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elinas
Sep 22nd, 2004, 10:55 AM
Anyone know which is the next Lenas tournament?????? :worship:

forever_rafter
Sep 22nd, 2004, 11:16 AM
Nope, she already withdrew from two, maybe she wants to fullu recover from that leg injury she picked up at the olympics

elinas
Sep 22nd, 2004, 11:21 AM
Nope, she already withdrew from two, maybe she wants to fullu recover from that leg injury she picked up at the olympics
i agree!!!!!! :)

elena_k
Sep 28th, 2004, 08:04 AM
Does anyone knows where is Lena at the moment?We haven't had any news from her recently,have we?I hope she recovered and get back forcefully to the game.I'm looking forward for her next tournament...

elinas
Sep 30th, 2004, 09:02 AM
Does anyone knows where is Lena at the moment?We haven't had any news from her recently,have we?I hope she recovered and get back forcefully to the game.I'm looking forward for her next tournament...

i think elena that this moment Lena is in Greece and is recovering.i knew that will had given an interview in arnaoutoglou!!!!!!!!!

elena_k
Sep 30th, 2004, 01:24 PM
Really??? :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts:
She gave an interview or she will give?Please ellinas....let me know!
I don't want to miss that!!!!!

elena_k
Oct 4th, 2004, 02:45 PM
Well,she is in the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix,so she gave an interview and I missed it.....
Lena won Julia Schruff(Germany) 4-6,6-2,6-4 :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
while in the second qualification round she lost to Tatiana Panova(Russia) 7-6,7-6. :sad: :sad: :sad:
Too bad....she could make it....I hate it when that happens....

elinas
Oct 4th, 2004, 03:48 PM
Well,she is in the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix,so she gave an interview and I missed it.....
Lena won Julia Schruff(Germany) 4-6,6-2,6-4 :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
while in the second qualification round she lost to Tatiana Panova(Russia) 7-6,7-6. :sad: :sad: :sad:
Too bad....she could make it....I hate it when that happens....

now the next??????????

forever_rafter
Oct 4th, 2004, 08:30 PM
She hasn't played for a month so it will take some time before she feels confident on the court again. Hope the leg is fully recovered

forever_rafter
Oct 9th, 2004, 05:00 PM
Eleni plays in qualies to Kremlin Cup, she won the 1st round :bounce:

elena_k
Oct 9th, 2004, 06:35 PM
Eleni plays in qualies to Kremlin Cup, she won the 1st round :bounce:


Really??? :bigclap: :bigclap:
That's so great!!well,I hope she gets her confidence back!!!!
Goooo Lena!!!

btw,forever_rafter I saw Patrick Rafter in some photoes and he looks goergous!!good taste girl... :yeah: :yeah:

forever_rafter
Oct 10th, 2004, 07:45 AM
elena_k, Pat is even more gorgeous in person :hearts:

forever_rafter
Oct 10th, 2004, 05:10 PM
Eleni lost, another week without her, I wonder if I get to see her on TV this year ..

elinas
Oct 11th, 2004, 06:48 PM
Eleni lost, another week without her, I wonder if I get to see her on TV this year ..
http://www.daniilidou.com/Fotos/GreekStar.JPG

elinas
Oct 11th, 2004, 06:51 PM
Eleni lost, another week without her, I wonder if I get to see her on TV this year ..
http://www.daniilidou.com/Fotos/GreekStar.jpg

louloudik
Oct 13th, 2004, 08:39 PM
so in which tournament we will have chance to see her next?

forever_rafter
Oct 14th, 2004, 07:41 PM
Swisscom Challenge?

elena_k
Oct 15th, 2004, 09:32 AM
I think her next tournament is Seat Open(Luxembourg).
I hope she does better there!!! :clap2: :clap2:
Come on Eleni!!!

forever_rafter
Nov 7th, 2004, 04:10 PM
what next for Lena?

Kipton222
Dec 14th, 2004, 05:03 PM
i hate these injuries.....eleni!!!

forever_rafter
Jan 9th, 2005, 11:51 AM
Eleni's next tournament is Sydney International, tomorrow she faces C.Martinez in the firts round. G'luck Lena!

AleOrtu
Jan 11th, 2005, 03:16 PM
After Sydney she will obviously play Australian Open in Melbourne.

forever_rafter
Jan 11th, 2005, 06:57 PM
Obviously ;)

forever_rafter
Feb 4th, 2005, 10:25 AM
Open Gaz de France is next for Lena. Good luck!

forever_rafter
Feb 11th, 2005, 08:50 AM
Proximus Diamond Games in Antwerp, Belgium seems to be next for Eleni. I wonder if she recovers that soon...Lots of health Eleni!

spar
Feb 11th, 2005, 11:39 AM
Health and lucky Eleni !!! She must be in top 30 ! I want to see Eleni in main draw

spar
Feb 11th, 2005, 12:10 PM
Health and lucky Eleni !!! She must be in top 30 ! I want to see Eleni in main draw

spar
Feb 11th, 2005, 12:11 PM
Health and lucky Eleni !!! She must be in top 30 ! I want to see Eleni in main draw

forever_rafter
Feb 11th, 2005, 02:12 PM
I just heard on Polish Eurosport2 that Eleni will need a surgery on her wrist... I hope it's not true :sad:

Bette_Midler
Feb 15th, 2005, 11:44 PM
Lenita :sad:

AleOrtu
Mar 2nd, 2005, 09:15 PM
Lena is in Indian Wells entry list, but I´m afraid she still did not recover from her operation... maybe it´s too soon...
She must recover 100% or she may injure seriously again.
Let´s see what happens next week

forever_rafter
Mar 3rd, 2005, 09:30 AM
I have a feeling it may be too soon too but I just hope Judith and Eleni know what they're up to. We'll wait and see what happens

rebel_ffighter
Mar 3rd, 2005, 12:11 PM
Lena had a surgery 15 days ago in her right wrist but it was not very serious. She will present at Indian Wells and she said that she feels ready.Now she is no61.I hope she will do better in Indian Wells!! :)

AleOrtu
Mar 3rd, 2005, 05:37 PM
Ula, I have recived your messages in my mobile phone :D
Remember: www.cti.com.ar and my mobile is 1157461496

I think it´s too soon for a comeback...

forever_rafter
Mar 3rd, 2005, 06:44 PM
Cool, Ale. Mine is 48696473099, you can try to send me sms

esdee
Mar 8th, 2005, 11:54 AM
Eleni is in the Indian Wells draw. She will play Kat Srebotnik in 1st round.

forever_rafter
Mar 20th, 2005, 05:01 PM
She's on Miami entry list, let's hope she'll play at all in singles. Pame Eleni!

louloudik
Mar 23rd, 2005, 09:31 AM
She is palying today against Garbin. Lets hope she wins!!!!!
GOOOOOOOOOOO LENA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

forever_rafter
Mar 23rd, 2005, 10:43 AM
Good luck baby-girl!

AleOrtu
Apr 20th, 2005, 02:50 PM
Next tournament is Warsaw! She loves playing there, she uses to be succesfull there and she has a lot of fans in Poland!, so she´ll have a great time.
Well, at least I know much more Polish fans of Eleni than french, italian, russian, spanish, etc.
If there is a ranking of her fans by country, it would be like that:
1) Greece
2) Australia
3) England
4) Poland
But this is just ordered by what I have seen, this is not official :p


Anyway, as I said: next tournament is Warsaw!

forever_rafter
Apr 20th, 2005, 03:55 PM
Allelujah :bounce:

elinaline
Apr 28th, 2005, 08:40 PM
Eleni will play the double in Berlin with Selima Sfar http://ads.tennisuniverse.com/wtaworld/ubb/biggrin.gif

forever_rafter
Apr 29th, 2005, 08:10 AM
She's in the main draw for singles too, number 44th

spar
Apr 29th, 2005, 10:06 AM
Main draws are not yet available . She is in entry list.

alkmene
May 4th, 2005, 06:10 AM
She's playing doubles with Kveta Peschke and she won her first round in the singles against Katerina Bohmova 67(5) 63 76(5).

forever_rafter
May 4th, 2005, 07:17 AM
She plays doubles with Selima Sfar and they lost to Alina Jidkova / Tatiana Perebiynis 2:6, 7:5, 2:6. Good luck to Eleni against Bovina later today :bounce:

alkmene
May 4th, 2005, 09:09 AM
My mistake!I misread the draw!!!Sorry!! :tape: :lol: :lol:

forever_rafter
May 4th, 2005, 09:20 AM
No problem mate ;)

spar
May 5th, 2005, 06:56 AM
report about the last match by Paule22 :
I thought it was over for today but then I saw Bovina playing Daniilidou. It was getting already dark but the played until 8:30. Bovinas style reminds me a bit of Clijsters. She is getting all the balls as well, but plays them back so slowly and easy that after a while Daniilidou was able to make the point or the error. That's why Daniilidou won the second set. If Bovina is able to create a weapon, she will be Top 10. Daniilidou was claiming in the beginning of set three that she is not able to see the ball anymore and she wants to stop the match. But Bovina said she can see the ball and wants to go on, so they played and Elena was getting that match quite easily in set 3.

forever_rafter
May 5th, 2005, 07:32 AM
She might have not seen the ball or she was just too tired. But I'm glad she fought and didn't lose in two short sets.

forever_rafter
May 7th, 2005, 12:57 PM
Eleni is seeded number 6 in Prague

guizzy
Jul 6th, 2005, 07:24 PM
Hi everybody, I'm new here and I'm hoping to meet lots of Eleni's fans. Does anybody know where she will play next?She's not in the main draw for Modena's tournament.

RayRob
Jul 6th, 2005, 10:57 PM
I checked the Modena thread in the upcoming tournies section and Eleni isn't on the entry list for this event....not sure which one she'll play next.

Completely off topic - but i find it strange that the WTA Tour introduce a new clay court tournie between the grass court season and the US hard court season - how bizzarre :confused:

-Rache

forever_rafter
Jul 7th, 2005, 10:35 AM
i find it strange that the WTA Tour introduce a new clay court tournie between the grass court season and the US hard court season - how bizzarre

Exactly. It makes no sense. As for Eleni, I hope to see her on USA hard courts soon :)

forever_rafter
Jul 11th, 2005, 01:29 PM
Any news on Lena's plans? Is she going to play in July at all? :confused: :sad:

RayRob
Jul 12th, 2005, 11:30 AM
Well, I checked all the websites for upcoming USA tournies and so far nothing. Soon-to-be events like Cincinatti in the USA don't have Eleni on their entry list...and other events that follow cinci either have yet to be updated from last year, or are a teir 1 and 2 which Eleni may have to qualify for if there is a great interest in the main draw from top 20/30 players.

I will keep checking and update anything here....hopefully the lack of news is nothing to do with the shin problem she had at wimbledon in the first round :confused:

Any fans in Greece got any news from their local press???? That would be helpful :D

-Rache

guizzy
Jul 13th, 2005, 09:15 PM
No news from the greek press either but they usually write about it a few days before the tournaments. But I do have an interview of Eleni a while after her thump surgery with some great pictures that you would love. Anyone interested in the pictures just let me know and I will e-mail them to you.

RayRob
Jul 14th, 2005, 11:40 PM
hey guizzy - I would be interested in reading that interview and seeing the pictures. The trouble with being a fan in the UK is that there is next to zero info about Eleni....infact, I got my regular tennis mag today and it has news and info about Wimbledon and yet little mention about Eleni. There was a bit of info about her beating #7 & RG champ, Justine Henin-Hardenne....but really not much, just a big picture of Justine and a mere mention of Eleni as if it were nothing :( It dissapoints me, but it also lacked any info about my fave player Lindsay Davenport - and she was a finalist...LOL

Probably best emailing me the article & pics to raygoin@yahoo.com (I persume the article is in english?)

