View Full Version : Dementieva doubtful for Open

Jan 16th, 2005, 12:29 PM
I've just read this article...

Russia's Elena Dementieva remains doubtful for this week's Australian Open after succumbing to 'heat illness'. Dementieva pulled out of the Sydney International on Friday after falling victim to the Australian summer when on-court temperatures soared towards 50 degrees Celcius (122.00F).

The French and U.S. Open runner-up spent two days in bed trying to recover but was still unable to hit a ball by Sunday afternoon.

"This is the first day I've been able to get out of bed," she told Reuters. "I feel like I'm getting better but I'm still not 100 percent."


Dementieva, seeded sixth in Melbourne, is due to play Ukraine's Alyona Bondarenko in the first round on Tuesday but said she would not make a final decision on her fitness until Monday.

"It depends how I train tomorrow. I will decide then," she said.

Dementieva was not scheduled to practice on Sunday but went on one of the outside courts for an impromptu session with her coach Olga Morozova.

She spent about 40 minutes on the court, running and stretching, and throwing the medicine ball to her trainer

Taken from www.eurosport.com

Jan 16th, 2005, 12:32 PM
Yeah at the Sydney International she pulled out of the Semi-final. When I saw her she had to have the trainer out because she had some hamstring problems. She shouldn't have continued to play doubles with Sugiyama, it made it worse. She was impressive though.

Jan 17th, 2005, 07:13 AM
Yeah... saw it in general messages.... I don't think I could bear it if she withdraws... especially considering her recent form

Jan 17th, 2005, 08:39 AM
If you remember back to the US Open, Elena also had to be treated for heat and dehydration problems. She just needs to learn to deal with the conditions better ... have a serious drink of water. But playing in extreme heat is NO fun whatsoever. And sometimes no matter how much water to take in, it isn't always enough.

Jan 17th, 2005, 08:45 AM
Well she is in tuesdays order of play so i guess she must have decided to play!!

Jan 17th, 2005, 11:01 AM
Shes playing during the day I think, it would've been better if it was a night match.

Jan 17th, 2005, 01:01 PM
Well she is in tuesdays order of play so i guess she must have decided to play!!


Jan 17th, 2005, 03:03 PM
Well she is in tuesdays order of play so i guess she must have decided to play!!
:D :D