Who is a better player - Lena D or Lena B? - TennisForum.com
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old Oct 3rd, 2004, 04:35 PM Thread Starter
country flag JCF
Senior Member
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 346
Who is a better player - Lena D or Lena B?

K, just got a bad rep from someone saying than Lena B is miles better than Lena D will ever be

Everything suggests Lena D is better, results, ranking etc. So who do you think is the better player?

My favourite players:

Venus Williams
2000 Wimbledon, US Open
2001 Wimbledon, US Open
2005 Wimbledon

Nastya Myskina
2004 RG Champion
JCF is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old Oct 3rd, 2004, 04:36 PM
Senior Member
*Karen*'s Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 1,525
I think Lena D is better, but she doesn't always seem like she's the better player.
*Karen* is offline  
post #3 of 24 (permalink) Old Oct 3rd, 2004, 04:37 PM
Senior Member
Mateo Mathieu's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Cockatoo Island
Posts: 61,721
Purr serving would still beat the whole Bovina, I afraid

Inspiration is for amateurs

Faves: Mona Barthel / Samantha Stosur / Roberta Vinci
Mateo Mathieu is offline  
post #4 of 24 (permalink) Old Oct 3rd, 2004, 04:48 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: SS Dementieva
Posts: 5,077
I think Bovina is talented. She is so committed to cmoing to net and adding that variety to her game. And her BH is huge.

However, Elena's 'poor' serving is still winning her matches. And big matches at that too. Her groundies are one of the best in the world. She moves deceptively well for a tall lady and can play defense and offense with ease. She has great power off the ground. The only liability is the 2ND SERVE. However she's been Top 5, RUP at 2 GS, has titles, etc. and numerous wins against top players.

And if the indication is correct, she has much more to improve and can really only go up!

So Elena Dementieva is my pick.

Elena Dementieva AFR
DEETHELICK is offline  
post #5 of 24 (permalink) Old Oct 3rd, 2004, 04:50 PM
Team WTAworld
Senior Member
CooCooCachoo's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Upstate New York
Posts: 63,592
Elena Dementieva is really the better player, but the serve just lacks, obviously..


Bemelmans|Camerin|Cornet|Crivoi|Cuevas|Dentoni|Dod ig|Garbin|Granollers
Hlavackova|Ilhan|Kohli|Kuznetsov|Lammer|Mannarino| Menendez|Phau|Polansky

CooCooCachoo is offline  
post #6 of 24 (permalink) Old Oct 3rd, 2004, 04:51 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 436
I’m still in the process of deciding who is the more hyped.
Evelyn Tremble is offline  
post #7 of 24 (permalink) Old Oct 3rd, 2004, 04:51 PM
Senior Member
thelittlestelf's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 4,393
Elena Dementieva is a better player, but Elena Bovina is more complete just because of her serve.

They both have great groundstrokes!


thelittlestelf is offline  
post #8 of 24 (permalink) Old Oct 3rd, 2004, 04:59 PM
Senior Member
faboozadoo15's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: united states
Posts: 22,904
lena d is the better player. her mind and fighting spirit really make her compete to her potential time and again, and even without a serve, she's great and beats lots of top players.
faboozadoo15 is offline  
post #9 of 24 (permalink) Old Oct 3rd, 2004, 05:03 PM
Senior Member
cometz9's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 9,628
Lena D is moves much better than Lena B but Lena B has a much better serve than Lena D but Lena D is a better player IMO but i think Lena B will only get better. Both are playing really well so far, so thats good.
cometz9 is offline  
post #10 of 24 (permalink) Old Oct 3rd, 2004, 05:10 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 136
Rankings isnt the only way to decide who is better, Bovina has had injury problems and illnesses the last 2 years while Dementieva has played full seasons.