Thanks,
-Rache

forever_rafter
Jul 15th, 2005, 10:23 AM
RayRob, I know what you feel, not much info about Lena in Poland either :sad: BUt at least I get to see her at J&SCup in Warsaw.

my email is : glinka4ever@tlen.pl :worship:

forever_rafter
Jul 17th, 2005, 10:39 AM
I have a feeling Eleni will play in Stanford (Juky 25th). Nicole Pratt & Lena are doubles defending champs there...I hope she'll play singles as well

RayRob
Jul 18th, 2005, 10:53 AM
Well, the draw for that should be out at the end of the week so hopefully there'll be some good news :D

Well, you get the J&SCup in Warsaw and I get the DFS classic in B'ham which I go every year....think I've seen Leni there almost every year in the last few ;) and she always does so well on grass - if only she could have defeated Maria this year.....oh well :D

-Rache

forever_rafter
Jul 18th, 2005, 12:58 PM
This year in Warsaw she wasn't happy at all but I hope she'll come back next year stronger. And I believe we shall see Lena defeating Sharapova soon enough ;) Anyway she's in USA so she should play some tournament in a few days

RayRob
Jul 19th, 2005, 10:01 AM
Hey there :D

How do you know that Eleni is in USA right now? Have you heard some news somewhere? :)

-Rache

forever_rafter
Jul 19th, 2005, 01:45 PM
I have my informers ;)

RayRob
Jul 19th, 2005, 03:18 PM
Lol, so you're not going to share it with us ;)

That's ok, no problem :D I'll just look forward to what will happen during the US hard courts! I have a feeling that Eleni will have a few suprises up her sleeve in the way of wins....hope she can do well - very much looking forward to it :D

-Rache

forever_rafter
Jul 19th, 2005, 08:52 PM
Me too! :bounce:

guizzy
Jul 23rd, 2005, 12:14 AM
Next Lena's tournament is Stanford and she is playing first round against a qualifier but second round against Venus. I think we should be more worried about the first round cause Lena seems to be playing much better with a great player on the other side of the cort. It's her chance for an other surprise. I am sure she can do it!!
Pame Lenara!!!

RayRob
Jul 23rd, 2005, 10:08 AM
Yeah, I just saw the draw today:

L. DAVENPORT
Bye

Qualifier
GROENEFELD Anna-Lena GER

RAYMOND Lisa USA
HAYNES Angela USA

SPREM Karolina CRO
DECHY Nathalie FRA

CLIJSTERS Kim BEL
Bye

SUGIYAMA Ai JPN
STOSUR Samantha AUS

STEVENSON Alexandra USA
HANTUCHOVA Daniela SVK

Qualifier
ZVONAREVA Vera RUS

SCHIAVONE Francesca ITA
Qualifier

PENG Shuai CHN
BENESOVA Iveta CZE

WASHINGTON Mashona USA
BARTOLI Marion FRA

Bye
SCHNYDER Patty SUI

JANKOVIC Jelena SCG
RUBIN Chanda USA

VENTO-KABCHI Maria VEN
FRAZIER Amy USA

DANIILIDOU Eleni GRE
Qualifier

Bye
V. WILLIAMS
___________________________

A second round draw with Venus is a great opportunity for Eleni. As I said in an earlier post, I feel that if Eleni can grab a couple of big wins then it will be the boost she needs to get her back in the top 20! She has it is her, and as you say, she usually only plays her best when a top player is at the other side of the court. Hopefully she's learned a lot from Wimbledon, that in the form she's in and less an injury, she can beat almost anyone.

Looking forward to it - it might be on TV if she plays Venus, but I don't think coverage starts until the 1/4's maybe even semis in the UK.

:bounce:
-Rache

forever_rafter
Jul 23rd, 2005, 11:00 AM
Pame Eleni! I'm sure she can beat Venus, go girl! :bounce:

RayRob
Jul 23rd, 2005, 03:41 PM
I just given the draw a closer look and it really is an opportunity draw for Eleni - other than Venus, there aren't really any big hitters, but even so the varied pace of shots that Eleni uses can really trouble these players. Players like jankovic and Schyder seem to relish playing against the "big hitters", but the way Eleni plays could be a real test for these top 20 players.

I don't think Leni could have asked for a better opportunity to begin her US hard court campaign...gutting thing is, Eurosport in the UK aren't showing this tournie except for some highlights of the final the day after the final.

I guess Eleni's first match might be either tuesday or wednesday, so may have to keep an eye on the live scoreboards :D

-Rache

Bероника
Jul 24th, 2005, 05:20 PM
Best of luck in Stanford,Lena!!!

RayRob
Jul 25th, 2005, 04:31 PM
Doubles draw for Bank of the West classic:

Black/Stubbs [1]
Jankovic/Sprem

Talaja/Washington
Salerni/Vento-Kabchi

Raymond/Stosur [4]
Peschke/Schiavone

McShea/Spears
Daniilidou/Russell
_____________

Lee/Peng
Morariu/Schnyder

Benisova/Jidkova
Groenefeld/Shaughnessy [3]

Haynes/Perry
Qualifier

Hantuchova/Sugiyama
Likhovtseva/Zvonareva [4]
_________________________________________

A fairly good doubles draw here too - again some opportunities to play and defeat competant doubles pairs; Raymond/Stosur, Black/Stubbs. It won't be easy but at least they're away from Hantuchova/Sugiyama who defeated Daniilidou/Russell in Birmingham final (unfortunately I witnessed that courtside :o ) - I left quickly.....but I would have missed my train if it had gone on much longer :S

Eleni is not schedualed for today (monday) so I'm pretty sure she'll be playing tomorrow....will check the website late tonight before I go bed to see if the OOP will be up.

Any comments from everyone about either of the draws?

-Rache

forever_rafter
Jul 25th, 2005, 04:58 PM
Both draws are difficult but we believe in our Lena, don't we? Pame girl!

RayRob
Jul 26th, 2005, 12:44 AM
Well, I stayed up for the order of play for tuesday and Eleni is 3rd on court 1 against Sania Mirza who qualified - not an easy match by any stretch of the imagination but we know Eleni can do it :D

Here's the full OOP for Tuesday 26 July:

Play begins at 11:00 AM

Shaughnessy vs Zvonareva
Schiavone vs Jidkova
Daniilidou vs Mirza
Peer vs Groenefeld

Not before 7:30pm:

Stevenson vs Hantuchova
__________________________

I am estimating that Eleni's match will be around 3pm Stanford time, which is around 00:00CET sort of tuesday night/wednesday morning. I will probably stay up to watch the scores (which is about 11pm UK time) if I can find a live scoreboard somewhere....the official site doesn't have one! :(

Go Eleni!

-Rache

alibaby
Jul 26th, 2005, 08:17 AM
dani vs sania!wow,looks like a real thriller!! :bounce: but difficult for me,as i like them both a lot.. :kiss: :hearts:

forever_rafter
Jul 26th, 2005, 11:50 AM
Good luck Eleni, I believe it will be a great day for my athletes after the superb win of Polish womens volleyball team over Russia :bounce:

RayRob
Jul 26th, 2005, 02:59 PM
hopefully so, I saw the vollyball match and it was a tense one. I did have to leave my room and do something else for a while when Poland were 1-2 and down in the fourth as well.....glad your country and fave vollyball player won in the end :yeah:, hopefully this will carry through to your fave tennis player ;)

-Rache

Go Leni!

RayRob
Jul 27th, 2005, 12:27 AM
GUTTED! Eleni lost in singles to Mirza 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-3 :sad:

I stayed up to watch the update in the OOP and Scores thread, it's now 1.25am and I'm off to bed if I can get sleep ;)

It's a shame about the loss (pity she couldn't have either maintained the breaks she has in the first or took the tiebreak) but at least she still has doubles. Hopefully this won't dampen her spirits for the rest of the US season.

Come one Leni! :bounce:
-Rache

alibaby
Jul 27th, 2005, 08:06 AM
GUTTED! Eleni lost in singles to Mirza 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-3 :sad:

I stayed up to watch the update in the OOP and Scores thread, it's now 1.25am and I'm off to bed if I can get sleep ;)

It's a shame about the loss (pity she couldn't have either maintained the breaks she has in the first or took the tiebreak) but at least she still has doubles. Hopefully this won't dampen her spirits for the rest of the US season.

Come one Leni! :bounce:
-Rache
no,i think,this will make her even stronger!!because to lose vs a player like sania,who is on such a phantastic roll at the moment,she should not be ashamed!!keep smiling,lenii :wavey: it will all come good for you!

forever_rafter
Jul 27th, 2005, 12:13 PM
Let's not forget that Lena didn't play since Wimby so she need matches to get her confidence back. Too bad she didn't win but at least she lost after the fight. Better luck in doubles baby!

alibaby
Jul 27th, 2005, 01:41 PM
Let's not forget that Lena didn't play since Wimby so she need matches to get her confidence back. Too bad she didn't win but at least she lost after the fight. Better luck in doubles baby!
yeah,from me too! :kiss:

RayRob
Jul 27th, 2005, 03:27 PM
Well, Eleni plays doubles today last on court 1 after Venus/Mirza match - imagine the scheduling dialemma had Leni got through to play Venus :eek:

I think it will be about 5am my time in the UK when Eleni/Jennifer match is due on court. I usually work 'til late so don't think I'll be able to manage getting up for it.....but we'll see. I'm thinking probably not. My commitment lacks ;) but I will have worked hard at work to deserve my sleep :D

Hopefully there'll be some good news by the morning :D

:bounce: Pame Eleni and Jennifer ;)

-Rache

alkmene
Jul 28th, 2005, 05:55 AM
There are two really nice pics of Eleni in the wtatour.com site at the photogallery section.
Good to see her happy again!

forever_rafter
Jul 28th, 2005, 10:06 AM
from www.wtatour.com

http://www.wtatour.com/global/photogallery/stanford/f_12.jpg
İSony Ericsson WTA Tour
Palo Alto, California: Player party - Eleni Daniilidou answers questions about her home in Greece.

http://www.wtatour.com/global/photogallery/stanford/f_07.jpg
İSony Ericsson WTA Tour
Palo Alto, California: Player party - Eleni Daniilidou poses with some invited guests.

Daniilidou/Russell (GRE/USA) d. McShea/Spears (AUS/USA) 6:4,3:6,6:3 :bounce: :worship: :hearts: Well done girls!

RayRob
Jul 28th, 2005, 10:54 AM
Well, I've just spent the last hour trying to find out what the score was and i could have just come straight here :D

I did find it eventually but I had to download a 30 day trial of WinWAP for Wimdows so I could see the Sony Ericsson scoreboard :lol:

The darn "official" BOTW Classic site doesn't have the match down as played at all! :rolleyes: But Leni and jennifer play Kveta Peschke & Francesca Schiavone today at 1pm stanford time which is about 10pm CET. I will probably follow the results on my mobile if I can get it working as I'll be at work. If I finish early then I'll be watching in on my new software :rolleyes:

Great to see pictures of her from Stanford ;)

-Rache

alibaby
Jul 28th, 2005, 01:08 PM
good luck in doubles,leni-baby!! :kiss: :hearts:

RayRob
Jul 28th, 2005, 11:38 PM
:bigcry:

Leni and Jen lost in doubles :( 6-3, 6-4. i think there were a few breaks of serve and just when you thought they were fighting back, Schiavone and Peschke came back in the match.

It was a bad day in tennis for me - first Lindsay DAvenport retired at 5-0 with an injury, then Leni and Jen lost in doubles :(

Hopefully better chances in next event....Eleni isn't on the player list for Acura, but spaces may come available as Paola Saurez is on the list, but she's been out injured, plus Lindsay might decide not to play if she is bad :cry: One consolation might be that Eleni gets to play that.

As a tier 1 event, there will be many chances for her to play some great players and hopefully beat them......but as yet, we don't know if she'll be playing there.

I'll have to keep an eye on that list.

-Rache

RayRob
Jul 29th, 2005, 12:08 AM
OK, found out that Serena and Maria who are on the commitment list for the Acura Classic have actually officially withdrawn, so that is definately 2 extra places available in the main draw.....Lindsay now might be questionable as could Saurez.

As much as I hate seeing top players withdraw from a tier 1 event (dementieva could yet be the top seed :eek: ), it could be a good chance for Eleni. Given her somewhat early exit in singles, she might want to try and take up one of the two - possibly four - extra spaces in the main draw.

Anyone think she might chose to do this? Or at least think it would be a good idea for her?

-Rache

forever_rafter
Jul 29th, 2005, 02:44 PM
I do hope Eleni will enter the tournament in San Diego

alibaby
Jul 29th, 2005, 03:02 PM
OK, found out that Serena and Maria who are on the commitment list for the Acura Classic have actually officially withdrawn, so that is definately 2 extra places available in the main draw.....Lindsay now might be questionable as could Saurez.

As much as I hate seeing top players withdraw from a tier 1 event (dementieva could yet be the top seed :eek: ), it could be a good chance for Eleni. Given her somewhat early exit in singles, she might want to try and take up one of the two - possibly four - extra spaces in the main draw.

Anyone think she might chose to do this? Or at least think it would be a good idea for her?

