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
Thursday, May 31, 2007
RG R3: Dementieva to face Bartoli
Elena Dementieva will face another French locale, Marion Bartoli in the 3rd round of Roland Garros. They've met twice before, with Dementieva prevailing in both matches. None of those previous matches were in clay though.

Bartoli is currently ranked 21st in the world and she plays double-handed on both sides. I've watched this girl play a few times already but I really don't know what to make of her game. She is a baseliner. She's pretty good and that's what brought her to the top 25. She could definitely make life difficult for Elena on Friday.

The problem with yesterday's match against Johansson was that a lot errors once again came from Elena's racket. And the double faults kept coming at odd times. Watching more and more of Lena's matches, it seems to me that all the double faulting all comes from how high or how low her confidence is at a certain moment. So for tomorrow, I hope she gets a good start and make it to the fourth round.

Good Luck Elena!!!
posted by mjgrace22 @ 7:17 AM   0 comments
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
RG R2: Dementieva fights hard
What a relief!!!

This match against Mathilde Johansson was pretty much up and down for Elena. When it looked like Elena is cruising, Johansson would fight back and scare us all. And that 2nd set was really scary for a while. Good thing that Elena Dementieva had the experience and closed the match in straight sets 7-5 7-5.

This was not an easy match so it's good that she has a day off tomorrow to prepare for her next match. She will face either Marion Bartoli of France or another German by the name of Andrea Petkovic.

I was looking at the rankings a while ago and I realized that she has a good shot of returning to the Top 10 if she makes a good run here at the French Open. Let's hope for the best!

Good Luck Elena!


posted by mjgrace22 @ 8:34 PM   0 comments
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
RG 07: Elena reaches 2nd round with no hiccups
Well, not totally no hiccups. There were unforced errors all over the court... but the main thing is that Elena Dementieva needed only over an hour to reach the second round. She bested Angelique Kerber 6-3 6-2. The first set was a bit close because Elena comitted a ton of unforced errors. But the second set was a joy, not for Kerber, but for Elena and her fans.

The tally of unforced errors in the first set was a bit disturbing as she had 30 while Kerbers total points won in that set was only 32. Whew! It's good that she was able to wrap it up quickly. Anyway, the encouraging stat about today's match is that she ventured to the net not just a couple of times. She was 88% (7/8) in net approaches and it's nice to see her being aggressive.

Next up for her is Mathilde Johansson who bested the slumping Anna Lena Groenefeld 7-5 6-4. Johansson and Dementieva has never met before. 126th ranked Johansson would be the fan favorite in that match as she is a local. Dementieva would be the heavy favorite in this match and I hope she delivers.

Good Luck Elena!!!


posted by mjgrace22 @ 8:46 PM   0 comments
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Roland Garros Preview
Roland Garros kicks off today and after winning Istanbul, Elena Dementieva faces a tough road at the French Open. She opens against against Angelique Kerber of Germany who is currently ranked 93 in the world. I don't know much about Kerber as virtually nothing is on her WTA profile page. But Elena should not underestimate her and do her best to reach the second round. Elena has this thing about first rounds where she tends to struggle so I hope she gets through this. She should have a lot of confidence coming in to this match and should definitely come out as the winner.

In the second round, she could face either Mathilde Johansson of France or the struggling and unseeded Anna Lena Groenefeld. Groenefeld has been struggling since late last year and hasn't come back into her old form which brought her to the Top 20. She used to be a good clay court player but this year has been a complete disappointment for her. She'll most likely be Dementieva's second round opponent and if she's come to terms with herself, she could be a very dangerous opponent.

In the third round, she'd probably face Marion Bartoli[18] or Aravane Rezai who Dementieva beat just yesterday at Istanbul. Rezai struggled with injuries but had a great week in Istanbul beating Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova. Bartoli on the other hand has had a ho-hum clay court season.

