Originally Posted by Volcana
She's a long way from using it.
But hse had a serve big enough to get free points. She doesn't hit totally flat, but uses just enough topspin for control. And her footwork allows her to exploit short balls to get to net.
Jenn abused her with low slices, which she'll have to learn to handle.
But I can see HOW this one could actually be a GS winner, something I don't see in the others. I'm not saying she WILL, by any matter of means. But a 6'3" player who can volley, and has a will to go to net, has weapons that can be trained to a GS winning level. She's not just a hard hitter, but she IS a hard hitter.
Of course, I'm biased cause she plays on stilts like Venus.
No... I love Bovina to death... but Lena does not have the most potential of the Russians...
Problem: She's slow as molasses. Maybe even slower than Lindsay. She has the power, and the shotmaking of Davenport... but it's rare that Lena ever hits as cleanly as Lindsay.
Get Bovina on a fast surface... when she's not injured, and playing well... she will control play against every player on tour with her aggressiveness, and put you away at net with her excellent volleying.
Originally Posted by joao
Since Bovina entered the top20, she's gone backwards ... why exactly is she struggling so much lately? She has wins over Capriati and Davenport in the last year ...
Lena got mono early in 2003... and that pretty much killed the entire year. Then, once Lena finally was playing well again in Moscow, Filderstadt, and Zurich... she had a nagging knee injury, and that affected her for much of this year also.
Apparently, she's finally back to full health now. Stay that way.
Originally Posted by tennisilove09
I thought so too when I saw her play Capriati at last year's New Haven. But she only seems to play good matches against Capriati.
Not true... those are just the only matches you, and probably everyone else here, have seen of Bovina.
Lena's match against Venus at Collins Cup '02 was awesome. I know it was just an exho, but Lena played so, so well there. Being able to dictate play against Venus... you don't see that too often.
The best match I've seen from Lena was her Round of 16 match in Toronto against Coetzer. That was a flat-out ass kicking from start to finish. Mandy tried her best to be a wall... but Lena just kept taking everything early, and hitting crazy winner after crazy winner.