-Rache
surely would be a good idea,the more points she can take up on the way,the better!and if some of the stronger ones withdraw,all the better for her!either way,i wish you all the best,leni-baby!! :kiss:

alibaby
Jul 29th, 2005, 03:07 PM
I do hope Eleni will enter the tournament in San Diego
hey my polish friend!how are you?did you see the match yesterday,poland vs netherlands?was very exciting,was nt it?and i was happy for both sides,the dutch because they have a very sympathethic team,and poland,who are in the next round,although they re lost.so,everyone was a "winner"basically!yeah,with elenii,it will be very interesting months!i hope,she does well over the next months.

forever_rafter
Jul 29th, 2005, 03:31 PM
Hi my German friend! I hope both Poland and Gremany will win tomorrow so we could face each other in the final. 3 of 4 teams will advance to the next year's GP so the goal is only 1 win away

alibaby
Jul 29th, 2005, 03:39 PM
yeah,that would be really nice!!and the germans are lovely girls as well!they deserve to be up with the best! :)

forever_rafter
Jul 30th, 2005, 10:19 AM
Eleni is in the main drwa of Accura Classic tournament in San Diego :) She faces Groenfeld in the 1st round...

RayRob
Jul 30th, 2005, 11:25 AM
Eleni is in the main drwa of Accura Classic tournament in San Diego :) She faces Groenfeld in the 1st round...

:bounce: I knew she would enter!!! Not sure if that's an ideal first round opponant though, as Groenefeld seems to be on a bit of a streak in Stanford....maybe she might be a bit tired by the time she gets to San Diego ;)

I will take a look at the draw - thanks for the info :D

-Rache

forever_rafter
Jul 30th, 2005, 11:38 AM
My friend will be there so I hope for some pics of Lena to share with you ;)

alibaby
Jul 30th, 2005, 11:46 AM
:bounce: I knew she would enter!!! Not sure if that's an ideal first round opponant though, as Groenefeld seems to be on a bit of a streak in Stanford....maybe she might be a bit tired by the time she gets to San Diego ;)

I will take a look at the draw - thanks for the info :D

-Rache
could be quite an interesting match! :)

Bероника
Jul 30th, 2005, 12:03 PM
Go Lena in San Diego!!!!

RayRob
Jul 31st, 2005, 12:08 AM
My friend will be there so I hope for some pics of Lena to share with you ;)

That would be great if your friend could do that! :D

I took a look at the draw and if/when leni wins the first match, she would meet Mary pierce who I think is very beatable. She has played some good tennis but I think Leni's low sliced backhands could trouble her.....but now I'm getting carried away - one match at a time ;)

C'mon Leni! :bounce:
-Rache

forever_rafter
Aug 1st, 2005, 11:26 AM
Talaja/Washington vs. Daniilidou/Russell in 4th match of the day on court #2 Come on girls! :bounce:

RayRob
Aug 1st, 2005, 01:35 PM
:banana:

That's great :woohoo: That's going to be about 11pm for me (12am CET)....at least the acura classic website has a live scoreboard as opposed to Stanford now having one!

I think I'll be saying up as always ;)

Go Eleni - Go jen!!!! :bounce:

-Rache

forever_rafter
Aug 1st, 2005, 07:44 PM
I'll be sleeping by then but I hope that when I get up tomorrow I'll find good news on Lena. Go girls! :bounce: :bounce:

guizzy
Aug 1st, 2005, 08:34 PM
I'll try to stay up and watch the live scoreboard. Hopefully I will have sweet dreams later on.

forever_rafter
Aug 1st, 2005, 08:39 PM
I hope you will ;)

RayRob
Aug 1st, 2005, 08:55 PM
I will most definately be up watching the scoreboard....I never manage to get to sleep until late anyway because I work funny hours at work....I don't usually get in until 10pm/10.30pm so the five hours after that are like the peak of my day ;)

Plus, it's good training for me during the US Open when I watch the tennis through until 4am! ;)

-Rache

RayRob
Aug 1st, 2005, 09:26 PM
Well, it's currently 22.25 (23.25 CET) and the doubles match before Eleni and jen's has only just begun.....so I guess it will be a late night for me.....oh well, let's hope it'll be a good night :D

Pame eleni! :banana:

-Rache

guizzy
Aug 1st, 2005, 09:44 PM
Well, it's currently 22.25 (23.25 CET) and the doubles match before Eleni and jen's has only just begun.....so I guess it will be a late night for me.....oh well, let's hope it'll be a good night :D

Pame eleni! :banana:

-Rache
Is the scoreboard working for you? It is not working for me so I don't know what is happening. Will you be updating the scores?

RayRob
Aug 1st, 2005, 10:31 PM
Is the scoreboard working for you? It is not working for me so I don't know what is happening. Will you be updating the scores?

The score board wasn't working for me a couple of hours ago but it is now! Seems the match might be on shortly as McShea/Spears are 7/5 5/2 up in their match which is the one before Eleni's.

If it's still not working for you, it might be because you do not have "falsh player" installed into your computer.

I can update the scores for you if you like....do you want me to open a thread in this forum to keep you updated?

-Rache

guizzy
Aug 1st, 2005, 10:47 PM
I'm trying to get Flash Player for some time now but there seems to be a problem. I'll try again and I'll let you know. But you don't have to open a thread here, I can just watch your updates at the Acure classic thread.

RayRob
Aug 1st, 2005, 10:58 PM
ok, no problems :D

Emerald
Aug 2nd, 2005, 12:46 AM
Best Wishes Eleni!! :):)

RayRob
Aug 2nd, 2005, 12:54 AM
Well, the match is over even though Amen, Guizzy and myself were on the edge of our seats....well, lets say Guizzy and Amen wear actually falling asleep on the edge of their seats ;)

Leni and Jen went through to the next round with a victory over Talaja/Washington 6/4 4/6 6/2

Talaja/Washington never held serve in the final set, the two games they got were one each of the Leni/Jen service games.

I was hoping it would have been over in two sets because Leni should have a singles match tomorrow (well today ;) ) which could be a tough one. Hopefully she'll be fine!

All the best for the rest of the tournament :bounce:

:banana:
-Rache

forever_rafter
Aug 2nd, 2005, 10:17 AM
Cool, well done girls! :bounce: :hearts: Good luck in singles Eleni sweety :bounce: :)

alibaby
Aug 2nd, 2005, 10:33 AM
Well, the match is over even though Amen, Guizzy and myself were on the edge of our seats....well, lets say Guizzy and Amen wear actually falling asleep on the edge of their seats ;)

Leni and Jen went through to the next round with a victory over Talaja/Washington 6/4 4/6 6/2

Talaja/Washington never held serve in the final set, the two games they got were one each of the Leni/Jen service games.

I was hoping it would have been over in two sets because Leni should have a singles match tomorrow (well today ;) ) which could be a tough one. Hopefully she'll be fine!


:banana:
-Racheyeah,good start for lenii-baby into the tournament! :kiss: :hearts: good luck today!!

RayRob
Aug 2nd, 2005, 02:05 PM
Eleni is 3rd on Grandstand against Groenefeld. Play begins on grandstand at 10am, so Eleni's match is likely to be about 1pm local time, that's around 10pm CET. I might well still be at work at that time but I will try and get the results/updates on my phone to keep informed of how leni is doing. So as it is, I might not be online to update my Greek friends as I did yesterday - hopefully someone in the scoring thread might be kind enough to update you :D

Best wishes to Eleni and I hope she does well - it's a big match for her :bounce:

-Rache

guizzy
Aug 2nd, 2005, 04:40 PM
Hey, I didn't fall asleep, I just almost fell off my chair,but I think Amen did take a nap while trying to keep me up.Come back on time RayRob we had a great gang yesterday. Of course everybody is invited to our gang tonight.
Show them what you have Lena!!

RayRob
Aug 2nd, 2005, 09:32 PM
Well, I'm their right now doing scores and cheering. Fortunately for me, the other matches went on a little longer than anticipated....so I got back from work just in time...it was one all in the first set.

hopefully Leni will do us proud! :D

-Rache

RayRob
Aug 2nd, 2005, 11:20 PM
Well, I hate to be the barer of bad news....Leni lost again today to Groenefeld 7-6, 6-4

It's a tough loss because Leni was serving convincingly in the first set - holding serve to love or 15...but towards the end, she got broke and Groenefeld served for the first set at 5-4 but Leni broke back, each held serve. Then the tiebreak came and I think leni was a mini break down from the first point, then she went a mini break ahead at 4-2 in the tiebreak. Unfortunately she lost that 7-5.

Then the second set. her first service game was broken, Groenefeld had 2-0....Leni broke back and serve to make it 2-2.....then Leni went ahead a break at 4-2 and serving for 5-2, but Groenefeld broke again leveled it at 4-4....groenefeld broke again to make 5-4 and Leni tried to fight back but in the end it was too late: 7/5 6/4 :(

Leni seems to not have confidence when it comes to being ahead and staying ahead...she needs to work on her serve and to have confidence in it! She served well in the first set and I think had she have won that, she would have been more inclined to convert important points in the second.

It worried me that in the second set, she would be 40-0 up on her serve, but Groenefeld was let back in bringing it back to 40-30 or deuce,

hopefully Leni can win a few singles before the US Open just to give her a confidence boost on the hard courts - she needs it! It's even more gutting that her last 2 first round loses were extremely close matches, and a point here and there could have won them! Hopefully she won't be down on herself and she can look more on those possitive aspects of things.....although it might be tougher when you're in her shoes.

C'mon kidda, lets post some good singles results for the Us Open :D And best wished to you in the doubles with Jen :D

-Rache

forever_rafter
Aug 2nd, 2005, 11:25 PM
Eh, I've just seen the score. What a pity for Eleni :sad: From what you wrote she should have won the 2nd set. Her serve is her Achilles' heel :sad: It's always been... I hope for some singles wins before the US Open, otherwise it can be tough and tense

RayRob
Aug 3rd, 2005, 03:16 PM
Here serve has always bothered me....when I saw her play in the doubles final at the DFS Classic in Birmingham it accurred to me what the problem is.

She is 6ft 1inch tall and doesn't use her height at all. She makes contact with the ball quite low so doesn't get a full swing and it doesn't come down from the heighest height. I think i mentioned it in an email to someone; look at 2 other tall players like Lindsay Davenport and VEnus Williams. Both are similar height to Eleni, both rely on their serves but use their height to great advantages in different ways.

Venus has a bomb of a fast serve, it's not always well placed but the speed of the serve and weight of shot get's her many cheap points. The reason the serve is so fast is because she makes contact with the ball from about 10-11 feet in the air, actually jumping to launch herself to a heigher position and so uses the great angle from service box to her racket head to generate most of the speed. So in this case, Venus uses her height as a speed generator.

Lindsay on the other hand uses her height differently. Her serve isn't as fast as Venus but wins loads of cheap points because her ball placement is amazing! Lindsay makes contact with the ball about 9 to 10 feet in the air as she tends not to jump or launch herself like Venus does. This results in a slightly slower serve but is able to place the ball from service close to the service lines. Lindsay is able to do this because it's easier to direct the ball over the net, to where you want from a hiegher trajectory (if that's the right term). So, in this case Lindsay uses her heigh for great placement.

Eleni could adapt her serve in any of these ways, using her height by throwing the ball higher up and making contact with the ball in the air at full stretch, thus giving her more power and better placement. At the moment, i think, she lets her service toss drop quite low and sometimes she sort of stoops, or bends her knees low to hit the ball. Perhaps she uses her bended knees as a means of launching herself at the ball a bit like when you push a spring down, then let go. Unfortunately, doing this doesn't do your lower leg muscles any good....whether it be calf or the tendens below your knee (which we know Leni has had problems with).

Being tall in tennis is considered an advantage these days, and Eleni should use it effectively. Maybe I'm wrong on this, I don't know - they're my opinions from what I have observed and i know it's not too late for her to develop a better serve. This is key....and dare I suggest looking for another coach!? I know she gets on with Judith but sometimes coaches can only take a particular player so far, before they stop improving......but hey, what do I know?! ;)

Anyone else have any thoughts?