If Elena wins her third round match, the road will get much tougher from then on. In the fourth round, she'll likely face Venus Williams or the in-form Jelena Jankovic. Jankovic stormed through the ranking and is currently the world no. 4. Venus Williams on the other hand is coming back from an injury like Elena and looking for a grand slam breakthrough this year. Both girls are very tough opponents for Elena but I hope that she could get past them.

Possible quarterfinal opponents for Elena are Nadia Petrova and Nicole Vaidisova. Both girls are suffering from injury as of late. In the top quarter of the draw are Justine Henin and Serena Williams.

Good Luck Elena!!!


posted by mjgrace22 @ 7:19 PM   0 comments
Saturday, May 26, 2007
Dementieva wins Istanbul!!!
Just when I wasn't expecting a lot from Elena, she wins it all. And she does it in a very fashionable way beating quality players. Just moments ago, Elena Dementieva won the Istanbul Cup when Aravane Rezai retired with a knee injury while Dementieva was leading 7-6(5) 3-0. This win is her 7th career WTA title and her first in red clay. It's pretty hard to imagine that this is her first win on red clay even if she reached the finals of Roland Garros three years ago.

This win will definitely give Elena a much needed confidence boost heading on to Roland Garros. It's great!!! She can be a force at Roland Garros this coming two weeks. I hope her the best.

Roland Garros preview will be up later in the day. Sorry if I wasn't able to update the site this week, I was very busy with work. But I guess, I didn't jinx Elena no? ;)

Congrats Elena! Let's continue this good form to Roland Garros! Good Luck!!!
posted by mjgrace22 @ 10:40 PM   0 comments
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Rome: Jankovic crushes Dementieva
Yesterday, Elena Dementieva was competing at her first quarterfinal appearance since coming back from a 2-month injury layoff. Her opponent was Jelena Jankovic. Yesterday's match, I think, is a good measure where Elena stands right now before heading to Roland Garros.

Unfortunately, it's not a very good news for us fans as Jelena Jankovic cruised by her 6-2 6-1. I can't believa how easy the matc was for Jankovic. But I hope that this will awaken Elena and go to the practice courts to get better. That serve should really be fixed and she shouldn't just stay in the baseline all match long.

She's scheduled to play Istanbul next week but I hope she pulls out from there. She's been playing 3 straight weeks and I want her as fresh as she can be heading to Roland Garros.

Davai Elena!
posted by mjgrace22 @ 3:19 PM   1 comments
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Rome: Petrova's retirement sends Dementieva to QF against Jankovic
Unfortunately, the match between Elena Dementieva and Nadia Petrova was never finished. Petrova retired from the match while Dementieva was leading and up a break at 4-3 due to a back injury. This retirement from Petrova sends Dementieva to her first quarterfinal appearance since her rib injury and she will face new Top 5-er Jelena Jankovic.

Jelena Jankovic has been in great form since the late last season and is tearing up the ranks real fast. She has already won a clay tournament this season at Tier 1 Charleston. Interestingly, Dementieva and Jankovic split all their previous matches in half. Who could forget their final 2 meetings? Just before last year's US Open, Elena Dementieva defeated Jelena Jankovic in a thrilling 3-set final in Los Angeles where she won her 6th career title. A few weeks later, they met at the quarterfinals of the US Open where Jankovic pulled an upset and cruised past Dementieva.

As I said earlier, Jankovic is in terrific form and is oozing with confidence. If Elena can manage to serve really well and trim down her errors, she can very well upset Jelena. Both women are not the toughest mentally but their baseline games are both good so Dementieva should be very aggressive and take charge to win this. I can't remember the last time Elena has beaten a Top 10 player so I hope she does it tomorrow.

Davai Elena!!!
posted by mjgrace22 @ 10:45 PM   0 comments
Rome R3: Dementieva vs Petrova... again!
For the second week in a row, Elena Dementieva and Nadia Petrova is playing each other again. This time, the winner of the match would go on to the quarterfinals of the Italian Open.

