I have just re-read all these posts, and I don't see Elena Bovina's name mentioned AT ALL as one of the players who could possibly break this terrible Curse. Even the youngsters are mentioned, but not Elena B. How could this player, her ranking fallen to #94, mired in a year-long slump, possibly be The One who would answer our pleas? So, it was no wonder that none of us thought of her.
So I find it extremely satisfying that the humble Elena B. turned out to be The One. She broke out of her own slump, won her first WTA Singles title in very convincing fashion, and ended the Russian Curse, all in one go.
Elena Bovina, I am so proud of you!!! During your year of losses piling upon losses, watching your ranking slowly but relentlessly dropping, you never gave up, never lost hope; you just kept working, kept hanging in there -- and today you got your reward, the first of many WTA titles.
Be wise, Elena, and keep that low profile -- so low a profile she barely registers even here in Russian Roulette!! -- and just keep on quietly working your way up. Do it your way. Because, obviously, your way works. I am really, really happy to be your fan.