-Rache

RayRob
Aug 3rd, 2005, 03:24 PM
Well, just checked and Eleni and Jen don't have doubles today so at least Eleni gets a bit of a day of rest.....and maybe we'll get a two set win instead of another 3 sets :eek:

;)

C'mon Leni and Jen :bounce:

-Rache

Bероника
Aug 3rd, 2005, 07:34 PM
well good luck in doubles!!!!!!!!!

guizzy
Aug 3rd, 2005, 09:14 PM
Well it seems like we all agree that Lena has a serve problem and I'm sure she and her coach have identified this problem a long time ago. The thing is that I don't see them doing anything drastic to improve it and not improving is catastrophic for her confidence and without confidence you can not improve and we start all over this cycle again.
I understand that she has a great relationship with her coach but I think that Judith can not offer anything more as a coach to Lena. She has done a great job until now bringing Lena where she is but things change, Lena isn't 18 anymore and if she wants to get higher then she has to adjust to the new facts and try to find someone who will push her further just like she did with her new fitness trainner.
I know it's not easy changing your coach, I've been through it myself but sometimes it's the only way.
But again these are only my thoughts. Any other thoughts to hear?

forever_rafter
Aug 4th, 2005, 10:44 AM
order of play for today:

Court 2 (from 12.00hrs)
1. K.Bondarenko/A.Rodionova vs. Drake/Granville
2. Black/Stubbs vs. McShea/Spears
3. Lee/Peng vs. Daniilidou/Russell :bounce: :hearts:

good luck girls!

alibaby
Aug 4th, 2005, 11:13 AM
Well it seems like we all agree that Lena has a serve problem and I'm sure she and her coach have identified this problem a long time ago. The thing is that I don't see them doing anything drastic to improve it and not improving is catastrophic for her confidence and without confidence you can not improve and we start all over this cycle again.
I understand that she has a great relationship with her coach but I think that Judith can not offer anything more as a coach to Lena. She has done a great job until now bringing Lena where she is but things change, Lena isn't 18 anymore and if she wants to get higher then she has to adjust to the new facts and try to find someone who will push her further just like she did with her new fitness trainner.
I know it's not easy changing your coach, I've been through it myself but sometimes it's the only way.
But again these are only my thoughts. Any other thoughts to hear?
hm,as i have not seen her play for a long time,i can not say too much about that point.but surely,you know better,and i hope for her,that the problem can be solved fast,because everyone knows,she has great potential,and loads of improvement in her!someone only has to press the right button,i think!and if someone else might do it better,give it a chance...but as i said,i have far too less insight,to say directly,what to do!its just a state of mind...

RayRob
Aug 4th, 2005, 11:49 AM
order of play for today:

Court 2 (from 12.00hrs)
1. K.Bondarenko/A.Rodionova vs. Drake/Granville
2. Black/Stubbs vs. McShea/Spears
3. Lee/Peng vs. Daniilidou/Russell :bounce: :hearts:

good luck girls!

Thank's Rafter.....looks like it's about the usual time for me tonight 11pm/12am UK time for me....so as usual I will probably be following the scores. no one can doubt my supporter commitment ;)

Because of staying up to watch the scoreboard for Leni's matches, I've got in the horrible pattern of sleep - not been able to go bed until 4am :(

Oh well, I'll just try to get out of that :D

Go Leni/Jen :bounce:
-Rache

forever_rafter
Aug 4th, 2005, 02:55 PM
Eleni has such devoted fans :kiss: ;)

RayRob
Aug 4th, 2005, 10:01 PM
Well, I just got in from work to find that the match before Leni and Jen's hasn't even begun!

I think it's going to be another 4am bedtime for me ;) I'm not feeling too well either, I have a sore throat coming :sad: Oh well, I will brave it all - hopefully they'll win! :D

-Rache

guizzy
Aug 4th, 2005, 10:06 PM
The match won't start before 02:30 Greece time but I'll try to stay awake till then.I hope I can do this.

forever_rafter
Aug 4th, 2005, 10:55 PM
It's almost 1am here in Poland and I'm already too sleepy to stay awake. Can't wait for the east coast tournaments, it's "only" 6 hours time difference ;) I'll keep my fingers crossed in the sleep ;) :) I hope they'll win :bounce:

RayRob
Aug 5th, 2005, 01:08 AM
sad to say that I don't have any good news on Eleni and Jen's match... unfortunately they lost 6-2, 6-3 to Lee and Peng. Whoever it was who served first out of the Eleni and Jen duo was the one who was broken the most.....i don't know who it was but I hope it wasn't Leni as that wouldn't be good. We'll probably never know.

Ok, now I'm not sure what we have to look forward to now....will Leni play LA....if so I hope she wins a match in singles and more than one in doubles ;) Either way, I hope she is 100% fit and ready for whatever lies ahead for her.

C'mon kidda, you can do it :D

-Rache

alibaby
Aug 5th, 2005, 09:00 AM
sad to say that I don't have any good news on Eleni and Jen's match... unfortunately they lost 6-2, 6-3 to Lee and Peng. Whoever it was who served first out of the Eleni and Jen duo was the one who was broken the most.....i don't know who it was but I hope it wasn't Leni as that wouldn't be good. We'll probably never know.

Ok, now I'm not sure what we have to look forward to now....will Leni play LA....if so I hope she wins a match in singles and more than one in doubles ;) Either way, I hope she is 100% fit and ready for whatever lies ahead for her.

C'mon kidda, you can do it :D

-Rache
dito!!she deserves it!! :)

forever_rafter
Aug 5th, 2005, 02:09 PM
Let's hope it's the last early exit on American hard courts for Eleni. Pame!

RayRob, nice avatar ;)

RayRob
Aug 5th, 2005, 08:30 PM
RayRob, nice avatar ;)

Thank you! :D

Since I've been having trouble sleeping, I thought I'd use my time wisely and create a new avatar - and there you have it :angel: Also a small way to offer my support to Leni ;)

-Rache

forever_rafter
Aug 5th, 2005, 11:22 PM
It's very nice, the pics and the background colour, really cute :)

guizzy
Aug 6th, 2005, 10:55 PM
Lena will be playing in L.A tournament and she will be in the main draw replacing Serena Williams. I couldn't find the draw anywhere but I read so in a Greek newspaper so I guess some more very long nights are waiting for us this week. Another chance to try and find her self.
Kalh epitixia Lena!!

forever_rafter
Aug 7th, 2005, 10:53 AM
Eleni has a tough draw again. In the 1st round she faces Akkiko Morigami who retired in the second set of the San Diego's semifinal due to right knee tendonitis.

RayRob
Aug 7th, 2005, 02:01 PM
I just checked the draw because I didn't know whether or not she was in it. Eleni seems to be "drawing the short straw" as it were when it comes to these US Hard court draws because she's facing all the tough opponants!

Akkiko Morigami who she plays in the first round had a great run in San Diego, but if she isn't fully recovered from the knee problem then Leni will have a good chance. If Morigami withdraws, Leni yet again will get a "lucky loser" which she lost to in stanford again Mirza who was a LL at that event.

If Leni gets through, she would get to play Kuznetsova who I think Leni would love to play again because she has a hard hitting game which Leni can feed off and slow down with her back hand slice....Sveta has a lot of trouble against that sort of shot.

The great thing is, Eleni leads 2-1 against morigami in H2H's, except Morigami defeated Leni the last time they played at Birmingham last year (but it was because Leni had to retire in the final set) However, Leni's two wins against Akkiko were on hard courts....first time was indoors, second time was out doors in Miami.....so Eleni should go in with a good mental edge.

We'll see how it pans out and whether or not Akkiko will play.

C'mon Eleni! :bounce: A good draw, with the opportunity to beat a couple of great players on the way :D

-Rache

alibaby
Aug 7th, 2005, 04:21 PM
I just checked the draw because I didn't know whether or not she was in it. Eleni seems to be "drawing the short straw" as it were when it comes to these US Hard court draws because she's facing all the tough opponants!

Akkiko Morigami who she plays in the first round had a great run in San Diego, but if she isn't fully recovered from the knee problem then Leni will have a good chance. If Morigami withdraws, Leni yet again will get a "lucky loser" which she lost to in stanford again Mirza who was a LL at that event.

If Leni gets through, she would get to play Kuznetsova who I think Leni would love to play again because she has a hard hitting game which Leni can feed off and slow down with her back hand slice....Sveta has a lot of trouble against that sort of shot.

The great thing is, Eleni leads 2-1 against morigami in H2H's, except Morigami defeated Leni the last time they played at Birmingham last year (but it was because Leni had to retire in the final set) However, Leni's two wins against Akkiko were on hard courts....first time was indoors, second time was out doors in Miami.....so Eleni should go in with a good mental edge.

We'll see how it pans out and whether or not Akkiko will play.

C'mon Eleni! :bounce: A good draw, with the opportunity to beat a couple of great players on the way :D

-Rache
yeah,tough but not impossible!!good luck,lenii-baby! :kiss:

forever_rafter
Aug 7th, 2005, 06:58 PM
Why not, give it a go Lena baby! :bounce: Somebody wrote that Morigami had withdrawn

RayRob
Aug 7th, 2005, 09:54 PM
yes Rafter, you are correct......It seems like Morigami has been replaced in the draw by a Qualifier.....as yet the qualifiers haven't been decided, but hopefully Leni won't get anyone too tricky - who ever it is I beleive she will be able to beat them.

And also, Leni is playing doubles with her possible second round opponant in singles; Sveta Kuznetsova! Wow, it will be interesting to see how this partnership goes :D

You can find the draws and possible qualifiers via this link: http://www.wtatour.com/global/includes/TrackIt.asp?file=/global/Pdfs/events/2005/losangeles1_draws.pdf

Well, I'll be looking forward to this :D

-Rache

RayRob
Aug 8th, 2005, 09:41 AM
Well, the qualifiers are set in place and it seems that Eleni will play Ma. Emilia Salerni who she has played once in a qualifying event. Eleni lost that in 3 sets on hard court indoors, luxemberg, however it was way back in 2001 and Leni has made big strides since then.

This is the first time they've played in the main draw. It's a good match for Elnei to get some practice and get into the swing of things.

As far as i'm aware, Leni doesn't play today (monday) so I'm persuming her first match is tomorrow. Whenever she plays I'll be wishing her all the best :D

Go Eleni :bounce:
-Rache

forever_rafter
Aug 8th, 2005, 09:42 AM
Really?!She plays doubles with Sveta? I though that Eleni and Jen were about to play together at least til the US Open...BTW, Eleni and Sveta will face Martinez and Pascual in the 1st round. What a draw...Would be great if they beat them though ;)

alibaby
Aug 8th, 2005, 10:56 AM
Really?!She plays doubles with Sveta? I though that Eleni and Jen were about to play together at least til the US Open...BTW, Eleni and Sveta will face Martinez and Pascual in the 1st round. What a draw...Would be great if they beat them though ;)
yeah,a very interesting pair!!but vs pascual an martinez is a tough one!even more as they are on a high after winning the doubles final in san diego!!but,you never know....all the best-lenii-baby!! :kiss:

Bероника
Aug 8th, 2005, 01:55 PM
I wish Eleni good luck for her match against Salerni.I think the argentinean girl in under her reach :D

As for the pair Eleni/Sveta I like it a lot.I hope they will go far!

RayRob
Aug 9th, 2005, 10:29 AM
Well, Leni has been honoured with opening proceedings on the Stadium court (first match on there this year as it wasn't used yesterday). Her match is at 11am that's 8pm CET so it's an earthly hour for my greek and polish friends. Unfortunately, I'll be at work so I am going to have to make sure there's lots of credit on my phone so I can keep up-to-date with the scores.

Then, the fun doesn't stop there....leni's first match with Sveta is last on court 4 (which is probably why they put her on first in any case). This will be around 2.30am CET (wednesday morning to us), but this is an approximate estimation so I could be slightly out.....I have counted as if each match preceeding Leni's doubles last's 1.5hours. Some last longer, some don't last as long but at least you have an idea if you want to stay up and follow scores :D

C'mon Leni! let's win this match (I have plenty of Vcash on you for this win ;) )
-Rache

forever_rafter
Aug 9th, 2005, 11:30 AM
Yeah, time to shine girl! :bounce: Good luck both in singles and doubles!

guizzy
Aug 9th, 2005, 08:53 PM
Lena finally did it. She won E.Salerni 7-6/7-5 in LA and got to the second round where she will be playing against her doubles partner Kuznetsova. By the way later on Eleni is playing with Kuznetsova in doubles in the last match of the day. Good luck there too Eleni.

RayRob
Aug 9th, 2005, 09:52 PM
:woohoo:

Well done Leni! I bet she is well pleased! I was so annoyed because I was at work and couldn't get updates on my phone because WAP wasn't working, so a lady at work let me use hers but the sony ericsson WTA section said, "No latest scores to show" I was like :eek: :bigcry: I had to wait and thankfully guizzy had the good news for me :D

I am going to stay online the doubles match, but I don't know where live scores will be if not on WAP, the JP Morgan Chase Open site doesn't seem to have a live scoreboard :( How annoying!

