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Exclamation 2004 Nasdaq-100 Women's Final: Dementieva vs. Williams

(1)Serena Williams vs. (5)Elena Dementieva
There isn't really much to say; the two-time defending champion who is coming back from an injury and playing well against somenoe who played well enough to get to the final. If Eleni Daniilidou's statements about Serena's serve are any indication and knowing how Serena is going to pounce on Elena's soft second serves, Seren will be the champion.
Prediction: Sernea in striaght sets, possibly 6-3. 6-3 or 6-2
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I predict Dementieva in three. She has to know Serena is going to jump on those second serves more than Venus. So if she plays it smart, she'll be good to go. Good luck Lena! Fight hard!

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Elena in straight sets. 6:2, 6:4. Serena is nowhere near Top 10 form yet.

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Methinks this could go to three but Serena should pull it out. Elena played GREAT today
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I predict Dementieva in three. She has to know Serena is going to jump on those second serves more than Venus.
It is very difficult to jump on those second serves if your footwork is not there. Serena will try to jump on those serves. She will be netting and overhitting good half of them.

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Elena in straight sets. 6:2, 6:4. Serena is nowhere near Top 10 form yet.
Funny, she is in form enough to get to a final in her first match back from a serious injury. In fact, she was winning titles while she was injured and though their only meeting was on grass, Serena beat her in straight sets and again, she had a bum knee.
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Funny, she is form enough to get to a final in her first match back from a serious injury. In fact, she was winning titles while she was injured and though their only meeting was on grass, Serena beat her in straight sets and again, she had a bum knee.
And whom did she beat to get there? A bunch of low ranked headcases?

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I think dementieva if it goes 3 sets, or serena in straight 6-4 7-5.

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Elena in straight sets. 6:2, 6:4. Serena is nowhere near Top 10 form yet.
um didnt you predict nadia to win the whole thing???

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And whom did she beat to get there? A bunch of low ranked headcases?
So did Justine two weeks ago, but I don't remember seeing you saying anything about that. And she wasn't coming back from an injury.
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And whom did she beat to get there? A bunch of low ranked headcases?
so now serena just has to deal with a higher ranked head case.

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so now serena just has to deal with a higher ranked head case.
with a horrible second serve and who forgot how to come to net!
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so now serena just has to deal with a higher ranked head case.
Used to be. Now Elena got probably the best coach in the world and it seems to work wonders for her. That seems to be the key to her success. Her tactical planning for recent matches was impeccable, which has never been the case before. She is winning those matches and she is really starting to believe in herself. I am really getting excited.

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So did Justine two weeks ago, but I don't remember seeing you saying anything about that. And she wasn't coming back from an injury.
Justine beat two Top 10 players. And coming back from an injury is not exactly going to help on Saturday. Elena got a shot at Willams double that nobody is probably going to ever have again.

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Aranxta Sanchez is the only person who has beaten both Williams sisters en route to a tourament win (Kim doesn't count as one of her wins was a retirement)

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