Elena Dementieva

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Current Tournament

Flushing Meadows, New York
August 27-Sep 9
Grand Slam

2R: Bammer[19] def Dementieva[14] 6-1 6-2
2R: Dementieva[14] def Cetkovska 6-3 6-2
1R: Dementieva[14] def Cohen-Aloro 6-4 6-3
2R: Dementieva/Pennetta vs Raymond/Stosur[2]
1R: Dementieva/Pennetta def Laine/Wozniacki 6-4 6-1
Next Tournament/s
US Open Aug 27-Sep 9
WTA Rankings
1. Henin, Justine [1]
2. Sharapova, Maria [2]
3. Jankovic, Jelena [3]
4. Kuznetsova, Svetlana [5]
5. Ivanovic, Ana [4]
6. Chakvetadze, Anna [6]
7. Mauresmo, Amelie [7]
8. Petrova, Nadia [9]
9. Williams, Serena [8]
10. Bartoli, Marion[11]
11. Hantuchova, Daniela[10]
12. Schnyder, Patty [12]
13. Dementieva, Elena [15]
14. Williams, Venus[13]
15. Vaidisova, Nicole [14]
16. Safina, Dinara [16]
17. Hingis, Martina [17]
18. Golovin, Tatiana [18]
19. Peer, Shahar[19]
20. Bammer, Sybille [20]
Sony Ericsson Race
1. Henin 3675
2. Jankovic 3475
3. Ivanovic 2707
4. Kuznetsova 2546
5. Sharapova 2340
6. Williams, S. 2141
7. Chakvetadze 2106
8. Williams, V. 1740
9. Petrova 1698
10. Hantuchova 1684
16. Dementieva 1357
Past Tournament

New Haven, Connecticut
August 20-26
Tier 2

QF: Kuznetsova[1] def Dementieva[6] 4-6 6-3 3-0 ret. (nausea)
QF: Dementieva[6] def Bartoli[3] 6-4 6-2
2R: Dementieva[6] def Harkleroad 6-1 7-6(6)
1R: Dementieva[6] def Santangelo 6-2 3-6 6-0
Not entered
Friday, May 19, 2006
Rome QF: Dementieva targets Safina
Elena Dementieva needed more than 2 hours to get past Anna Lena Groenefeld of Germany in third round action of the Italian Open in Rome. Dementieva defeated Groenefeld 7-6(1) 3-6 6-1. She will next face Dinara Safina in the quarterfinals.

Dementieva squandered a 4-2 and then 5-3 lead against Groenefeld during the first set. Groenefeld fought back to level the match at 6-6 and took the first set to tie-break. Elena was obviously pumped up during the tie-break as she scored 6 straight points to set up 6 set points. Elena then took the first set with a 6-1 score in the TB.

The second set's first game was one of the longest contested games in the match. I lost count of how many deuces there were during that game but Groenefeld saved 7 break points in that game to hold her serve. The next games were a breeze as Groenefeld raced to a 5-1 lead. When Dementieva tried to come back later in the 2nd set, I knew that Groenefeld is in trouble even if she won the second set 6-3. ANd I was definitely right as Dementieva cruised through the third set 6-1. I even felt like the first game of the second set was longer than the whole third set. Anyway, you really wouldn't want to take Dementieva to 3 sets coz Dementieva is always pumped in the third set. Dementieva's lack of match play really showed in this match and hopefully, she will have an easier time in her next match.

When the draw came out earlier this week, everyone was already anticipating a quarterfinal match between Elena Dementieva and Kim Clijsters. Unfortunately, Elena will not get her revenge from her defeat against Kim when Dinara Safina scored an upset and defeated Clijsters in straight sets. Safina is currently ranked No. 19 and is arguably one of the tour's most promising stars.

Dementieva and Safina has faced each other twice in the past and both matches went to 3 sets. Their first match was in the 1st round of the Berlin Open in 2003 where Safina won the match by default as Dementieva had to retire in the 3rd set. Their latest match was in th first round of the 2004 US Open where Dementieva triumphed after being a set down. Dementieva went on to the finals of the US Open that same year.

As we may all recall, Safina and Dementieva teamed up in that historic doubles match against Pierce and Mauresmo during last year's FedCup final to win the crown for Russia. Aside from that, these two have been friends for a long time now since Dementieva's first coach is also Safina's mother. So there is really a lot of history between these two.

Dementieva is a known head case when it comes to battling her compatriots and friends. Just look at her record against her good friend Anastasia Myskina if you don't know what I'm talking about. Anyway, Dementieva should have the upper hand in this match because she is a much better mover than Safina. Safina is also a known head case so it's really difficult to say who has the mental edge in this match. But Safina should really have a lot of confidence coming in to this match after beating the tournament's heavy favorite Kim Clijsters and spoiling Clijsters bid to regain the No. 1 ranking at the same time.

Dementieva is now the highest ranked player left in the draw but it can't be said that she is now the favorite to win this title as she had mixed results on clay this season. So far, this has been Dementieva's best result in this tournament.

Davai Elena!!!
posted by mjgrace22 @ 8:39 AM  
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