Last week, Petrova extended her lead in their H2H series as she dispatched Dementieva 6-3 6-3 in Berlin. Petrova is a very good returner and her serve is very good as well so Dementieva always has a hard time finding a way to beat her. Tonight, Dementieva should serve better and be more aggressive. She should come to the net more often and not try to outslug Petrova in the baseline. Petrova could chase a lot of balls so staying in the baseline is not really a good idea and it may just cause Elena to commit more unforced errors.

It's an important match tonight. Elena hasn't reached the quarterfinals of any tournament since February so let's hope that she wins tonight.

Davai Elena!
posted by mjgrace22 @ 7:45 AM   0 comments
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Rome: Elena wins against Castano
Today was another pretty straightforward match from Elena Dementieva. She was only slightly challenged by Catalina Castano as Dementieva tookm control to win the match 6-4 6-3.

The first set was pretty competitive and the key to winning that set was serving well. Elena did a very good job in that set having an 85% 1st serve percentage and committing only 2 double faults. The second set wasn't better as her 1st serve % dropped and she also added 6 DFs to her tally. What she lacked in her service on the second set, she had it going on her returns. She converted all three of her breakpoints in the 2nd set.

Elena has now easily won both her matches in Rome but the players she beat are both ranked way lower than her. The next one is surely tougher as she'll most likely face Nadia Petrova. If she does face Petrova in the third round, I hope that she wins this time. She hasn't reached the quarterfinal of any tournament since her comeback and she hasn't beaten anybody notable this season. Although Petrova is no longer a Top 10 player, she is still a force on clay. I hope Elena is up to the task of getting to the QF.

By the way, I was able to watch the 2nd set of Elena's 1st round match against Camerin and I think that she serves harder than ever. She still has some service accuracy issues though. The only thing that bothered me is the fact that she just stayed on the baseline. I didn't see her approach the net at all. If she wants to win against the top players, she needs to be more aggressive. She has a good net play so it's really a wonder to me why she doesn't approach the net anymore.

What I like about what I saw in the match is how fresh Elena looks. She doesn't look tired at all. And she seems so focused. I guess it's a good sign. I hope Elena is peaking in time for Roland Garros and Wimbledon.

Davai Elena!
posted by mjgrace22 @ 8:46 PM   0 comments
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Rome: Dementieva cruises into 2nd round
Last night was a pretty good one for Elena Dementieva. She didn't have so much difficulty overcoming her opponent so she blitzed past Maria Elena Camerin 6-1 6-2 in just over an hour. Camerin only held serve once.

Next up for Dementieva is 110th ranked Catalina Castano. Elena and Castano has never faced each other on court before. Castano, a qualifier, is a 6-1 7-5 winner over Karin Knapp.

I'm happy with Elena's win last night but looking at the stats, she still has a pretty low 2nd serve percentage. If she really wants to have a chance against Nadia Petrova on the third round, she better clean it up because she can't serve just like that with the good players. It's been so long since Elena has beaten a top player.

Davai Elena!
posted by mjgrace22 @ 5:47 AM   0 comments
Monday, May 14, 2007
Another week with Elena in Rome
We are now on week 3 of Elena's comeback. This week, Elena is competing at the Tier 1 tournament in Rome, Italy. She is seeded 10th in this tournament.

Elena will face Italy's very own, Maria Elena Camerin in the first round. Camerin is currently ranked at No. 75. Dementieva and Camerin had 2 previous matches which were both won by Dementieva. Both matches were on hard courts.

If Elena gets through this, she will face either Catalina Castano or Karin Knapp. Nadia Petrova will be her most likely opponent in the third round. Jelena Jankovic is also in her quarter while Serena Williams and Amelie Mauresmo are in their half. This is one very tough draw.

Go Elena! Good luck!

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posted by mjgrace22 @ 9:24 AM   0 comments
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Berlin: Dementieva loses to Petrova
Elena Dementieva lost to Nadia Petrova at the Berlin Open 6-3 6-3 just a few minutes ago. More updates about the match later today.

