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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?

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I think Lena D is better, but she doesn't always seem like she's the better player.
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Purr serving would still beat the whole Bovina, I afraid

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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.

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Elena Dementieva is really the better player, but the serve just lacks, obviously..


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I’m still in the process of deciding who is the more hyped.
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Elena Dementieva is a better player, but Elena Bovina is more complete just because of her serve.

They both have great groundstrokes!


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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.
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post #9 of 24 (permalink) Old Oct 3rd, 2004, 06:03 PM
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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.
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post #10 of 24 (permalink) Old Oct 3rd, 2004, 06:10 PM
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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.
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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.

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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!!
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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!


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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.

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