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Can Elena Dementieva Capitalize On A Dream AO Draw

People are saying Patty Schnyder's draw is the easiest and that she is the biggest beneficiary of the draw but she has solid players like Eleni Danillidou, Shinobu Asagoe, Shahar Peer etc. in her opening rounds and then a healthy and rested Myskina in round of 16. If anyone got an EASY draw, it is Dementieva. I mean, just look at this section:

(9) E.Dementieva vs. J.Schruff
(Q) vs. E.Vesnina
(Q) vs. (Q)
J.Craybas vs. (23) J.Jankovic
(29) K.Koukalova vs. E.Bychkova
M.E.Camerin vs. (Q)
(Q) vs. M.Muller
S.Ferguson vs. (6) N.Petrova

FIVE QUALIFIERS. Schruff who Elena should be able to blast off the court in 1R. Vesnina - never heard of her. Journeywomen Craybas. Jankovic who has not played all year. Harmless players like Koukalova, Bychkova, Camerin, Muller, Aussie WC Ferguson and injured Nadia

No dangerous floaters. Besides Nadia, no players that have ever made it to QF of a slam, or even R16 if you don't include Craybas' freak defeat of Serena. If Elena D does not make quarters with this cupcake draw, she should retire But then she has an injured Maria or injured Serena. So she should be favorite to win the 2nd quarter.
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So she should be favorite to win the 2nd quarter.
I don't think that she is a favourite in this quater. Injuries of Maria and Serena are not as hard as most of people think. Younger Williams is always hard opponent in Australia, Sharapova was playing better than Dementieva who was without injury in the end of 05 year. So you know,

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hardly an easy draw.

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I will agree that Elena's draw is easy but she isn't exactly going to be killing the lower ranked players 61 60 that often. If Elena can play solid, she could probably go deep. But her three setters tend to get her in trouble with the heat so I guess you really can't predict what will happen. I'm just going to hope that she plays well and scores some nice wins.

dementieva + sharapova + bartoli + chakvetadze
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She has the exact same record at AO as Wimbledon.
She hasn't been able to take Aussie Janurary summer. I don't see it happening in '06.

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Her 1/8 part of the draw is probably the weakest but I just hope she's there to meet Maria in quarters...

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she should do well. i do think it's easy myself. her u.s open draw was hard in '04 and she made the final...i hope she just capitalizes on an easy draw. she can beat sharapova and petrova easily if she's on...and could make the semis. i just hope she can handle the heat this year

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not so easy.

Julia Schruff is not a cupcake 1st round. Vesnina is a dangerous new Russian player still unknown to most members of this board. Jankovic on her form of the first half of '05 would be extremely dangerous. And Petrova has dominated the H2H against Lena.
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plus Jankovic had a dementieva breakfast in 2004 AO first round. Was it 4 and 1?

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plus Jankovic had a dementieva breakfast in 2004 AO first round. Was it 4 and 1?
61 64, but don't hold me to my word.

dementieva + sharapova + bartoli + chakvetadze
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Julia won愒 be that problem(probably),but Vesnina has the power to beat her

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Julia is a good player, but not if it comes to the top 20.
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This section is so weak that I predict a qualifier may come through to the quarters. I could easily picture someone like Ashley Harkleroad, Su-Wei Hsieh, Ryoko Fuda, or Viktoria Azarenka making it through, especially if Petrova goes down with injury. Dementieva is so flaky that she's guaranteed to have a match go the distance. Those 4 qualifiers I named would not be huge underdogs to any of the unseeded players in that section.
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Why would Elena be favored over Petrova???
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Why would Elena be favored over Petrova???
Exactly

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