I'm just glad Leni has now got a singles win under her belt and I know she's more than capable of beating Sveta in the next round :bounce:

C'mon Leni! :woohoo:

-Rache

RayRob
Aug 9th, 2005, 11:45 PM
Well, I aren't going to both stay up for the doubles match because there is no reliable scoring system.....the WAP service isn't working this week - I have emailed Sony Ericsson to complain.....not sure if they'll respond although I was very nice in the email ;) Told them how great the updates were for the last two weeks etc....softened them up a bit ;)

Anyway, best wishes to Leni and Sveta.

-Rache

PS. I have a wisdom tooth coming through and it's been the most painful out of all of them....I think it's bleeding now. I don't have a dentist so do you think Eleni's dad might take a look at it for me ;) :lol: It is very sore though :sad: I've resorted to eating a lot of rice because I don't have to chew that!

alibaby
Aug 10th, 2005, 09:18 AM
Well, I aren't going to both stay up for the doubles match because there is no reliable scoring system.....the WAP service isn't working this week - I have emailed Sony Ericsson to complain.....not sure if they'll respond although I was very nice in the email ;) Told them how great the updates were for the last two weeks etc....softened them up a bit ;)

Anyway, best wishes to Leni and Sveta.

-Rache

PS. I have a wisdom tooth coming through and it's been the most painful out of all of them....I think it's bleeding now. I don't have a dentist so do you think Eleni's dad might take a look at it for me ;) :lol: It is very sore though :sad: I've resorted to eating a lot of rice because I don't have to chew that!
oh,wisdom tooth!thats not nice...had that experience already!but if its done,you will feel better!so,dont worry.but a good start for lenii-baby!! :kiss: if she can do the same with sveta is another question,but its all possible. :kiss: lenii

RayRob
Aug 10th, 2005, 11:11 AM
Well, I'm glad I went to bed because Leni/Sveta lost 6-2, 6-2 to the second seeds. It would have been big to beat the second seeds, but when you play against them with a partner you've never played with before (or not as much) then it's likely you won't do very well.

In a way I'm glad they lost because it means Eleni won't have to worry in the next round about meeting her doubles partner. There might have been the possibility of her thinking, "oh no, I have to play doubles with her tomorrow....if I beat her, she might be in a mood" ;) :lol: Now she doen't have to worry about that and can play her heart out :D

C'mon leni....do some damage in singles :bounce:
-Rache

alibaby
Aug 10th, 2005, 11:30 AM
Well, I'm glad I went to bed because Leni/Sveta lost 6-2, 6-2 to the second seeds. It would have been big to beat the second seeds, but when you play against them with a partner you've never played with before (or not as much) then it's likely you won't do very well.

In a way I'm glad they lost because it means Eleni won't have to worry in the next round about meeting her doubles partner. There might have been the possibility of her thinking, "oh no, I have to play doubles with her tomorrow....if I beat her, she might be in a mood" ;) :lol: Now she doen't have to worry about that and can play her heart out :D

C'mon leni....do some damage in singles :bounce:
-Rache
yeah,there might be some truth in it..and i think,when she really "gets"over sveta,a big stone is out of her way!although for me,its not that easy,because im a big sveta-fan too!!but,as always,the main thing is a great match from both,and may the better win!! :hearts:

forever_rafter
Aug 10th, 2005, 11:54 AM
I've resorted to eating a lot of rice because I don't have to chew that!


I love rice :) Don't like potatoes so I'm not your typical Polish ;) I like pasta as well. Hope you will feel better soon :hug:

RayRob
Aug 10th, 2005, 03:12 PM
I have found 3 pictures of Eleni from her first round match at the JP Morgan Chase Open. I've used an image hosting service for these images and sometimes people don't always see the images, you may need to refresh a couple of times to try and see them :D

http://www.afreeimagehost.com/upload/4260/JPMorganChase_RD1_Eleni_FHand.jpg

http://www.afreeimagehost.com/upload/4260/JPMorganChase_RD1_Eleni_FHand_Volly.jpg

http://www.afreeimagehost.com/upload/4260/JPMorganChase_RD1_Eleni_BHand.jpg

Sorry that they are kinda small....it's the best i could get :D

-Rache

RayRob
Aug 10th, 2005, 03:21 PM
Thanks for your kind words Rafter....My tooth feels better today!

I just checked the OOP for today and Eleni has got to play her match today (or tomorrow morning for we europeans)! I hope she's ready ;) She's last on Stadium Court against Sveta which will be about 4.30am UK time, around 5.30am CET, the match follows kims against Sprem.

not sure I can stay up that late, but i might just get up early to watch the scores if anyone on the board will be updating.....

Best wishes Eleni! :bounce:
-Rache

forever_rafter
Aug 10th, 2005, 04:58 PM
Thanks for the pics, better small than none :-) Lena's hair is getting longer, I hoped she would keep it shorter at least til the us open...

RayRob
Aug 10th, 2005, 10:03 PM
Thanks for the pics, better small than none :-) Lena's hair is getting longer, I hoped she would keep it shorter at least til the us open...

Yeah, I must admit, when I saw her with it short at the DFS Classic I thought the shorter hair really suited her....maybe she just hasn't had chance for a trim ;) :angel:

Oh, BTW, off topic I was at work tonight and I noticed that I was packing a box going to Warsaw in Poland....going to a shop called "Sonic" I persume it's a music shop since that's what we distribute!

I think I might set my alarm to wake me up for Eleni's match.....I'll just see what the scoring thread is like first - maybe it's televised in the USA tonight?!

-Rache

guizzy
Aug 11th, 2005, 05:14 AM
I'm tooooooooo exited. I woke up very very early to watch the score board for Eleni's match against Kuznetsova and suddenly after about an hour and a half I realized that Eleni had WON. How is she doing that with the top players? Maybe she should only play against top players. Bravo Lenara!!!! It's a nice time for a come back.
I don't think I can sleep again after all this exitment.

forever_rafter
Aug 11th, 2005, 07:39 AM
Hehe, I woke up an hour ago and what a nice way to start a day :hearts: Here is a pics from www.wtatour.com

http://www.wtatour.com/global/photos_rx/daniilidou_7761_rx.jpg

RayRob
Aug 11th, 2005, 07:48 AM
:bounce: :banana: :bounce: :woohoo: :bounce: :banana: :bounce:

WELL DONE LENI!

I knew she would do it!

I couldn't wake back up all that early this morning, I finished work at 11pm but couldn't get sleep early enough to be able to wake up at 4.30am to see the scores.

Anyway, I just went straight to wtatour.com and still being half asleep it took the headline, "Kuznetsova Out in LA" a while to register that it was Eleni who played her....it became clear to me suddenly when my eyes adjusted to focus on the picture of Eleni :D

This is the picture at WTAtour.com:

http://www.wtatour.com/global/photos_rx/daniilidou_7761_rx.jpg

This is the only part of the article about the match on WTAtour.com:

"Daniilidou Upsets Kuznetsova

LOS ANGELES - No.2 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova was eliminated in her first match of the week in Los Angeles on Wednesday, falling to Eleni Daniilidou in second round action at the JPMorgan Chase Open presented by Herbalife.
The No.4-ranked Russian player wasn't able to get her game going during the evening session on Wednesday night, falling to Daniilidou in straight sets, 64 64.

"I need to start practicing more and work on getting my brain together," Kuznetsova said. "I just need to get everything better. Work on getting the ball in.

"I hate losing, so I will have to work much more and practice much more."
___________________________
No words from Eleni in that. :(

From ESPN:

"
CARSON, Calif. -- U.S. Open champion and second-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova was upset Wednesday night in the second round of the JPMorgan Chase Open, which earlier lost No. 6 seed Mary Pierce to injury.



Kuznetsova of Russia fell to Eleni Daniilidou of Greece, 6-4, 6-4.



"If I keep playing like this, I can go home because I'm not going to win a match," Kuznetsova said afterward. "I can't get everything together."
______________________
Did Sveta really play that badly :confused: Either way, I don't care I win's a win and Eleni had to play it and win it....she was ready and made the shots that counted. So, Leni still in and doing well, Sveta out!

I'm going to see if there are any articles with some words from Eleni and also find some pictures :D

-Rache

forever_rafter
Aug 11th, 2005, 07:55 AM
There is a fan's report in "General messages". And here are pics from sportsline.com :)

http://images.sportsline.com/u/ap/photos/CACC119081101_1024x768.jpg (http://)
http://images.sportsline.com/u/ap/photos/CACC116081100_1024x768.jpg (http://)
http://images.sportsline.com/u/ap/photos/CACC115081100_1024x768.jpg (http://)

RayRob
Aug 11th, 2005, 08:04 AM
Although i can't find any articles that give a few words by Eleni, I did find this which I was very pleased to read:

"Kuzentsova suffers Greek tragedy

By Matthew Cronin

LOS ANGELES, Aug 10 (Reuters) - Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova continued her poor run of form in the build up to the defence of her U.S. Open title, falling 6-4 6-4 to Greece's Eleni Daniilidou in the second round of JP Morgan Chase Open on Wednesday.

While the second seed remained mired in worrying slump, her compatriots prospered, with number three Elena Dementieva easing past Australia's Samantha Stosur 6-4 6-3 and fourth seed Nadia Petrova crushing American wild card Jill Craybas 6-3 6-1.

Further down the Russian pecking order, 12th seed Dinara Safina overcame Japanese qualifier Rika Fujiwara 6-2 7-5, while 16th seed Anna Chakvetadze outlasted Iveta Benesova 7-5 4-6 6-4.

Losing her opening match for the second consecutive week, Kuznetsova looked well short of the confidence that carried her to glory in New York.

The 22-year-old Daniilidou served well during the entire contest and matched Kuznetsova stroke-for-stroke in the rallies, securing victory with a booming ace :eek: down the middle. :woohoo:

"It's horrible," said Kuznetsova, who has not won a title in more than 10 months.

"I can't find my game. I don't have confidence and everything comes from the head. If I keep playing like this, I might as well go home."
___________________________

Maybe she has been working on her serve?! To finish with an Ace against a great returner is fantastic and I don't care how bad the articles say Sveta's game was.....there's nothing you can do about great serving!

Well done Eleni - we're really proud of you :D

-Rache

forever_rafter
Aug 11th, 2005, 08:06 AM
We are :hearts: It's fantastic to read that her serve was actually working well :)

RayRob
Aug 11th, 2005, 08:09 AM
This is a great article....some quotes from Eleni (from her first round match) but gives an insight as to her goals etc.

http://www.dailybreeze.com/sports/articles/1665276.html

-Rache

forever_rafter
Aug 11th, 2005, 08:23 AM
Thanks, I really enjoyed reading it

RayRob
Aug 11th, 2005, 08:38 AM
Just a few more pictures that I found:

I love this one and the second one :D

http://www.afreeimagehost.com/upload/4260/JPMorganChase_RD2_celebrate.df.Sveta.jpg

http://www.afreeimagehost.com/upload/4260/JPMorganChase_RD2_runs.to.net.jpg

http://www.afreeimagehost.com/upload/4260/JPMorganChase_RD2_hits.bHand.jpg

alibaby
Aug 11th, 2005, 11:41 AM
congrats to that fine victory,lenii-baby!! :kiss: :hearts: although it was vs "my"sveta,but you deserve it too!keep on rolling!

RayRob
Aug 11th, 2005, 01:28 PM
Well, Leni's 3rd Round match is today against Martinez. It'll be about midnight UK time (1am CET) so I think i can stay awake for this one :D

It's definately a match Leni can win, she usually does well after she has beaten a top player so hopefully she'll carry it through.

C'mon Leni! :woohoo: More VCash on Leni for this one too ;)

-Rache

forever_rafter
Aug 11th, 2005, 06:33 PM
If she wins this one we may see her on Eurosport tomorrow :D Pame Eleni! :bounce: :hearts:

Bероника
Aug 11th, 2005, 07:25 PM
wow wonderful news!!!! I couldn't come here earlier to say how proud of Eleni I feel...yeah I cross my fingers so we can get to see her on Eurosport...Bring down Martinez tonight!!! GO LENI GO!!!!

RayRob
Aug 11th, 2005, 09:48 PM
You have coverage on Eurosport [international] tomorrow? We don't have live coverage on Brit Euro....just semi-final highlights on Sunday 9.30-10.45am and coverage of the final on sunday at 11pm (I persume this is live). Other than that we have Nadda!?

