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This could be Elena D's Grand Slam to win

With Kim, Serena, Venus, Maria, JHH, Amelie, Nadia and Lindsay all with possible injury or less than 100%, the '06 AO Grand Slam is a HUGE opportunity for someone to step up to the plate.

In my opinion, that player is Elena D. I hope she's practicing hard somewhere for this.

Two other Russians - Kuznetsova and Myskina both lack match play and are both not at the level they were at when they won their GS titles.

Dementieva has the game to do it and the experience of walking out in court in a GS final (twice !).
If not her, i can see Vaidisova making a breakthrough to the final.

thoughts on this huge opportunity ?
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I love your saying but...

1) Lena says she doesn't do well in Australis because of the damn heat.
2) You can't gurantee plays 100%, she's inconsistant
3) Lena has to be mentally stronger to win a GS anyway

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With Kim, Serena, Venus, Maria, JHH, Amelie, Nadia and Lindsay all with possible injury or less than 100%, the '06 AO Grand Slam is a HUGE opportunity for someone to step up to the plate.

In my opinion, that player is Elena D. I hope she's practicing hard somewhere for this.

Two other Russians - Kuznetsova and Myskina both lack match play and are both not at the level they were at when they won their GS titles.

Dementieva has the game to do it and the experience of walking out in court in a GS final (twice !).
If not her, i can see Vaidisova making a breakthrough to the final.

thoughts on this huge opportunity ?

Sveta is lacking macth play? She played more matches this year than Elena

PS. and according to people who watch her matches, Sveta is playing really well at the moment

and in general, Lena could only win with all those players beung injured... that's an "awesome" compliment

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Leave Lena alone...she will do better without this...
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You are absolutely right Lena D will win this. I'n just praying she won't meet Kim.
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With Kim, Serena, Venus, Maria, JHH, Amelie, Nadia and Lindsay all with possible injury or less than 100%, the '06 AO Grand Slam is a HUGE opportunity for someone to step up to the plate.

In my opinion, that player is Elena D. I hope she's practicing hard somewhere for this.

Two other Russians - Kuznetsova and Myskina both lack match play and are both not at the level they were at when they won their GS titles.

Dementieva has the game to do it and the experience of walking out in court in a GS final (twice !).
If not her, i can see Vaidisova making a breakthrough to the final.

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With all my respect to your post but where did you get your sources from????

Amelie is perfectly Fit and we haven't heard of any injuries....So is JHH and Lindsay, I dont know if you have been following tennis this season but the way I see it Svetlana had won all her single matches this year (5 of them) so far unless i'm mistaken and she seems very match fit and very much back to the level that saw her win the USOPEN....Myskina we all know the level she can play at and I think what she had done is very smart keeping herself very low profile before the open....

Elena Dementieva as much as I love her and her game and Ground Strokes, unless she had done something to her serve during the break she stands no chance at the top level.....

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I said injury OR not playing 100%.

I feel Amelie is not playing up to her potential, even tho she's healthy.
I also don't feel Myskina is intentionally keeping a low profile as some sort of mind trick before the AO. I doubt she will make it past R16.
Sveta is not playing as she did when she won the USO.

all i'm saying is there's a door that opened up and I hope one of my faves, ED, walks through it !
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can never count Elena out really ,shes one of the most Talented out there at times ,has to be to get where she has with her dodgy serving.

Would be lovely to see her do it finaly and my god wouldnt it piss off so many people on the board ,but win or lose ,shes always a delight to watch...

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Elena has a serious injury as well, and it is her serve. Until she works on her serve, she will not win a Gran slam. Elena serve really breaks down when ever she makes it to a final.
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Interesting.

I would love Elena to win a slam, I really would. She hasn't had that much luck here in Australia though. She's lost in 1R twice in the last three years and hasnt got past the 4R stage.

We'll just have to see how things go.........
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First of all, Lindsay, Amelie and Justine are fine.
Second, even if these players are not fine or not playing 100%, why would Elena D automatically be the one to take advantage of the open door over the 100 other players in the draw?

At last year's French, she had a wide open draw and yet she lost to Elena L. In fact at all of last year's GS, she didn't lose to a lower ranked players so ...
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