There's 2 ways to look at this:

Against the rest of the tour, Dementieva has the advantage. Dementieva is arguably the best rally player in the game. Most players on tour cannot properly attack her serve, and dont have a powerful serve game, and if that's the case, Dementieva will likely beat all those players. Which is why she has success against much of the current Top 10, because they're more defensive-minded, or just can't return her ugly 2nd serve for some reason (Davenport). While Bovina is your run-of-the-mill brainless bash-n'-smash player, but not the best at it, so the top players will usually play the percentages and win 2 out of 3 sets.

Head-to-head, Bovina has the advantage. Bovina dictates every point when they play. The result simply comes down to Good Bovina = Win, Bad Bovina = Loss. Also, take in account if the surface is slower, which would enhance Dementieva's chances.
eddy is offline  
post #11 of 24 (permalink) Old Oct 4th, 2004, 03:31 PM
Senior Member
VeraNuVirgosFan's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Southeast Asia
Posts: 5,728
Elena Dementieva!!

YVera Brezhneva
of Nu Virgos * ВИА-Гра
Vera – You are my #1!! Я тебя так благодарна!!

* Maша Sharapova * Nicole V * Venus * Лена Dementieva * K-Lina Šprem *
VeraNuVirgosFan is offline  
post #12 of 24 (permalink) Old Oct 4th, 2004, 03:36 PM
Senior Member
goldenlox's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: cyberspace
Posts: 103,167
Elena D. has been to the final of two majors this year. Until Lena B. has a big breakthrough at a major, I have to say Elena D.
But if Bovina can stay healthy for a full year, she might surprise some people.

The most wasted of all days is one without laughter....
Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there
Enjoy This Moment!!

goldenlox is offline  
post #13 of 24 (permalink) Old Oct 4th, 2004, 04:52 PM
Captain of the SS Dementieva
Dementinator's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Bridge SS Dementieva
Posts: 15,125
definately Lena D

If Lena is on full form and playing her best then she can and does beat anyone,even if
serve not great ,she has tremendous speed ,power and groundstrokes and I have not
seen anybody else fight as hard as her ,she just keeps on and on still hitting massively
after 2 hours plus of playing seemingly without problems, I just wish I had that much
power and fitness!!
Her only real prob is when her mind is not on the job she can then and does lose to anybody ,but on form she is much better than any of the russians I believe inc Myskina
and Sharapova too, her hardest opponent is herself sometimes!!
Dementinator is offline  
post #14 of 24 (permalink) Old Oct 4th, 2004, 05:11 PM
Senior Member
Sarah<Kim-fan>'s Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Ruiselede
Posts: 3,778
I saw them playing yesterday, and they're both really great players!!! and about Elena D. her serve, most of her first serves only get like 105 km/h or somehting like that, but there is quite some spin on it!! When I saw that serve on tv, I always wondered why her oponents didn't attack on that serve, but yesterday I saw why...
and Elena B., really talented girl!! A pity she couldn't go on on the level she played that first set, and she really should have taken those chances to lead 5-1, but if she keeps playing like this, and doesn't get injured again, I wouldn't be surprised to see her get really far!!!

who's the best? at this moment probably Dementieva, but both girls still have so much potential!


Thanks for everything Kim!!!

(`*•.¸(`*•.¸ ¸.•*´¸.•*´)


(¸.•*´(¸.•*´ `*•.¸)`*•.¸)

Sarah<Kim-fan> is offline  
post #15 of 24 (permalink) Old Oct 4th, 2004, 06:52 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: SS Dementieva
Posts: 5,077
Bovina always dictates play against Elena? LOL.

The h2h is 4-2 in Elena's favour, and whilst that 6-1 6-1 was outstanding, that was an ON day for Bovina. No player can play like that every day.

Bovina is slower than Elena, her groundstrokes aren't as consistent and accurate as Elena's, she comes to net, but apart from that, there isn't HUGE variety in Bovina;s game and she does not have the same mental toughness Elena has.

Elena D has proved herself on all surfaces, reaching at least a final on all of them.

The only advantage Bovina has is the serve, but Elena seems capable enough to take that on too.

Bovina is talented, Elena D just has that extra oopmh needed to be an elite player.

Elena Dementieva AFR
DEETHELICK is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the TennisForum.com forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome