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Will Elena Dementieva ever win a grand slam???

Hey i was just wondering if you guys think Elena will ever win a Grand Slam

I think she has the talent but hasdnt really put it all together!!

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Re: Will Elena Dementieva ever win a grand slam???

She made 2 finals, so she has been close. She needs some luck.

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Re: Will Elena Dementieva ever win a grand slam???

No she won't.

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Re: Will Elena Dementieva ever win a grand slam???

With the right draw and some luck there are 10 or so players who could win a GS right now, and Elena is one of them.
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Re: Will Elena Dementieva ever win a grand slam???

I doubt it.
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Re: Will Elena Dementieva ever win a grand slam???

I don't think she will.
Not with that serve, that's for sure. There hasn't been a single Slam champion with such a huge liability in her technique.
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Re: Will Elena Dementieva ever win a grand slam???

Myskina, Kuznetsova and Clijsters had the good draw at the right time, so why couldn't it be the case for Elena, especially if it's in New York! If she does, I'd be very glad for her, because she deserves it
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Re: Will Elena Dementieva ever win a grand slam???

Dementieva has an excellent game, serve aside of course, but she is not in the same calibre of the current greats. That will make it very tough to get back to the final of a major. I think the Dementieva we saw in 2004 was Dementieva at her absolute best and absolute peak (assuming the serve doesn't drastically improve and I see little reason to believe it will).

Sometimes players do surprise you in the later stages of their career (see Novotna or Capriati), but it doesn't happen all that often. At 25, Dementieva's development is all but finished. She could still improve, no question, but the improvements will be minor.

Unfortunately for Dementieva, her game fell short of allowing her to reach the finish line at two majors when she was playing her very best tennis. Now, with Sharapova and Mauresmo firmly establishing themselves as the best-of-the-best alongside Henin-Hardenne in 2006 by becoming multiple slam champions, I think it's safe to say Dementieva's window is now closed. She missed her chance.

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Re: Will Elena Dementieva ever win a grand slam???

Elena plays her best tennis in NY, usually. If she could play like that in Paris, she would have a real shot.

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Re: Will Elena Dementieva ever win a grand slam???

Lena is 3-14 at YEC which is the answer to why she hasn't won and most probably will never win a Grand Slam. She could upset anyone but there will always be another top-player to prevent her from winning the whole thing.
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Re: Will Elena Dementieva ever win a grand slam???

I think she's been been getting further away the last 12 months.
But if she gets on form in week 2, she can win RG.
Her serve hurts her worse on faster surfaces.

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Re: Will Elena Dementieva ever win a grand slam???

no
i really hope she does though, hopfully the Us Open

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Re: Will Elena Dementieva ever win a grand slam???

I used to think she would but I don't anymore. I think she has peaked already. Unless her serve gets better or she gets a coach then I think it is a longshot. I'll still support her though.

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Re: Will Elena Dementieva ever win a grand slam???

No, i don't think so. She won't have the nerve to win it and that serve just makes it worse.

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Re: Will Elena Dementieva ever win a grand slam???

I want to say yes, but it's not likely. If she does win a Slam it'll be at the US Open, which she should have won in '04. I can't help but agree with Gnaag--she played out of her mind in '04 and still couldn't win a Slam. It's the best I've ever seen her play and I've seen little since that shows she can be as versatile and open-minded to change her game-plan when she's down and out as in '04. Something just happened. (Like getting rid of her coach--obviously the reason she accomplished so much in '04.)

She's past her prime, but I still love her. Yet, I can't help but feel many felt she was past her prime in '01 and '02, but she was younger then, so there was still a good chance for her to break out. The window, as Gnaag said, continues to diminish.

She can still break out and win a Slam. It's not impossible. Had she defeated Schruff in Australia, she would have run into Vesnina in the third (probably), and had she beaten her, she would have faced Petrova in the fourth, then Sharapova in the quarterfinal--that's a tough draw. But, if she had a good draw, like she did this year the US Open, and actually beat who she's supposed to beat, she'd be in the semifinals or even final.
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