Alexandra Stevenson (USA) def. Julia Vakulenko (UKR) 6-3, 6-7, 6-3
in 3rd round qualies.. thats the first time alex has won 3 matches in a row all year
next stop: a win in the maindraw? (she is a great indoors player and before losing that tiebreak she hadnt lost a set in qualies)
Elena Dementieva Current Ranking: #5
2006 Single Win/Loss Record: 42-14
2006 Doubles Win/Loss Record: 15-10 Winner(2): Tokyo Pan Pacific Open (Tier I), JPMorgan Chase Open (Tier II)
Finalist(1): Pacific Life Open (Tier I)
I doubt that those who question Alex's talent, training, and motivation (i.e. "haters" to you), will be impressed by her getting out of the quallies. Poutchek has done that time after time in much more difficult qualie draws than this one...... not to mention Kleinova... and I don't hear anyone singing their praises.