Flushing Meadows, New York
August 27-Sep 9
2R: Bammer def Dementieva 6-1 6-2
2R: Dementieva def Cetkovska 6-3 6-2
1R: Dementieva def Cohen-Aloro 6-4 6-3
2R: Dementieva/Pennetta vs Raymond/Stosur
1R: Dementieva/Pennetta def Laine/Wozniacki 6-4 6-1
US Open Aug 27-Sep 9
1. Henin, Justine 
2. Sharapova, Maria 
3. Jankovic, Jelena 
4. Kuznetsova, Svetlana 
5. Ivanovic, Ana 
6. Chakvetadze, Anna 
7. Mauresmo, Amelie 
8. Petrova, Nadia 
9. Williams, Serena 
10. Bartoli, Marion
11. Hantuchova, Daniela
12. Schnyder, Patty 
13. Dementieva, Elena 
14. Williams, Venus
15. Vaidisova, Nicole 
16. Safina, Dinara 
17. Hingis, Martina 
18. Golovin, Tatiana 
19. Peer, Shahar
20. Bammer, Sybille 
|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
New Haven, Connecticut
QF: Kuznetsova def Dementieva 4-6 6-3 3-0 ret. (nausea)
QF: Dementieva def Bartoli 6-4 6-2
2R: Dementieva def Harkleroad 6-1 7-6(6)
1R: Dementieva def Santangelo 6-2 3-6 6-0
| Monday, July 31, 2006
| Lena in San Diego
|Elena Dementieva will kick off her US Open Series campaign this week at the Tier I tournament in San Diego, California. The Acura Classic is the second of five stops of the US Open Series which started last week at Stanford. Kim Clijsters, who is the top seed at the Acura Classic, leads the USO Series standings after defending her title at Stanford last weekend. Maria Sharapova, Nadia Petrova and Elena Dementieva joins Kim Clijsters as the top seeds of this week's tournaments. Other high seeds receiving a frist round bye are Patty Schnyder, defending champion Mary Pierce, Nicole Vaidisova, and former champion Martina Hingis.
Elena Dementieva is defending exactly a single point in this tournament as she was trounced by Peng Shuai in her opening round last year. I'm sure that she would like to better here because there's a great chance for her to improve her rankings if she goes deep in this year's draw, or who knows? She might even surprise us all and take this title. After all, she isn't the fourth seed of this tournament for nothing. At the very least, she should make the semis this year.
The top half of the draw is populated by players like Kim Clijsters, Nadia Petrova, Martina Hingis and Nicole Vaidisova. Kim Clijsters is red-hot from claiming her second-straight Stanford title but I doubt that she's oozing with so much confidence as she had really difficult matches against Jankovic and Zvonareva last week. We haven't heard a lot about Nadia Petrova in a couple of months so its hard to gage as to what level she's in right now. Martina Hingis almost always never loses to players ranked below her so I expect her to be in the quarterfinals at least. Players who could possibly score upsets along the way are Jelena Jankovic(faces Maria Kirilenko in 1r), Ana Ivanovic(possible 3r vs Petrova), Tatiana Golovin(2r vs Ivanovic, then 3r vs Petrova) and Daniela Hantuchova(possible 3r vs Vaidisova). I would have to say that Hantuchova is probably the most dangerous floater in the top half of the draw, but it actually depends which Hantuchova shows up this week (I hope not that one that showed up in Stanford last week).
The bottom half is also crowded with really good players. Maria Sharapova, Elena Dementieva, Patty Schnyder, and defending Acura Classic champion Mary Pierce are all looking to go deep in the draw. Maria Sharapova has a pretty draw and should have little problems advancing to the semis. Patty Schnyder, on the contrary, probably has the toughest draw out of all the seeds having to face Gisela Dulko or Shahar Peer in her first match, and then Dinara Safina in the 3rd round. We don't know if Mary Pierce's injury is really over or if it will hamper her campaign in this tournament as she has not played a single match since February. She might have problems keeping up with Anna Lena Groenefeld though if they face each other in the 3rd round. There's not a lot of dangerous unseeded players in this part of the draw aside from Vera Zvonareva. Zvonareva has been playing good tennis the past weeks and she's been having a good hardcourt season thus far. She captured the Cincinatti title two weeks ago and made a run to the quarters in Stanford (l. to Kim Clijsters in 3s) last week.
Elena Dementieva's draw is so-so. Not as bad as the previous tournaments, but not the easiest either. Oh, I forgot... When did Elena had an easy draw ever?! Anyway, She could face either Ashley Harkleroad or Jill Crabas (more probably) in her opening round. I don't think Harkleroad will bother Elena, Jill Craybas on the other hand has a small chance as she's playing good lately. The third round will most likely be against Katarina Srebotnik (again, not that much of a threat) or Sania Mirza (if she pulls herself together). If Elena is successful in her first two matches, she will probably face Patty Schnyder in the QF. This is gonna be an interesting match if ever. They always have close matches. Patty's lefty serve troubles Elena and Elena's cross-court forehand troubles Patty. Elena must also be looking to avenge her lost to Schnyder earlier this year. If she makes it to the semis, Elena would have to battle her demons and have more confidence when she faces Maria Sharapova.
Anyway, Elena has a nice draw and the hardcourts suits her game well. Let's hope that Elena will have a good run this week and if possible, win her second Tier I title here in San Diego.
Elena Dementieva and Flavia Pennetta missed out an opening round bye as they were the fifth seeds in the draw this year behind Raymond/Stosur, Black/Stubbs, Hantuchova/Sugiyama and Groenefeld/Shaughnessy.
Elena and Flavia will have a tricky test in the first round as they face Jelena Jankovic and Bethanie Mattek. Both are not known as good doubles players so I expect them to move to the second round where they'd probably face Kveta Peschke and Mara Santangelo. In the quarters, they'll face the top seeds Raymond and Stosur. They certainly has the ability to beat them, they just have to believe.
Davai Elena! Vamos Flavia! Let's go deep in doubles!
|posted by mjgrace22 @ 10:30 AM