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
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Thursday, August 30, 2007
Dementieva to face Bammer in US Open 3rd round
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.

posted by mjgrace22 @ 9:42 PM   0 comments
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Dementieva passes first test
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.

posted by mjgrace22 @ 8:25 PM   0 comments
Saturday, August 25, 2007
How will Elena fare at the 2007 US Open?
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.

Davai Elena!
posted by mjgrace22 @ 10:18 PM   4 comments
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Pilot Pen Tennis 2007 Preview
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.

Davai Elena!
posted by mjgrace22 @ 4:38 PM   2 comments
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Dementieva loses to 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.

Davai Elena!
posted by mjgrace22 @ 7:00 PM   0 comments
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Dementieva and Pennetta plays again and wins
It's been a pretty long time since Elena Dementieva has played doubles but in this week's Roger's Cup, she reunited with Flavia Pennetta to pull out an impressive win against Eleni Daniilidou and Jane Woehr 6-1 6-1. They will face Mara Santangelo and Alicia Molik in the next round. Molik and Santangelo are seeded third.

In singles, Elena is seeded eighth so she received a first round bye. She will face Francesca Schiavone who toughed out a 3-set match against youngster Tamira Paszek yesterday. I'm hoping that she won't have a hard time getting through Schiavone tomorrow.

Davai Elena!
posted by mjgrace22 @ 8:22 AM   0 comments
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Dementieva out of Top 15 for the first time since 2003
When you look at the Sony Wricsson WTA Tour rankings on Monday, you would be surprised not to see Elena Dementieva in the Top 15. With today's loss against Maria Sharapova 3-6 4-6, Elena Dementieva will slip to No. 17 in the world rankings.

Now I get it why Elena has to play Toronto next week, to try and boost her ranking so she can be seeded inside the top 16 of the US Open. She usually doesn't play that event. I hope she does well next week and get more ranking points.

Davai Elena!
posted by mjgrace22 @ 1:21 PM   3 comments
Friday, August 10, 2007
Dementieva and Sharapova gets LA rematch
A year ago, Elena Dementieva snapped her losing streak against Maria Sharapova at the semifinals of this tournament en route to the title. Tomorrow, they will once again face off each other, this time for a slot in the semis.

This will be their 9th career meeting with Sharapova currently holding an overwhelming 6-2 lead against Dementieva. Earlier today, both played and won their quarterfinal matches in very different fashion. Who would have thought that Elena Dementieva would cruise in her match against Daniela Hantuchova while Maria Sharapova would have a grueling 3-hour match against Michaella Krajicek? If you told me this earlier, I'd tell you you're crazy. But this is tennis, anything can happen.

Tomorrow, anything can also happen. Sharapova is probably the overwhelming favorite but I would not count out Elena just yet. Elena has been playing better and it looks like she's getting more confident every match. Sharapova on the other hand just came from winning a title in San Diego last week and she must also think she has the upper hand against Dementieva.

All I can say is, Elena has a chance to upset Sharapova tomorrow. She is probably fresher than her opponent so she should take advantage of that. Good luck Elena!
posted by mjgrace22 @ 6:49 PM   0 comments
Dementieva notches win over Hantuchova
Elena Dementieva defeated Daniela Hantuchova at the third round of the East West Bank Classic 6-3 4-1 ret. I don't know why Hantuchova retired but Elena is definitely playing well. Seeing from the stats, Elena fired 4 aces, only 1 double fault and was never broken during the entire match.

Anyway, do you know what this means? Elena has notched her first top 10 win in ages! About time, I say!

This win also earns her a spot in the quarters and will probably face off Maria Sharapova or Michaella Krajicek if she can stop Sharapova.

More updates later....

Davai Elena!
posted by mjgrace22 @ 4:56 AM   1 comments
Thursday, August 09, 2007
Dementieva rolls to third round
Elena Dementieva started defending her title by routing her opponents in the first 2 rounds. Yesterday, she defeated Makarova 6-3 6-1. And just a while ago, She drubbed Madison Brengle 6-2 6-0. It was a very good start indeed.

Tomorrow will be more difficult of course as she's facing 5th seed Daniela Hantuchova. Hantuchova is currently ranked 10th in the world and if Elena beats her tomorrow, it'll be her first top 10 win of the year if I'm not mistaken. I honestly can't remember when was the last time she beat a top 10 player.

All the best to Elena. I hope she serves well tomorrow.

Davai Elena!
posted by mjgrace22 @ 5:23 AM   0 comments
Sunday, August 05, 2007
Dementieva defends LA title this year
Elena Dementieva will try to defend her East West Bank Classic title this week at Los Angeles, California. Standing between her and her title defense is a very tough draw.

We will see Dementieva battle a qualifier or a lucky loser in the first round. In the second round, she will face Madison Brengle or former doubles partner Flavia Pennetta. I miss seing them together in doubles matches. I hope they play together again. But if they face in the second round, I hope Elena emerges as victorious.

Daniela Hantuchova, seeded fifth, is looming in the third round. And then, Maria Sharapova in the quarters. Hopefully, Lena will make it to the quarters so she'll have a shot against Sharapova. Last year, she defeated Sharapova in this tournament en route to the title.

I wish Elena good luck. She played well in San Diego, and hopefully, the good form will continue or be better.

Davai Elena!
posted by mjgrace22 @ 9:09 PM   1 comments
Schnyder ends Dementieva's San Diego run
After an exciting first set which saw numerous service breaks and ended in a tie break, Elena Dementieva just couldn't keep up with Patty Schnyder in the 2nd set. Schnyder won the match 7-6(4) 6-0 and will move on to the finals tomorrow.

The first set was a battle. Dementieva started off by breaking Schnyder but was immediately broken back in her first service game. She had a lot of chances in the first set but her serve wasn't there at all. The second set was a service nightmare. There were a lot of DFs and her service percentage was really low.

Anyway, this has been a pretty good week for Elena. Reaching the semis here is actually a bit of a surprise considering that the field here is pretty strong. This is a good result and hopefully, she will have better results this summer.

Davai Elena!
posted by mjgrace22 @ 11:53 AM   1 comments
Saturday, August 04, 2007
Dementieva into San Diego semis
Elena is having a pretty good run at the Acura Classic at San Diego. She defeated Maria Kirilenko in the quarters 6-2 6-4 to reach her 2nd Tier 1 semifinal of the season. She will face Patty Schnyder next, the winner will take the lead in their head-to-head matches which is tied at 6-6, and will reach the finals.

This is great news for all of Elena's fans. It's been a while since we last saw her make a good run at a tournament. And hopefully, this is a sign of what's to come this summer.

Go Elena!!!
posted by mjgrace22 @ 3:16 PM   1 comments
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