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
| Tuesday, September 05, 2006
| USO QF: Elena and Jelena Rematch
|What was supposed to be a rematch of the US Open 2004 Final became a rematch of the JP Morgan Chase Open 2006 Final. Jelena Jankovic spoiled what should have been an all-Russian quarterfinal when she defeated 5th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova. Jankovic will meet Elena Dementieva at the quarterfinals of the 2006 US Open. They're playing the first match (11a.m.) at the Arthur Ashe Stadium on Tuesday.
In teir current Head-to-Head, Dementieva leads 2-1. The last time they met was barely a month ago at the Finals of the JP Morgan Chase Open at Los Angeles, California. Elena won that match 6-3 4-6 6-4. But that won't matter tomorrow as they will be fighting for a spot in the semis of the Open.
Jankovic is making her Grand Slam quarterfinal debut while this is Dementieva's 6th time. In the US Open, Dementieva has never lost a match in the quarters in 3 attempts. She reached the semis in 2000 (l. to Davenport) and 2005 (l. to Pierce in 3s), and the Finals in 2004 (l. to Kuznetsova). This Grand Slam is where Elena shows her best tennis and where she usually makes a good run.
Let's look at how they got to the QF:
On the way to the QF, Jankovic has already made 2 upsets, beating #10 Vaidisova at the 3rd round and #7 Kuznetsova in the 4th, along the way. Jankovic has dropped 2 sets on the way. Dementieva on the other hand has faced a bunch on unseeded players and 33rd seed Zvonoreva. She hasn't dropped a set during the entire tournament and her toughest test came from Aravane Rezai in the 4th round.
Jankovic had a tougher 4th round match than Dementieva. Dementieva's match against Rezai only lasted 1:19 while Jankovic's match against Kuznetsova was a staggering 2:19. Playing the match exactly a day after does not bode well for both girls. Jankovic was having breathing problems on her match against Kuznetsova yesterday while Dementieva's thigh seems to be hurt. The quarterfinal match would be a question of who will outlast the other one.
I was able to catch some parts of both girls' 4th round matches and Jankovic's backhand really amazed me. If Dementieva does not clean up her act and bring her best game in the QF, we might see Jankovic make another upset. But if Dementieva plays to form, serves well and makes few unforced errors, she'll probably head on to the semis. I expect a lot of drama in this match.
I hope Elena's thigh is okay. Let's hope for the best.
|posted by mjgrace22 @ 12:54 PM