Re: Dementieva: 8 years in the top 20
Elena's serve held up. She bombed it when it was needed, she just got it in when it was needed. As an overall review of the last two weeks, her serve has definitely improved.
And even when she served it out, there were some cracking serves. She is getting used to it, slowly but surely. It will become stronger in the big matches and today was the 1st step there.
She has the best groundstrokes in the game. There is no doubt in terms of the quality, depth, aggression and angle of her strokes. This is why she is very difficult to defeat. And after a slog in 2007, she has found a way to reinvent and revitalise her game.
And now in the Top 10. I would prefer if she didn't play Madrid, just finish off the season (hopefully in the Top 10) and work on her game, get a good rest and prepare for damage in 2008.
Elena Dementieva AFR