Ciao for now.
posted by mjgrace22 @ 10:59 PM   0 comments
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Berlin: Dementieva sneaks to 3rd round
Would you call it a Dementieva match if it was not a three-setter? Most likely not. Today was no exception. Another thrilling three-setter from Elena Dementieva. This time, her victim is Meghann Shaughnessy. Dementieva rallied back from a set down to win the match 5-7 6-3 6-1. After dropping the first set, it was pretty much all Elena. She even served much better today. Only 6 double faults and very good service percentages. If she carries on like this, I won't be surprised if she beats Nadia Petrova in the 3rd round tomorrow.

Nadia Petrova had an easier match than Elena today. Petrova beat Severine Bremond 6-4 6-2. Petrova and Dementieva met 9 times previously, Petrova leading 6-3. It's hardly a basis of what could possibly happen tomorrow as their last meeting was way back in 2004 where Elena bested Nadia in straight sets. It's weird that both girls have been together in the top 10 for so long but they never really faced each other when both were top 10. Petrova is still there at number 9 while Elena has slipped in the rankings because of her recent injury. Both are experiencing far from stellar years this season but tomorrow's match can change all that. Whoever wins that match just might start a good swing. I just have a feeling....

Anyways, I hope it's Elena who reaches the quarters. She really needs it.

Davai Elena!

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posted by mjgrace22 @ 9:47 PM   0 comments
Berlin R2: Dementieva vs SHaughnessy
After yesterday's grueling 2-hour match, Dementieva will have to face yet another tough opponent by the name of Meghann Shaughnessy.

Meghann Shaughnessy is currently ranked at No. 56. She's basically a baseline player. Dementieva and Shaughnessy met 3 times previously and Elena has the upper hand leading 2-1. The last time day met was at the 2nd round of Wimbledon 2006 where Elena made a dramatic comeback to win 5-7 6-3 7-5. I remember that match pretty well because I watched it live on TV and I was like "Oh my God! I hope Elena wins!". It was a very tough match.

After yesterday's match, I'm sure Elena is pretty tired by now. But she is a very good athlete so I hope that there's still enough fuel in her to get to the next round. She served 11 double faults last night and her 2nd serve was pretty bad so I hope that changes a bit today. I wanna see her hungry for a win and prove that she still got what it takes to be Top 10.

Davai Lena!

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posted by mjgrace22 @ 6:26 AM   0 comments
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Elena edges Santangelo to Berlin 2nd Round
Hi guys! Just an update...

Elena Dementieva defeated Mara Santangelo 4-6 6-1 6-4 in a 2 hour, 18 minute match which consisted of wind gusts, rain delays and a flurry of double faults.

I only followed the match through live scores. Santangelo led 3-0 in the final set but Elena broke back to keep it on serve at 2-3. And then there was a delay. After that it was mostly Elena.

Next up would either be Tathiana Garbin or Meghann Shaughnessy. Garbin is playing well lately but so did Santangelo.

Well done Lena! Good luck on your next match!!!

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posted by mjgrace22 @ 9:25 PM   1 comments
Monday, May 07, 2007
Tough road lies ahead in Berlin
This week, Elena Dementieva flies to Berlin, Germany to participate in the Qatar Telecom German Open. This is one of two Tier I clay tournaments in the WTA Tour.

Last week, Dementieva fell to Venus Williams in the 2nd Round of the Warsaw tournament but she comes back this week with some matches under her belt. But another tough road lies ahead for her.

Her injury saw her ranking slide to number 13 so she only got to be the 10th seed this week. Because of this, she did not receive a first round BYE. On her opening round, she will face 31st-ranked Mara Santangelo of Italy. Interestingly, the two never faced each other before. Santangelo is a good player and can pull an upset but I think Elena will be prepared for this match.

