ys, Elena's serve was a problem back in 2000. It just wasn't the huge problem it is now. Her serve let her down bigtime in the U.S. Open semifinals and the Olympic finals. I thought Elena had a bright future in 2000. But she has regressed instead of progressed. And it's her own fault because she refuses to hire a good professional coach who could help with with her serve and other aspects of her game.
Elena is gifted with excellent size, speed and power. And it's inconceivable to me that she hasn't won a WTA title. And with the way things are going for Elena, I wouldn't expect her to win her first WTA title anytime soon. But it's not about winning her first title. It's about how alot fans of hers thought she would be where Kim Clijster's is in the WTA rankings. But it hasn't worked out that way. Elena is a physically blessed as Kim, but she doesn't have Clijster's great desire and will to win. And it shows in her results.
Happiness is like a cat. If you try to coax it or call it, it will avoid you. It will never come. But if you pay no attention to it and go about your business, you'll find it rubbing up against your legs and jumping into your lap. - William Bennett