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post #1 of 43 (permalink) Old Jan 7th, 2007, 12:33 PM Thread Starter
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Sydney 1R: (6) Dementieva faces (Q) Ai Sugiyama

Who will win this encounter? Dementieva's won their last three encounters, but bothof the last ones have gone to three sets. But they haven't meant since 2004!

Dementieva leads 3-2
2004 Zurich - Dementieva 6-1 5-7 7-5
2003 Shanghai Dementieva 6-1 3-6 6-3
2002 Linz Dementieva 6-1 6-4
2002 Los Angeles Sugiyama 6-2 6-7(5) 7-5
2002 Rome Sugiyama 6-4 7-5

Hantuchova/Sugiyama def. (1) Black/Huber 6-7(0) 6-3 7-6(10) saving SEVEN match points, down 2-5 in the third, and down 2-6 in the third set tiebreak in three hours

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Re: Sydney 1R: (6) Dementieva faces (Q) Ai Sugiyama

dementieva in 2, 4 and 4

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Sugi in 3. She's about do for an upset 7-5, 2-6 6-4
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Re: Sydney 1R: (6) Dementieva faces (Q) Ai Sugiyama

As far as I can remember Dementieva always has had problems with playing in Australia due to the heat. I think that Ai has her chance

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Sorry to Lena but I want Ai to win 100%

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Elena will win

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Ganbatte Ai-chan!!

Dementieva more or less has crap starts to the new season.

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Of course Elena will win.
Lena is in a good form.

I think: Lena def. Sugi 7-5 6-2

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Dementieva in style:
6-0 6-7 7-5

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Ai doesn't play well at the beginning of the year. Elena in 2.
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Re: Sydney 1R: (6) Dementieva faces (Q) Ai Sugiyama

I hope, and predict, Elena will win, but it can honestly go either way. And what's with the heat thing and Elena? She had heat illness in the Australian Open once. Anyway. Ai has had much worse starts to the season than Elena has had in awhile. Elena is the better player and not past her prime (I hope). I love both players dearly, but I want Elena to make the semifinal.

I voted for Elena in three. Nothing better than to start the tour with one of her trademark three set victories.
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Who will win this encounter? Dementieva's won their last three encounters, but both of the last ones have gone to three sets. But they haven't meant since 2004!
Well duh, it's Lena we're talking about.

I think she'll win this one easier though. I don't have high expectations for the Australian part of her season.

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Re: Sydney 1R: (6) Dementieva faces (Q) Ai Sugiyama

I would probably still say Dementieva in 2. Ai is still a pretty tough first round, but she's not the consistent threat she was at her best in 2003-04. If Elena is a litle rusty, and has the customary wobbles on serve, then maybe Ai could create some winning chances for herself, but i just think elena is too mobile along the baseline and too fierce in the groundstroke department. Its hard to see how Ai will hit through Dementieva..........

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Well, it's time for another year of reverse mojo. Elena has no chance.

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