediately start at the fourth round by the name of Jelena Jankovic. Jelena Jankovic is seeded third in this event if they meet in the 4th round, this will be a rematch of last year's quarterfinals. Hopefully, Elena will get her revenge (As I said earlier, nothing is impossible for Elena in New York). ;)
Either 5th seed Ana Ivanovic or Wimbledon champ Venus Williams will be waiting at the quarterfinals and then Justine Henin or Serena Williams in the semis. Wow, what a draw! I am hoping for a very long 2 weeks for Elena Dementieva.
I really believe that Elena can still pull upsets and make a deep run in New York. I really believe that nothing is impossible for Elena Dementieva in New York.
This week, Elena Dementieva will be competing at the Pilot Pen Tennis as the 6th seed of the tournament. In the first round, she will face Italian Mara Santangelo. This opening round match. Their only meeting happened earlier this year at Berlin where Dementieva surived Santangelo in 3 grueling sets. As the US Open draws nearer, I'm sure that both women will be fighting for this match to get more matches under their belt before the US Open fortnight.
In a way, I'm a bit relieved that Elena lost early last week at Montreal. That way, she had almost a week of rest before this tournament and the Open. Had she not, I'm afraid she might be so tired come the US Open having played 4 straight tournaments prior to the big event.
Going back to the Pilot Pen Tennis, if she survives Santangelo, she will face either Ashley Harkleroad or a qualifier. And then the struggling Marion Bartoli will probably be waiting in the quarterfinals. Also on this half of the draw are Svetlana Kuznetsova, Patty Schnyder and Francesca Schiavone.
So much for raking up more ranking points... Elena lost to Francesca Schiavone in 3 sets yesterday. She served horribly the whole match. She had chances to finish the match during the 2nd set but her serve ultimately failed her.
She also had to withdraw in their doubles match due to a hamstring strain. It's just a strain so I hope she's ok.
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