Anyone staying online for Eleni's match today?

-Rache

guizzy
Aug 11th, 2005, 10:16 PM
I'll be online for the game tonight. I think ESP2 will be broadcasting tommorows games.

RayRob
Aug 12th, 2005, 02:26 AM
Sorry to report that Eleni had to retire after the first set which she lost, 6-1 ret. Apparently she withdraw because of that ankle :sad: probably safe to say she won't be playing now until US open, she'll have to rest! this is why I was hoping she would have the day off between Rd2 & Rd3, but can't take the 2nd round win away from her.

Well done Eleni - you did us all proud this week! :bounce:

Best wishes for Us Open where Rafter will be cheering you on :D

-Rache

forever_rafter
Aug 12th, 2005, 11:30 AM
Poor girl :sad: Let's hope it's nothing serious. Maybe a few days off will be enough to heal it...Here is a pic from the match
http://images.sportsline.com/u/ap/photos/CAJH104081122_1024x768.jpg

RayRob
Aug 12th, 2005, 01:23 PM
Thanks for the picture - she does look like she's in pain in that picture.....as if she is wincing on the foot.

I do hope she'll be ok.

Guizzy, any news in Greek media about Eleni and the ankle injury? Any words from Eleni in Greek press? Doesn't seem like the LA tournament have been releasing press conference transcipts like other events do.

-Rache

GET WELL SOON, Leni! :D

Bероника
Aug 12th, 2005, 02:26 PM
Oh my...how unlucky.I hope she retire to prevent it and she's ready for the US Open.I don't think any seed will want to have her name around in the draw.

Here are a couple of pics from the match:

http://eur.news1.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/ng/sp/ap_photo/20050812/all/l1520149.jpg

http://eur.news1.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/ng/sp/ap_photo/20050812/all/l1520148.jpg

alibaby
Aug 12th, 2005, 05:41 PM
Poor girl :sad: Let's hope it's nothing serious. Maybe a few days off will be enough to heal it...Here is a pic from the match
http://images.sportsline.com/u/ap/photos/CAJH104081122_1024x768.jpg
yeah,really sad for her... :sad: just as she had such a good run!but the future is yours,lenii-baby!! :kiss: :hearts: keep on running!

mzcreation
Aug 13th, 2005, 07:04 AM
Good news, heard it from Eleni's coach - the right ankle injury is not very serious... she just needs to rest it a bit and get some treatment. They're hoping she'll be well soon enough to play in New Haven, definitely the US Open. :bounce: Let's all breath a sigh of relief - for a minute there, they thought it could be a stress fracture!

RayRob
Aug 13th, 2005, 12:39 PM
:woohoo:

Thanks for letting us know - and you used your first post just to tell us :bounce: thank you!

When did you get to speak to Judith? Never expected Eleni go to New haven, but if she feels she'll be ready for that then that's fantastic :D

I sense great things to come forth at the US Open for Eleni ;)

:yeah:
-Rache

forever_rafter
Aug 13th, 2005, 02:12 PM
Thanks for good news, uffffffff :hug:

guizzy
Aug 13th, 2005, 10:01 PM
Ya thanks for the good news cause the only thing I could find in the Greek press was that Eleni is having some medical tests and she will know the following days if the injury is serious or not.

RayRob
Aug 13th, 2005, 10:18 PM
Well, thanks Guizzy :D I would have thought Greek press might have known more, but mzcreation seemed to have a more immediate source; Leni's coach.

From what's been said it doesn't appear to be too serious, it would be nice to see her in New Haven but it'll be great for Leni to go to the US Open 100% fit.....at least she has a couple of big wins under her belt - should do the world of good for her confidence!

:bounce: Yeah Leni! :yeah:
-Rache

forever_rafter
Aug 13th, 2005, 10:28 PM
I'll be in NY from August 25th (the US Open starts on August 29th) so if she decided not to play New Heaven I could see her practice and I tell you that the days of qualies are the best for fans

RayRob
Aug 14th, 2005, 05:30 PM
Well, make sure you get plenty of photos for us - an hopefully some great reports when you return :D

The US Open is my favourite grand slam so I hope to go there some day - not sure how easy it is to book a trip there from the UK :shrug: Anyway, hope you have a great time! :wavey:

-Rache

forever_rafter
Aug 14th, 2005, 07:39 PM
Last year I took about 90 pics of lena, I love taking photos (especially of players I like) so no worries ;)

Bероника
Aug 14th, 2005, 07:56 PM
wow I hope you 'll have great fun forever rafter!!!

forever_rafter
Aug 14th, 2005, 08:15 PM
I hope so too! I just need to get a Greek flag somewhere :)

RayRob
Aug 14th, 2005, 09:27 PM
Well, if the roads around Flushing Meadows are anything like the roads around and leading to Wimbledon, you should have no problem getting a Greek flag. When I got off one of the undergrounds near to Wimbledon there was a "stall" right outside selling every flag imaginable - so hopefully you won't have too many problems.

:woohoo:
http://hep.physics.uoc.gr/rumour/gflag.jpg

-Rache

forever_rafter
Aug 14th, 2005, 09:39 PM
Unfortunalety I've never ever seen it on the way to Flushing :-( But maybe I'll get ut from Greek Ambassy in Warsaw ;)

forever_rafter
Aug 20th, 2005, 06:53 AM
Eleni probably gains strenght for the US Open as I don't see her in any draws for the upcoming week

forever_rafter
Aug 21st, 2005, 09:27 AM
Eleni Daniilidou/Jennifer Russell play semifinal qualies today in New Haven :bounce: I hope they'll qualify to the main draw, don't know if Lena plays singles though :confused:

here is a schedule of play for today:

Court 2: Not Before 1:00 PM

3. Women's Doubles Qual: Semifinals
Eleni Daniilidou (GRE)
Jennifer Russell (USA) [1] vs. Angela Haynes (USA)
Jamea Jackson (USA) WC

After Suitable Rest
4. Women's Doubles Qual: Final
Winner of Daniilidou / Russell [1]
vs. Haynes / Jackson WC vs. Winner of Craybas / Gullickson
vs. Chladkova / Camerin [2]

RayRob
Aug 21st, 2005, 03:33 PM
Thanks for the update - saturday was busy with the wedding and all! I hope Eleni and Jen manage to qualify, and I think you are right in saying that Eleni isn't in in the New Haven Maindraw either....yet I'm sure i saw an interview that mentioned that she would see how she goes with the ankle, then will probably play New Haven before USO....but maybe she just meant in doubles :confused:

Well, might be able to catch some live doubles scores tonight if I'm back in time......wish she was in singles but she probaly couldn't get into the draw unless she went through quallies....oh well, never mind :shrug:

C'mon Leni and Jen :bounce:

forever_rafter
Aug 21st, 2005, 03:38 PM
wish she was in singles but she probaly couldn't get into the draw unless she went through quallies.

I guess so and playing qualies would be too risky for her ankle so I think she made a wise decision. I want her healthy and fit for the USO :) Can't wait to see the girl ;)

alibaby
Aug 21st, 2005, 04:49 PM
I guess so and playing qualies would be too risky for her ankle so I think she made a wise decision. I want her healthy and fit for the USO :) Can't wait to see the girl ;)
yeah,dito.btw,do you know anything new about agata mroz?...today was a lot of coverage on eurosport,but i did not get to see it!can you give me some results?did the polish girls play too?

and for elenii,i hope she can put it all together for new york.i wish her a good standing, now it goes towards the end of the season.but i have good faith in her.dont worry rafter,her time will come! :)

forever_rafter
Aug 21st, 2005, 09:46 PM
check out the volleyball thread :)

forever_rafter
Aug 21st, 2005, 10:02 PM
Lena and Jen are in the main draw :worship: they beat Craybas/Gullickson 2-6, 6-3, 6-1 in the qualies final :bounce:

And Agata Mroz played a bit in the 1st set :)

RayRob
Aug 22nd, 2005, 09:03 AM
Yeah, I stayed up to watch the scoreboard and was a bit worried when they lost the first set so easily (by score)....but they really did turn it around - very impressive! Hopefully this will be a great start to the main draw for them now!

Best wishes to Eleni and Jen :bounce:
-Rache

alibaby
Aug 22nd, 2005, 01:10 PM
Lena and Jen are in the main draw :worship: they beat Craybas/Gullickson 2-6, 6-3, 6-1 in the qualies final :bounce:

And Agata Mroz played a bit in the 1st set :)
good news at all!very important!what is your analysis for lenii at the UO?what do you think,how she will fare?i think,it will not be easy,but if all goes well(draw,health and so on..)the quarters are not impossible IMO..

forever_rafter
Aug 22nd, 2005, 01:11 PM
I think it depends on the draw, we have to wait and see. I hope for some clay specialists in early rounds.

Order of play for today:

Not Before 2:00 PM
Women's Doubles: 1st Round
Jelena Kostanic (CRO)/Janet Lee (TPE) vs. Eleni Daniilidou (GRE)/Jennifer Russell (USA) Q

Good luck Eleni and Jen!

alibaby
Aug 22nd, 2005, 03:40 PM
I think it depends on the draw, we have to wait and see. I hope for some clay specialists in early rounds.

Order of play for today:

Not Before 2:00 PM
Women's Doubles: 1st Round
Jelena Kostanic (CRO)/Janet Lee (TPE) vs. Eleni Daniilidou (GRE)/Jennifer Russell (USA) Q

Good luck Eleni and Jen!
yes,thats correct.

forever_rafter
Aug 22nd, 2005, 08:28 PM
Eleni/Jen won 6-4, 6-1 :bounce: :hearts:

RayRob
Aug 22nd, 2005, 10:01 PM
:woohoo:

As usual i was at work - i tried to get the scores up on WAP but there were only singles scores/results :( So I had a long evening at work and couldn't find out if Leni had won.....but :bounce: it's good to come home after a hard night and find some good news :D

Well done jen and Leni - keep up the great work!!!!!

:yeah:
-Rache

alibaby
Aug 23rd, 2005, 01:26 PM
Eleni/Jen won 6-4, 6-1 :bounce: :hearts:
nice result,yeah!! :) hope,it continues...

forever_rafter
Aug 24th, 2005, 08:41 PM
F*ck, did you see the US Open draw? Lena's 1sr round opponent will be Sharapova :fiery: Damn, I hope Eleni will beat the crap out of her

RayRob
Aug 24th, 2005, 10:58 PM
F*ck, did you see the US Open draw? Lena's 1sr round opponent will be Sharapova :fiery: Damn, I hope Eleni will beat the crap out of her

I was told today while I was at work - someone phoned me to tell me of the draw. I was excited that Lindsay got a VERY good draw! Then when I was told Eleni got Masha, I actually wasn't too worried.....infact the first thing I said was, "Well, Eleni beat Justine at Wimby"....then I got thinking....she keeps beating the high seeded players at these events, she beat Kuzzie the other week and not to mention the fact that she ALMOST beat Maria at Birmingham!

Eleni has the game to beat Maria, and I wouldn't be suprised if there is a first round upset - maybe Eleni can get a few tips of Lindsay of how to beat Maria a la Indian Wells Style: 6/0 6/0 ;)

I think she can do it......I really believe it. Could you imagine how it would have been for me had Lindsay have been the #1 seed......I don't think I would have been able to watch Lindsay vs. Eleni - it's make me bad ;)

Pame Eleni! :bounce:
-Rache :D

esdee
Aug 24th, 2005, 11:54 PM
Tough draw for Eleni but if Sharapova is still struggling with the shoulder injury, who knows what might happen......

RayRob
Aug 25th, 2005, 01:30 AM
Tough draw for Eleni but if Sharapova is still struggling with the shoulder injury, who knows what might happen......

I thought about that injury too - it's an injury that affects the serve, and we don't know how much she has been able to practice with it.

It would be a shame if she was injured, because it really does my head in when I read peoples posts when they mention Eleni df JHH at wimby.....they say, "oh but JHH was injured", "she wasn't well" etc....it was a great match and Elnei won fair and square.....but I'd hate for there to be the same tarnish on this match if Eleni won.....

forever_rafter
Aug 25th, 2005, 10:40 AM
We still don't know what condition Eleni's ankle is in. But let's hope for the best! BTW, I was supposed to fly to NY yestarday but my flight was cancelled after 4h delay. 1 day at the USO lost but I hope I'll fly today.Cheers

esdee
Aug 25th, 2005, 06:58 PM
I thought about that injury too - it's an injury that affects the serve, and we don't know how much she has been able to practice with it.