If Elena wins her 1st match, the following are her possible opponents in the next few rounds:
2nd round: Meghann Shaughnessy or Tathiana Garbin
3rd round: Nadia Petrova
QF: Svetlana Kuznetsova or Shahar Peer
SF: Jelena Jankovic, Li Na or Justine Henin
Honestly, I think Elena can go as far as the quarters. If she plays well, even farther. Her quarterfinal possible opponents are very beatable.

Davai Elena!

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posted by mjgrace22 @ 8:21 PM   0 comments
Thursday, May 03, 2007
Williams ends Dementieva's comeback
This was no easy match for Venus Williams and Elena Dementieva. It was a battle of who spirits, of who could outlast the other. In the end of the 2-hour match, Venus prevailed 6-1 7-6(4).

In the course of the first set, Elena had a hard time holding her serve and Venus served well. But the second set was really competitive as both women traded breaks and almost every game was close. Venus served for the match twice but Elena broke her and forced a tie-breaker. Venus reeled off 3 straight points in the tie-breaker but Elena countered with her own set of 3 points. In the end, it was Venus who came out better in this match.

I'd say that this week is still a pretty good one. We can't really expect much right now as she's just coming back from a very serious injury. It will take some time to rediscover her form. But I hope that she'll be in full steam come Roland Garros.

Davai Elena!

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posted by mjgrace22 @ 10:31 PM   0 comments
Rib Injury=Retirement? Almost.
I just saw this news a while ago, and I was really surprised.

Alright, we all know that Elena had an injury which sidelined her for more than two months. Yesterday, we learned that she had 3 broken ribs. And today, we learn that she thought of retiring and not coming back to tour.

It was a bit sad that she thought about retirement. She's still young and I think that there may be great things left for her still. It broke my heart when she said that she thought she lost everything when she was injured and that she can't do anything. Oh Lena. :(

But I'm really glad that Elena's back. It just shows that she still has some fight in her. I hope her injury heals fully so she can get back to the top. Davai Elena!

Right now, Elena is trailing Venus 1-6 2-2. It's tough right now, but a win is still possible. If she doesn't win today, we'll all understand and hope that she'll do better on her next tournament.

We love you Elena! Vamos!

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posted by mjgrace22 @ 9:37 PM   0 comments
Elena comes back with a win, Venus next
First off, I'd like to apologize if I wasn't able to update this site much earlier. I was planning to make a post last week about Elena Dementieva's comeback this week but my dial-up network sucks. I just had my DSL connection today so I could promise you that I'm blogging in this site again. I'll post results and previews as soon as I can.

Let's get down to business.

On Tuesday, Elena Dementieva narrowly won her match against Meileen Tu (USA) 6(5)-7 6-0 7-5. Both women had difficulty holding their serves and making them. It was really a bad situation for both girls as they played with long pants and long-sleeved shirts because of the cold weather. It even snowed at one point in their match. It's a pretty nice win for Elena. And what a roller-coaster ride for us fans it was.

At the post-match conference, Elena mentioned that it was her 3 broken ribs that kept her off the tour for more than 2 months. I knew it a rib injury but I didn't think that it was that bad. Obviously, this injury is still affecting Elena, especially her serve. In tonight's match against Venus Williams, she could not let this affect her.

Venus Williams and Elena Dementieva has battled 6 times before where Venus leads Elena 4-2. The last time they met was during the 2nd round of FedCup action where Venus creamed Elena alive 1 and 2.

We all know that Dementieva has some problems facing the Williamses particularly because of her weak serve and Williams has a pretty good and effective one. It will be harder for her to break Venus because she serves really good especially when she's on her element.

I still think that Elena has a good chance of advancing to the quarters tonight. The present Venus is not yet the Venus of old. She's had a good comeback winning Memphis but lately, she showed that she could lose to good players. Although Elena lacks matches, Elena showed us on her previous match that when push comes to shove, she still knows how to win.

I really hope Elena does well tonight. I know she can.

Davai Elena!

I'm just happy to see her back on the tour. It's not the same without her.
posted by mjgrace22 @ 9:00 AM   0 comments
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