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Eleni at DFS Classic, Birmingham UK

Hi guys,

Sorry I haven't been about for a while. I'm just preparing for my 3 month trip to the USA - I'll be working at a summer camp, followed by some US open action!

Eleni is currently on the entry list for the DFS classic which begins on Monday.

GREAT BRITAIN
Jun 12, 2006
BIRMINGHAM Tier III
$200,000
MARJORY HOWIE
Main Draw
1 F SHARAPOVA Maria RUS 3
2 F SCHIAVONE Francesca ITA 11
3 F HANTUCHOVA Daniela SVK 16
4 F LIKHOVTSEVA Elena RUS 17
5 F SUGIYAMA Ai JPN 22
6 F MOLIK Alicia AUS 23 SR
7 F BARTOLI Marion FRA 27
8 F JANKOVIC Jelena SCG 28
9 F ARVIDSSON Sofia SWE 29
10 F KOUKALOVA Klara CZE 32
11 F CHAKVETADZE Anna RUS 34
12 F SANTANGELO Mara ITA 35
13 F CASTANO Catalina COL 37
14 F MIRZA Sania IND 39
15 F CRAYBAS Jill USA 40
16 F ZVONAREVA Vera RUS 43
17 F ZHENG Jie CHN 49
18 F GRANVILLE Laura USA 51
19 F SCHRUFF Julia GER 54
20 F STOSUR Samantha AUS 55
21 F RAZZANO Virginie FRA 58
22 F CAMERIN Maria elena ITA 59
23 F DANIILIDOU Eleni GRE 60
24 F NAKAMURA Aiko JPN 61
25 F VESNINA Elena RUS 62
26 F PENG Shuai CHN 64
27 F LAINE Emma FIN 65
28 F BONDARENKO Alona UKR 69
29 F LI Na CHN 70
30 F SPREM Karolina CRO 73
31 F YAN Zi CHN 76
32 F MORIGAMI Akiko JPN 77
33 A PIRONKOVA Tsvetana BUL 79
34 F JACKSON Jamea USA 80
35 F SERRA ZANETTI Antonella ITA 81
36 F SUCHA Martina SVK 82
37 F FORETZ Stephanie FRA 83
38 F RAYMOND Lisa USA 86
39 F WASHINGTON Mashona USA 87
40 F PERRY Shenay USA 88
41 A GAJDOSOVA Jarmila SVK 93
42 A YUAN Meng CHN 94
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So far it's a strong field, but it was last year too and Eleni managed to do some damage to the seeds.

I wasn't originally going to go to this event...didn't think I would have time given the fact I am traveling to the USA on wednesday. However, I couldn't go a year without going to the DFS Classic, so on Monday I will be making the trip down....bought my train ticket today.

Hopefully i will see Eleni...if not playing then definately practicing. Perhaps do a report and hopefully include some photos.

Keep cheering for her here!

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yeah... the field is strong... and the draw is stronger !

(1)SHARAPOVA, Maria vs BYE
FORETZ, Stephanie vs QUALIFIER
DANIILIDOU, Eleni vs KEOTHAVONG, Anne
WASHINGTON, Mashona vs (13)LI, Na

i have faith in Lena... but (2R) Li and washington playing vGood tennis lately...
and (3R) sharapova is sharapova, went there to defense her title :P

come on eleni !

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i wonder when the OOP will be out - I hope her match is played on Monday...especially since she's playing a brit in the first round. I won't be in the british fans good books if I'm there cheering for Eleni



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Her first 2 matchs look winnable,and then Sharapova.Well,the russian is not at her best moment.

Anyway,good luck Eleni!!!!!

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I believe Eleni can do very well in this tourney. Would be great if she kicked Sharapova's bum
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yeah it would be great

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Eleni plays doubles with Santangelo
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Well, I went to DFS Classic today. Unfortunately Eleni didn't play today but I did see her practicing at a distance. She was on the very end court and the problem with that is I couldn't get close enough to take any photos.

I did watch her practice at length but the person that she was having discussions with was a guy...it wasn't Judith. Having said that, I wasn't wearing my glasses but it was definitely a guy because he was a few inches (or several centimeters) taller than Eleni. I just thought this was interesting - maybe there is someone else on board? He seemed to be having lengthy discussions with her about her serve (at least I figured since he was imitating a service motion as he spoke to her).

She seemed to be practicing with Jasmin Woehr, Santangelo and someone else - who I think might have been Sfar (Woehr's doubles partner this week). I wonder why Eleni and Jasmin aren't playing together in the draw?

Unfortunately, I wasn't there when Eleni came off the court after practice though she did look as though she was striking the ball well. Even though the guy (whoever the guy is) was instructing Eleni on her serve, she still has that terrible foot movement when she lands after the follow-through of the serve. I can't quite describe it but it looks like she's not sure which foot she wants to land on after she's served.

Hope this information has been of some use to you. Perhaps some things to lead into interesting discussion. (IE. Lack of Judith presence during practice)

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Hey Rache, why don't you go ahead and give Eleni a piece of advise on her foot movement during serve? About Jud, my friend who was in Paris didn't see her around either, I'm a bit worried but hope she'll be back soon. If you happen to see Eleni from closer distance or talk to her, just pass our good wishes, ok?
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thanks for the infos RayRob !

yeah... indeed, she has got a problem with her serve... it was obvious and in doubles SF at roland garros !
she must to improve this soon... hope she will !

as forever_rafter said, pass our good wishes !


btw eleni plays tomorrow...

Centre Court (from 11.00hrs)

1. Mirza vs. A.Bondarenko
2. Molik vs. Zvonareva
3. Daniilidou vs. Keothavong
4. Sharapova vs. Rolle
5. Black/Stubbs vs. Hsieh/Poutchek

Good Luck !

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Hey Rache, why don't you go ahead and give Eleni a piece of advise on her foot movement during serve? About Jud, my friend who was in Paris didn't see her around either, I'm a bit worried but hope she'll be back soon. If you happen to see Eleni from closer distance or talk to her, just pass our good wishes, ok?
Unfortunately I only went on monday and won't be attending again this year. Tuesday I have to pack for my trip to America (which is on Wednesday) so I am a bit upset that I didn't really get to see her play today

This was probably the last lot of tennis I was able to watch since the next 10 weeks will be spent working at a summer camp where there is no TV.

I am going to the US Open after, so I hope to see Eleni playing there...and if I get chance, I will school her on her service foot work

Hope she does well tomorrow - she faces a Brit, so tomorrow I won't be so patriotic

Bye for now,
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Maybe we'll meet in NY
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Maybe we'll meet in NY
Oh. I didn't know you were going again this year. I'll be there for the first 4 or 5 days. I hope to see lots of tennis!

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Oh. I didn't know you were going again this year. I'll be there for the first 4 or 5 days. I hope to see lots of tennis!

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I should be there, hopefully from AUG24th til SEP4th. Hope to see many matches of Eleni unlike last year...
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rain delay now

Go Eleni!!!!!

And thanks for your report,Rache!!!

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