It would be a shame if she was injured, because it really does my head in when I read peoples posts when they mention Eleni df JHH at wimby.....they say, "oh but JHH was injured", "she wasn't well" etc....it was a great match and Elnei won fair and square.....but I'd hate for there to be the same tarnish on this match if Eleni won.....

Know what you mean RayRob, however a possible win over Sharapova would be a huge boost to both Eleni's ranking and confidence. I think that a player can sometimes feel mor pressure if they know an opponent is possibly injured, so Eleni will need to stay focused and assume Maria will come out all guns blazing.

RayRob
Aug 25th, 2005, 10:34 PM
Know what you mean RayRob, however a possible win over Sharapova would be a huge boost to both Eleni's ranking and confidence. I think that a player can sometimes feel mor pressure if they know an opponent is possibly injured, so Eleni will need to stay focused and assume Maria will come out all guns blazing.

Agreed....Eleni will have to go out on court as if Maria at her best is there, but she shouldn't let it worry her. to be honest, Maria will have more to worry about, more pressure. 1/ If by then she has lost #1 to Lindsay again, then she knows she has to do well at USO or she will miss another chance as after USO Maria has tons of points to defend! 2/ If her injury isn't 100% she might play cautiously and 3/ She will go out knowing that Eleni is the "Seed Killer" ( :lol: ) and that she's beat JHH AND Sveta in the last couple of months.

Eleni on the other hand can relax to some extend. By winning this match Eleni can only gain; confidence, momentum AND 200 bonus points for beating #1 seed in a GS - that'd do wonders for anyones ranking!

Some people are foo-fooing her chances, but she has it in her to do it....depending on how that ankle will be affecting her if at all. People forget that Eleni was once top 15 before those nasty injuries occured! She's already had the 2 big wins this year, i think Masha is a hurdel that Eleni needs to get over - like I say, she almost did it at Birmingham. Maria doesn't like those single-handed backhand slice shots. They stay low and Maria being so tall (any tall player really) will find it tough to generate some power from it.

I'm really looking forward to this match-up!

Pame Eleni :woohoo: you can do it :D

-Rache

RayRob
Aug 26th, 2005, 12:47 AM
Well, it's not officially stated on the pilo pen tennis website, but it seems that eleni and jen got a walkover in their doubles match as Anna-Lena Groenefeld has hurt her knee.....such a shame for her.

Oh well, I think this means Eleni and Jen through to Semi-final...or is it QF? I ought to check.

-Rache

elinaline
Aug 26th, 2005, 12:22 PM
F*ck, did you see the US Open draw? Lena's 1sr round opponent will be Sharapova :fiery: Damn, I hope Eleni will beat the crap out of her


Pame Eleni !!!! You are the Best :) :) :) :hearts:

RayRob
Aug 26th, 2005, 02:21 PM
Pame Eleni !!!! You are the Best :) :) :) :hearts:

phew....someone else has arrived ;)

I thought I was going to be talking to myself in here while Rafter is at the US Open for a week or so.....I'm sure Guizzy will make an appearance sometime soon :D

-Rache :wavey:

guizzy
Aug 26th, 2005, 09:04 PM
phew....someone else has arrived ;)

I thought I was going to be talking to myself in here while Rafter is at the US Open for a week or so.....I'm sure Guizzy will make an appearance sometime soon :D

-Rache :wavey:

I'm back again after a short holiday. Lena has had some tuff draws this year but I'm sure from the way she behaves in the court against the top players that she feels much more passioned when playing against them. That's also what she said in an interview a few weeks ago. I'm too exited about this match although I think I'm gonna miss it because I have to travel next week. Lena came too close in Birmingham and this time she has a great chance which I'm sure she is not gonna waste without fighting, actually I think she is not gonna waste it at all.
Pame Lenara gera!!

RayRob
Aug 26th, 2005, 09:58 PM
I'm back again after a short holiday. Lena has had some tuff draws this year but I'm sure from the way she behaves in the court against the top players that she feels much more passioned when playing against them. That's also what she said in an interview a few weeks ago. I'm too exited about this match although I think I'm gonna miss it because I have to travel next week. Lena came too close in Birmingham and this time she has a great chance which I'm sure she is not gonna waste without fighting, actually I think she is not gonna waste it at all.
Pame Lenara gera!!

that's interesting what she said about playing the top players....where was that interview? What were her words regarding that?

I too am feeling really excited at the thought of the match....mainly because I really think she can do it! Unfortunately I wasn't there for the match against Masha in B'ham - I was there the day before so just missed it :rolleyes: :bigcry: But when I was there for the final there seemed to be a buzz about the match from what I overheard people saying who must have seen it.

I'm pretty sure that it'll be a match that'll be shown on TV, perhaps the first night match - so being in the UK, I hope henman isn't schedueled at the same time. Having said that, my friend is going on holiday and I'm looking after her cat, she has Sky Digital and so I can choose the matches :yeah: So, either way, i guess I'll be watching it :D :bounce:

As I type this, Eleni and Jen are having a good, close hard-fought doubles match....Eleni/jen's service games seems to be being held quite easily - which is a good sign :D

hopefully they'll be some good news to report soon.

-Rache

RayRob
Aug 26th, 2005, 10:21 PM
:( Sorry, I don't have good news to report but Jen/Eleni lost their doubles match, but they were up against one of the top seeds and I'm actually suprised at how well they hung in....especially since they had to qualify! I think they lost 5/7, 6/3, 6/4....but their service games were being held quite quickly so hopefully that's a good sign.

I think it was their best run on the US hard courts this season - Well done girls :yeah:

Hopefully, this has been a good warm-up for Eleni ready for the USO :D Off to NY now....get some practice in ;)

-Rache

elena_k
Aug 27th, 2005, 07:37 AM
it is sad that they lost.:(..at least they took them to three sets and had a great game...i hope it will give Lena some confidence for her match against Sharapova.

alibaby
Aug 28th, 2005, 12:08 PM
hey,better a tough start,because it will give you sky-high confidence if you can beat her!!and you can do it,lenii-baby!! :kiss: :kiss:

RayRob
Aug 29th, 2005, 12:21 AM
Well, Eleni plays Maria (which we know) in the first round on monday. they have top billing as the first night match which will be midnight in the UK, so I'll be staying up for that - I might even record it on video in case of an upset ;)

Pame leni! :bounce:
-Rache

alibaby
Aug 29th, 2005, 02:01 PM
Well, Eleni plays Maria (which we know) in the first round on monday. they have top billing as the first night match which will be midnight in the UK, so I'll be staying up for that - I might even record it on video in case of an upset ;)

Pame leni! :bounce:
-Rache
yeah,would be great if she could win it!!good luck,lenii-baby!! :kiss: :kiss:

guizzy
Aug 29th, 2005, 10:22 PM
that's interesting what she said about playing the top players....where was that interview? What were her words regarding that?

I too am feeling really excited at the thought of the match....mainly because I really think she can do it! Unfortunately I wasn't there for the match against Masha in B'ham - I was there the day before so just missed it :rolleyes: :bigcry: But when I was there for the final there seemed to be a buzz about the match from what I overheard people saying who must have seen it.

I'm pretty sure that it'll be a match that'll be shown on TV, perhaps the first night match - so being in the UK, I hope henman isn't schedueled at the same time. Having said that, my friend is going on holiday and I'm looking after her cat, she has Sky Digital and so I can choose the matches :yeah: So, either way, i guess I'll be watching it :D :bounce:

As I type this, Eleni and Jen are having a good, close hard-fought doubles match....Eleni/jen's service games seems to be being held quite easily - which is a good sign :D

hopefully they'll be some good news to report soon.

-Rache

It was an interview a few days after she won Justin in Wimbledon. She said that she feels much more passioned and thirsty for a victory when she has to play against a top player.

RayRob
Aug 30th, 2005, 09:59 AM
It was an interview a few days after she won Justin in Wimbledon. She said that she feels much more passioned and thirsty for a victory when she has to play against a top player.

Thanks for that :D

Sorry to report that Eleni lost 6-1, 6-1. I watched the match and that score (particularly in the first set) doesn't really give justice to how well Leni had played! Eleni could have just as easily been up 3-0 in the first. However, it was on these big points that Eleni couldn't convert; either she threw in a double fault ( :sad: Thank serve!?!?), hit an error or Sharapova destroyed a lame second serve. The commentators for the match on Sky Sports counted how many game points Eleni has missed (including her own game points and break points). To give you an idea, Eleni never converted a game point until her 11th opportunity!

With all the negative points aside, Eleni played a fantastic first set! She did a couple of awesome single-handed backhands down the line and cross court passing Maria. Eleni's UE's were high, but beleive me 75% of those shots missed only by millimeters.....even on some I was like :confused: "WHAT!?! That was surely a winning shot!" *shouts at TV at 1.15am* :o

Bless, when she won that game she applauded herself and threw her arms in the air - celebration with the crowd for a minute or so....that was sweet :D

At the end of the first set Leni went and changed for a blue top to a white one but she didn't seem with it in the second set.

Most of her service games in the second set seemed to go a lot easier than they did in the first. I think she lost some fight in her - not too sure, but surely she must have been aannoyed with how bad her serve was!

Eleni also had to put up with the shouts of, "We Love You Maria!" which usually came either as Eleni was about to serve her 1st serve or between Eleni's first and second serve - I was so mad :fiery: And before the start of crucial points in the second game of the first set, Eleni was serving and that stupid 'Cyclops' machine beeped once mid-service motion and second serve and as Leni went to serve again it beeped. Eleni certainly lost concentration or focus because she thought she'd been awarded "first serve" again after the incidents, due to the fact that she couldn't remember if she'd served a first serve as the machine went off so many times.

I'm actually proud of Eleni, she played out of her skin in that first set, and it at least deserved to be closer....6-3 or 6-4. If she could have pulled it off it would have been a great win, but it wasn't to be this time.

Even the commentators in the UK had never seen Eleni play before :retard: which makes me wonder if they really are qualified to report on tennis! Anyway, if they have any credibility at all, then they were saying some lovely things about Eleni. They were amazed by her back hand - likening it to JHH or Amilie (when it was firing) - and kept praising her for all the huge wins she's had in the past (I think they mentioned 5 or 6 former #1's that Eleni had beaten in her time). The commentators, like us were a bit frustrated with Eleni's serve.....but you can't have everything - ask Elena Dementieva ;)

One last thing, I was very dissapointed that she didn't attempt to volley too much. I mean her WTA profile said she's a serve vollier - that didn't even happen once in the whole match! In fact, even when she could get into the net she chose not to and tried to lug it out from the baseline - which is where Maria will win because she could run it out forever! At 4-1 in the second set, Eleni did tr the vollying but it really was to late, they were half hearted attempts where Maria just blast past once, and two amazing lobs to finish the match off.

If Eleni can learn anything from this match, it's the following:

1. Get a better serve ;) the problem is the whole service action. She lands awkward on her feet - which could be how she twisted her ankle at LA and also the problem she gets with the shin.

2. She's a good vollier, but she doesn't use it very often. Cut off the hard baseline players by following some big ground strokes in, do a half volly or even a stop volly - someone so tall would find it difficult to run any down.

3. Learn to lob! Seriously. Although Eleni did a few glorious passing shots worth of high honour against Maria, there comes a time in a match where it won't work all the time. Suprise the opponant by attempting some killer topspin lobs - Maria showed in the last two points how sure shots work against a tall player ;)

I personally think that those are the 3 main things Eleni needs to concerntrate on in order to progress futher. I know she can do it - I just look forward to the Fall season and hopefully see her in full swing :D

I remember 2 years ago, Alicia Molik was in a similar career position as Eleni is now and she really worked hard to become a Grand Slam contender - and she did come out of no where. Before this ear infection, Alicia had an awesome 18 months.....hopefully Eleni will get something done about that serve - it really isn't too late and you don't have to settle for what you have....improvements are important :)

Well done Eleni - you did put up a good fight, that score doesn't do you any justice at all :bounce:

Hopefully we'll see her in doubles :bounce:
-Rache

Bероника
Aug 30th, 2005, 10:09 PM
I also lost sleep last night to watch Eleni ;) Too bad she could not push Sharapova more.I was slightly disappointed by the score.I agree with you her serve needs a lot of work.She's a big girl,she could use her serve as a weapon and its a liability sometimes.

