Shinobu is quite dangerous, but Elena's results have been terrible this year. It seems to be a trend among Russian players. They will have one or two good seasons, then the pressure gets to them and they are never able to follow up and find any consistency.
"I told her, `You don't want to get into a hitting battle with Sharapova, because it would be uneven for Sharapova, because Sharapova only has one good side and that's her backhand,"'. "`You don't want to get into that for the simple reason you would win. So try to hit some balls to her strong side, to her backhand, and that would help you with your match for tomorrow
Originally posted by GoDominique Elena is a joke. Thank god I have given up on her.
As stated several times on this board, in the single-name "hierarchy" of the WTA, the name "Elena" was effectively surrendered to Bovina last off season (even B4 she passed Dementieva in the rankings). The relative direction each was going was clearly visible.