Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: in Cloud Cuckoo Land
The evening session started with Elena Bovina taking out the next-to-last Canadian, Jana Nejedly, 6-1 6-4, leaving only Maureen Drake in the second round. That left the big question: Could Elena Dementieva finally beat Angelika Roesch after two straight losses?
She couldn't. Whatever sort of voodoo hold Roesch has on Dementieva, it works. If she came from Transylvania, we might suggest vampirism. It's that spooky. Roesch has five main draw WTA wins this year, and three of them are against Dementieva. The matches are generally close (at Berlin, Roesch won 6-4 1-6 7-5; at New Haven, 6-3 1-6 6-3; now, at Quebec City, 7-6 6-7 6-4), but Roesch wins them all. Just the quality points from those wins represent a fifth of Roesch's total points; if she didn't have Dementieva to feed off, she wouldn't be Top 100. As it is, she came in at #82, and will be moving up to about #70.
And the bottom half of the Quebec City draw has now lost both its top seeds.