All in all I'm glad because I got to see her on tv :hearts: Let's hope for better draws in her next tourneys.She was clearly unlucky.

We love you,Leni,win or lose!!! :hearts:

alkmene
Aug 31st, 2005, 05:09 AM
Lena plays doubles with Jennifer and their first match will be against number 6 Samantha Stosur/Lisa Raymond.Tough first round match but i think Jen and Lena are a considerable opponent.Good luck girls!!!!

RayRob
Aug 31st, 2005, 10:22 PM
Yeah, I just saw that! Leni is being drawn against the seeds far too often for my liking ;)

I'm sure that Lena and Jane played Stosur/Raymond recently - I think it was in New Haven and it was a close match; 5/7, 6/3, 6/4 i think. So they have a good chance - I hope they can win :bounce:

go Leni and Jen! :D

-Rache

RayRob
Aug 31st, 2005, 10:26 PM
Just checked and they are 3rd on Court 9 on thursday. I will be at work at this time but I am going to try and sneak a peek at the scores on my supervisors PC ;) hopefully I won't get caught....or I might get sacked ;) :lol: Or maybe not, I'm too indispensible :D

-Rache

RayRob
Sep 2nd, 2005, 12:10 PM
Well, i was so busy at work that I couldn't check any scores so I had to wait until i got home to find that Eleni and Jen lost their first round :sad:

I think it was 2 and 3 and was expecting it to be a little closer since they played them a couple of weeks ago and it was close 3 sets. :shrug:

It's anoying the way Eleni isn't getting some good draws as she keeps being drawn against seeded player, both in singles AND doubles. Hopefully the tide will change for her in the fall season and perhaps right now she can go home and get a little rest.

Also, I wonder if her singles ranking will drop since she was defending 4th round points.....hope it won't drop too much.

Rest up Leni - probably got a big fall schedule :wavey:

-Rache

alibaby
Sep 5th, 2005, 09:53 AM
dont let yourself down,lenii-baby!! :kiss: we all know,you can do much better!!!just stay optimistic and focused!! :kiss: :kiss: i believe in you!!

guizzy
Sep 5th, 2005, 09:06 PM
Anybody knows what is Lena's next tournament? Come on Eleni keep going!!

Calliope.
Sep 6th, 2005, 11:31 AM
Banka Koper Slovenia Open

Portoroz, Slovenia
September 19-25, 2005
Tier IV
Prize Money: $140,000
Draw: 32M/32Q/16D
Surface: Hardcourt/Outdoors
Tournament Director: Andrej Bizjak

Official Web Site:
www.sloveniaopen.si (http://www.sloveniaopen.si/)

Calliope.
Sep 6th, 2005, 11:31 AM
Gooooo Eleni :)

guizzy
Sep 6th, 2005, 10:02 PM
Thanks MartaHingisFan

RayRob
Sep 7th, 2005, 10:59 AM
oh, thanks :D

The poor girl - this events starts on her birthday :eek: Well, I hope she has some good results to make her day all the more special :bounce:

I think this is a new event.....there is no live score board though :sad: Oh well, I'm sure there will be someone to give scores of some discription in the tournament forum ;)

Pame Eleni!

-Rache

Calliope.
Sep 7th, 2005, 08:17 PM
The poor girl - this events starts on her birthday :eek: Well, I hope she has some good results to make her day all the more special :bounce:


I've noticed it too but I forgot to write it :)
Good luck Lena :) :bounce:

forever_rafter
Sep 8th, 2005, 04:31 PM
Hi my friends, I came back from the US Open today. Will share some pics and report tomorrow as I'm too tired at the moment (haven't slept for almost 30 hours and won't go to sleep anytime soon because of time difference) to focus on anything. Pame Eleni!

elena_k
Sep 8th, 2005, 07:04 PM
Hi my friends, I came back from the US Open today. Will share some pics and report tomorrow as I'm too tired at the moment (haven't slept for almost 30 hours and won't go to sleep anytime soon because of time difference) to focus on anything. Pame Eleni!
:wavey: Ula
A report from you would be great:D
hope you had a great time there:D

forever_rafter
Sep 8th, 2005, 07:17 PM
Well, it wasn't exactly what I hoped for but it's always lovely to see Eleni in person.I had better us opens in the past though

RayRob
Sep 8th, 2005, 07:41 PM
Wow, have been looking forward to your return to see some photos and read a report :wavey: welcome back!

Thought I was going to be chatting to myself here, but lots of people came in to join me - which was great to see :D

Get some rest and I look forward to reading your reports......

....as for me, it's a night off so I think I will settle in and watch a DVD :bounce:

bye for now,
-Rache

Calliope.
Sep 8th, 2005, 08:13 PM
Welcome back! :)

forever_rafter
Sep 9th, 2005, 06:15 PM
Guys, sorry but I won't be able to provide you with the report and the pics today, I didn't sleep for more than 33 hours and when I went to bed yesterday I slept for 14 hours, then had some things to do and now I just want to watch the semis. So please come back tomorrow, ok? Sorry again

Calliope.
Sep 9th, 2005, 10:02 PM
Ok don't worry it's ok :)

RayRob
Sep 9th, 2005, 11:43 PM
:lol: that's ok - no problems :D

I was watching the semi-finals too but I had to go my grandfathers house to do so because they switched coverage to a different sport channel that I don't have :rolleyes:

I'm sure it'll be a great report that will be well worth the wait :D

-Rache :wavey:

forever_rafter
Sep 10th, 2005, 02:12 PM
OK folks, I'm almost done with it ;)

forever_rafter
Sep 10th, 2005, 02:51 PM
Well I don't know if the report is that great, I think that pics are better ;) I landed in NY on August 25th (was supposed to be there a day before but my flight was cancelled) but didn't get to see Eleni until August 29th :sad: I was looking for her through the practice courts inside and outside, in the park but I had no luck (in comparison,last year and two years ago I met her a number of times...). So on Monday August 29th I finally saw her practice, unfortunately she practiced on the courts P1-P4 next to the President's Gate which I hate 'cause you can hardly see anything through the fence, I had to stick my camera in the hole in the fence to take pics, very uncomfortable...Eleni was in a great mood, she smiled a lot and joked with Judith and Lisa. Unfortunately Sharapova began practice next to her a few minutes later and I think Eleni wasn't very happy about that ;) I wasn't happy either as fans gathered around the court and when Lena, Jud and Lisa were leaving the practice court, the crowd was so big that I wasn't able to get close to them and I was pretty upset about that 'cause I wanted to say hi to them.
Here are the pics from the warming up:
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and from the practice:
http://img366.imageshack.us/img366/202/2917140212ht.th.jpg (http://img366.imageshack.us/my.php?image=2917140212ht.jpg)http://img366.imageshack.us/img366/2250/2917141818wv.th.jpg (http://img366.imageshack.us/my.php?image=2917141818wv.jpg)http://img366.imageshack.us/img366/7681/2917143215sm.th.jpg (http://img366.imageshack.us/my.php?image=2917143215sm.jpg)http://img366.imageshack.us/img366/1520/291714396ox.th.jpg (http://img366.imageshack.us/my.php?image=291714396ox.jpg)http://img366.imageshack.us/img366/2050/291714474my.th.jpg (http://img366.imageshack.us/my.php?image=291714474my.jpg)http://img366.imageshack.us/img366/6127/2917144713bh.th.jpg (http://img366.imageshack.us/my.php?image=2917144713bh.jpg)http://img366.imageshack.us/img366/4400/2917163917bs.th.jpg (http://img366.imageshack.us/my.php?image=2917163917bs.jpg)http://img366.imageshack.us/img366/2996/291717525np.th.jpg (http://img366.imageshack.us/my.php?image=291717525np.jpg)http://img366.imageshack.us/img366/5046/2917204214ux.th.jpg (http://img366.imageshack.us/my.php?image=2917204214ux.jpg)http://img366.imageshack.us/img366/3367/291720483fl.th.jpg (http://img366.imageshack.us/my.php?image=291720483fl.jpg)
I had a ticket for Eleni's Night Session match vs Sharapova but my seat was almost on top of the stadium so I hardly see anything. I was cheering for Eleni, shouting pame, ela and c'mon eleni but it didn't help much. I think she didn't play bad, especially the 1st set was very close although the score suggested it was an easy win for Sharapova. I'm sure that if Lena took a chance she had in Maria's opening game, it would be a whole different match...I don'tknow if you noticed that after the 1st set she changed her clothes completely as if wanted to start it all over again. It wasn't meant to be :sad:
The next day I came on courts a bit late and met a friend of mine next to the outside practice courts, in the park. We started talking about Eleni and all of a sudden I realized Jud and Lena were statnding a few metres from me. They must have just finished the training but somehow I didn't see them leave the courts. Before I could make decision whether to come up to them or not (I didn't know what mood Eleni was in) they jumped on the melex car. And that was when Judoth saw me, she waved to me and said "hi", Eleni turned around to see what's going on and she smiled and said "hi" as well but the car was already driving away...I didn't get to see them again until Lena's doubles match. My friend saw her practicing though and even my brother saw her the other evening walking around the courts wearing jeans and casual clothes (sight). As I said earlier, I had no luck this year at all...
The doubles match was the last time I saw Lena, at least I talked to Judith and Lisa but not Eleni. I asked Judith after the match if there was a chance I could talk to Eleni before they leave and she said yes. But again the luck was not on my side and in the end we never had a chance to talk :sad: I don't even have a pic with her from this year, neither from Warsaw nor from NY :sad: And as I expected more from this trip, I'm disappointed all went the way it went, on and off court.
Here are the pics from the doubles match:
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http://img104.imageshack.us/img104/5646/0115235210he.th.jpg (http://img104.imageshack.us/my.php?image=0115235210he.jpg)http://img104.imageshack.us/img104/5508/0115275913xs.th.jpg (http://img104.imageshack.us/my.php?image=0115275913xs.jpg)http://img104.imageshack.us/img104/8001/011543158ko.th.jpg (http://img104.imageshack.us/my.php?image=011543158ko.jpg)http://img104.imageshack.us/img104/3430/011627394lp.th.jpg (http://img104.imageshack.us/my.php?image=011627394lp.jpg)http://img104.imageshack.us/img104/4461/0115453518nz.th.jpg (http://img104.imageshack.us/my.php?image=0115453518nz.jpg)http://img104.imageshack.us/img104/1855/0115442719dt.th.jpg (http://img104.imageshack.us/my.php?image=0115442719dt.jpg)http://img104.imageshack.us/img104/5825/0116273917yb.th.jpg (http://img104.imageshack.us/my.php?image=0116273917yb.jpg)
P.S. Raymond and Stosur are in the doubles final, Sharapova lost to Kimmi in the semifinal so Lena lost to inform players both in doubles in singles, it's a little cheer up, I guess

RayRob
Sep 11th, 2005, 12:10 AM
:D Thanks for the report - sorry it didn't go as you expected it... :sad: Hopefully you'll see her next year at Warsaw....and hopefully I'll see her again at Birmingham :bounce:

You got some great photos though.....thanks for sharing them :D

you are right, Leni did lose to in-form players this year. I did mention in an earlier report of Leni's singles match against Maria that it was closer than the score suggested. I did actually see the match live on TV, I also recorded the match on video - and really it was neck and neck in the first set regardless of what the score said. If Leni had gone up 3-love it would have been a different story ;)

However, it appears Leni begins her Fall schedule in Slovenia on sept 19th (her birthday) so hopefully she will get some confidence, enjoy herself and win some matches back :D

Pame Eleni!

-Rache :bounce:

Calliope.
Sep 11th, 2005, 02:52 PM
Thank you very much for the report and the pictures, I love Eleni with this blue and white outfit! :)
I'm sorry for your bad luck :sad:

Go Eleni in Portoroz!

forever_rafter
Sep 11th, 2005, 04:39 PM
Blue is Eleni's colour, for sure :) I'm glad you liked the pics and enjoyed the report

RayRob
Sep 11th, 2005, 09:10 PM
Blue is Eleni's colour, for sure :) I'm glad you liked the pics and enjoyed the report

I agree, Leni's best colour is blue....I did prefer the dark blue colour she wore in her match against Maria :D

Here are a couple of fun pictures from her first round match in the darker blue colour:

http://www.afreeimagehost.com/upload/4260/Volley.jpg


http://www.afreeimagehost.com/upload/4260/Service.jpg

-Rache :wavey:

Calliope.
Sep 12th, 2005, 06:23 PM
I'm really looking forward to the beginning of that tournament in Slovenia... I hope that Eleni will finally get a good draw!