Eleni Daniilidou - a question
Eleni Daniilidou is one of those players who seems to have been around for years, and I have to say I've never taken much notice of her. I was courtside at a surprising first-round defeat she had at Eastbourne in 2003 to Anna Smashnova (one of the only quality wins she ever had on that surface) and saw the whole of her 'upset' defeat to Mary Pierce at Wimbledon the following week, which pleased me as Mary's my favourite player and I was thinking of the quality points Mary would pick up for beating the 14th seed. But other than those two matches I must admit that I have given her scant attention or respect over the years. But I caught two of her wins live on holiday in Toronto last week, against Dulko and Camerin, and I warmed to her enormously. I've just checked out her career records and I am surprised to note her number of quality wins over the years: Mauresmo ; Seles ; Hantuchova ; Schnyder ; Bartoli ; Rubin ; Henin ; Chakvetadze ; Maggie Maleeva ; Martinez ; Capriati ; Dokic ; Zvonareva ; Safina ; Vaidisova ; Kuznetsova ; Petrova..... All impressive stuff, although admittedly they weren't all ranked at their highest when Eleni beat them. But she's obviously [I]good[I], so what has prevented her from being ranked higher than her 14 or 15 peak briefly 4 years ago? Has she been injured a lot? She's obviously a very strong, if a tad slow, player, and I have to say her court demeanour does her no favours -she seems to wear her heart on her sleeve and is always very obviously in despair when things aren't going her way- and often when thay ARE!! What do people make of her? Do you rate her at all?